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We’ve already seen stories of passengers being stranded on a cruise ship. As cases of Coronavirus spread emerge globally, there’s a an attempt on a war footing to take certain preventive measures. Last week, I put out a few handy resources that you could use in case you’re looking to travel or have upcoming travel.
State Dept. Advisory on Cruise Ship Travel
The US State Department issues advisories for US Citizens’ travel to other countries. Their most recent advisory suggests that US citizens refrain from traveling by cruise ships.
U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures. While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.