Disney Cruise Line dropping Covid-19 vaccination requirement for kids

    Starting on September 2, Disney Cruise Line will drop the requirement for guests ages 5 to 11 to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 for sailings leaving US and Canadian ports.

    The cruise line’s previous rule required guests 5 and older to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

    “In consideration of CDC guidance, Disney Cruise Line highly recommends that Guests ages 11 and younger be fully vaccinated before sailing,” Disney Cruise Line’s website reads.

    Beginning September 2, 2022, for sailings departing US and Canadian ports, Disney Cruise Line will only require Guests ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing.

    Disney Cruise Line accepts the following vaccine types for Guests ages 5 and older: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (VeroCell), Sinovac-CoronaVac and Covavaxin (Bharat Biotech).

    The CDC defines fully vaccinated as 14 days after receiving one of the following:

    • A single dose of an accepted 1-dose vaccine
    • The second dose of an accepted 2-dose vaccine
    • The second dose of any “mix and match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (administered at least 17 days apart)

    Guests who are not fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken one to 3 days before the sail date. The test should be a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), a rapid PCR test or a lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. This will be the first of 2 tests required for Guests not fully vaccinated; the second test will be conducted at the terminal on embarkation day.