Carnival Cruise Line has introduced a new requirement for unvaccinated Floridians who wish to go on vacation cruises.
Those above the age of 12 who are not vaccinated will be required to purchase travel insurance for cruises departing from Florida homeports beginning July 31. When checking in, each visitor will be required to show proof of an insurance policy with a minimum of $10,000 in coverage.
The insurance must also include $30,000 in coverage for emergency medical evacuation and must not include COVID-19 exclusions. On the proof of insurance, a guest can be named as either a policyholder or a beneficiary.
If a guest does not have insurance, they will not be admitted and will not be refunded.
According to Carnival, the coverage could be bought through Carnival Vacation Protection or any other travel insurance provider. Carnival Vacation Protection, on the other hand, is only accessible until 14 days before sailing for individuals who live in the following areas:
The United States of America (excluding New York and Puerto Rico)
Canada (excluding Quebec)
The Virgin Islands of the United States (St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix)
Guests who have been fully vaccinated do not need to purchase travel insurance but must provide proof of vaccination in the form of a vaccine card, digital COVID-19 certificate, and a record of immunization from a healthcare provider's health record or government immunization information system record.
Carnival said that vaccinated guests might need the contact details of the clinic that issued the certificate in the case that the cruise ship has to verify it.
Guests who have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated may be tested. If the test is positive, the guest and their companions will not sail and will be quarantined locally.
Those that need quarantine will get a future cruise credit.