Healthy Cruising with P&O

At P&O Cruises the health, safety and well-being of our valued guests, the communities we visit and our loyal crew, is a top priority. Our health and safety practices have always been of the highest standard.

We have worked closely with federal and state authorities on enhanced health protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 onboard.

The safety measures that we are implementing are shown below.

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Before You Cruise

Before we leave

Understand Health Requirements

Before finalising travel plans guests need to carefully review our Healthy Cruising protocols accept the COVID-19 Acknowledgment, and understand their obligations to comply with health requirements.

NSW Health Fact Sheet for Cruises departing or entering NSW

Before we leave

Health Declaration

Prior to boarding, guests will complete a health declaration this includes verification the guest does not have COVID symptoms.


Guests Vaccinated

All guests 12 years and older are required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA approved or recognised vaccine. It is strongly recommended that eligible children under 12 years of age are also fully vaccinated.

Minimum 95% of guests must be fully vaccinated on each P&O Cruises departure .

Guests must declare their vaccination status at time of booking and provide proof of vaccination status before boarding.

For more details about COVID-19 vaccination requirements, click here .


Confirm Negative COVID test

Guests are required to take a self-administered Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hrs of boarding or a PCR test within 72 hours of boarding. Click here for more details.



Mask Wearing

Masks are to be worn during check-in and embarkation, and at all times while inside a cruise terminal, in line with Public Health Orders for airports and public transport.

Masks must also be worn indoors onboard, including on the ship’s tenders, where physical distancing is not possible.


Staggered Check-In

Staggered check in is in place with time slots available to pre-select in Cruise Control, to ensure responsible physical distancing at the cruise terminal .

While We're Cruising

Onboard Health Information

Onboard Health Information

Health information is readily available onboard, and our crew are trained in all COVID-19 health protocols. We’ll give you regular reminders about ways to stay healthy while you’re onboard and ashore.

Onboard Health Information

Onboard Healthcare

Our highly-trained medical staff of doctors and nurses are experienced in caring for a broad range of medical conditions, including COVID-19. Each of our onboard medical centres are equipped with COVID-19 testing and treatment capabilities. We will provide free medical assessments for respiratory symptoms and COVID-19 as appropriate.

Onboard Health Information

Cleaning & Sanitisation

At P&O, we’ve always strived to offer a clean and sanitised onboard environment. We are cleaning public areas and guest rooms thoroughly and more frequently using a safe disinfectant that’s clinically proven to quickly kill novel coronaviruses. Additional handwashing facilities and hand sanitisation stations are available for your convenience.

Onboard Health Information

Physical Distancing

Responsible physical distancing is managed by adjusting the flow, timing and size of groups. Masks are required for all guests and crew when physical distancing is not able to be maintained.

Onboard Health Information

Onboard Ventilation

Enhanced fresh air distribution into public spaces and guest rooms and fresh air supply and HEPA exhaust filtration is used in key areas such as onboard medical centres and isolation rooms.

Onboard Health Information

Port & Shore Visits

P&O is working in conjunction with government health authorities and public health experts at all our ports and shore destinations to ensure alignment on enhanced health measures. We'll share the status of local guidelines with you prior to disembarkation at each destination.

P&O shore tour operators must also follow the same health and safety protocols we have onboard along with any additional local health requirements.

Disease activity and health regulations are also regularly monitored in the destinations we visit so we can adjust our cruise itineraries as necessary.

Onboard Health Information


Staggered disembarkation is in place with allocated times to allow physical distancing.

Masks must be worn when disembarking, and at all times when inside a cruise terminal, in line with Public Health guidelines for airports and public transport.

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We can’t wait to start cruising again and welcome all our valued, passionate guests onboard! Until then, stay safe and keep an eye out for more updates from P&O.

As of 26 April 2022 the protocols and policies detailed on this page are correct. We will keep you updated on any changes to our enhanced health and safety measures as they happen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Guest Vaccination

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Before Booking

Preparing for your Cruise

Travelling with Children

At the terminal and embarkation

Health and Safety Onboard