Information for the cruise industry

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 ships sailing under Sydney Harbour Bridge

Cruising industry and passenger obligations

All cruise vessels travelling to NSW and Australia must comply with Australian Government entry requirements and the 2015 Biosecurity Act.

The cruise industry must comply with the NSW Government approved Eastern Seaboard Cruise Protocols (PDF 541.68KB) and the CDNA National Guidelines for Cruising in Australia.

Information for the cruise industry

The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) has developed national guidelines for the prevention, control and public health management of COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships in Australia.

The Eastern Seaboard Cruise Protocols have been endorsed by the NSW Government and co-designed by officials from the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Governments, in close partnership with the Australian Government and cruise industry. Cruise industry and passengers must also consider domestic onshore restrictions that apply locally and any guidance from a cruise operator

NSW advice for the cruise industry provides additional COVID-19 risk mitigation measures specific to NSW for all cruise vessels intending to enter or leave a NSW port.

Information flyer for passengers disembarking from a cruise ship with a green or yellow risk level category.

Information flyer for passengers disembarking from a cruise ship with a red or amber risk level category.

Download the Excel template for reporting acute respiratory or gastrointestinal illness onboard a vessel.


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