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Test Requirements to Sail
Carnival Cruise Line

What kind of pre-cruise COVID-19 tests are acceptable?

Guests must be tested with a COVID-19 viral test that is either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

Antigen tests include (acceptable for fully vaccinated guests only):

  • Rapid antigen test

  • Viral antigen test

  • Antigen Chromatographic Digital Immunoassay

  • Antigen Chemiluminescence Immunoassay, or

  • Antigen Lateral Flow Fluorescence

NAAT include (acceptable for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests):

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction

  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real-time PCR

  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) test

  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) test

  • Molecular test or molecular diagnostic test

  • Isothermal amplification

  • Droplet Digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)

  • Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)

A rapid antigen or rapid PCR test is acceptable (of the test types listed above).

Is a self-test acceptable?

Fully vaccinated guests may use a medically observed self-test (sometimes referred to as home test) that meets the following criteria:

  • The test must be a COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. Some FDA-authorized self-tests that include a telehealth service may require a prescription.

  • The telehealth provider must confirm the person’s identity, observe the specimen collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets the requirements of acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test.