Holland America Line (HAL) is further simplifying it’s COVID-19 protocols, announcing Oct. 28 that it will drop its testing requirement, regardless of vaccination status, for most sailings.
It marks the latest update to the line’s “Travel Well” COVID-19 protocols.
Effectively immediately, unvaccinated guests sailing on “Standard Protocol” voyages will no longer need a test prior to sailing, the line says.
Checks of individual guest vaccination status will be discontinued on Standard Protocol voyages as well (unless required by destinations).
“Our guests continue to show their excitement to return to cruising, and this is another step toward making it as easy as possible for them to safely explore the world in a way they love,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, in a statement.
Using the Health Protocols Tool, guests can submit their booking number to see specific protocols for their voyage.
Some sailings still fall outside of the “Standard Protocol” category, but most sailings, including Panama Canal transits of up to 15 nights, are considered to be Standard Protocol.
Guests on Enhanced Protocol voyages will be provided additional information about protocols based on ports visited.
Guests can also continue to submit documents electronically or use the VeriFLY app ahead of embarkation for a simple and faster check-in process.
Holland America Line recommends guests visit the TravelWell section of the company’s website for updates prior to cruise departure, as well as instructions on how to provide results of a negative test, where required.