Cruising and COVID-19

With cruising available for international and domestic travel, there are rules and protocols in place for the industry and passengers to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19.

Cruise ship in Sydney Harbor

All international passengers travelling to Australia must comply with Australian Government entry requirements.

All local and international passengers cruising from and within NSW must comply with the NSW Government approved Eastern Seaboard Cruise Protocols (PDF, 201.25 KB), including being fully vaccinated for international travel purposes. 

International travellers are not required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in NSW. See COVID-19 information for international arrivals for recommendations on how to protect yourself and everyone around you from COVID-19. 

Update on cruise vessel COVID-19 status

Last updated: 30 June 2022

Vessel: Pacific Explorer - YELLOW* (risk level 2 of 4)
Depart Sydney 27 June; return 1 July

Cruise reporting CDNA level 1

1.GREEN

No / Low Impact to Vessel
There are very few cases on board (less than 3 positive cases per 1,000 people), and there is no impact to services.

Cruise reporting CDNA level 1

2.YELLOW

Low-Moderate Impact to Vessel
There are some cases on board (3-29 positive cases per 1,000 people), but there is no impact to critical services such as healthcare, engineering, cleaning, food and beverage.

Cruise reporting CDNA level 3

3.AMBER

Moderate Impact to Vessel
There are quite a few cases on board (30-99 positive cases per 1,000 people), and/or the vessel’s staffing or resources are impacted. However, it can safely maintain critical services.

Cruise reporting CDNA level 4

4.RED

High Impact to Vessel
There are a lot of cases on board (100 or more positive cases per 1,000 people) and/or the vessel is unable to maintain critical services due to staffing or resource shortages.


* This classification is from the Critical outbreak thresholds for COVID-19 reporting purposes.  For more information please also see the CDNA National Guidelines for Cruising in Australia.

Cruising for industry and passengers

Cruise happy couple

If you are considering going on a cruise ship that arrives at or departs from a NSW port, you should follow the NSW Health information for cruise ship passengers which includes considerations you should take before, during and after a cruise, as well as how you can protect yourself and others.

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