French luxury expedition cruise line Ponant has updated its COVID-19 protocols, relaxing some measures but retaining its vaccination mandate.
As of 09SEP, guests no longer need to present proof of a negative COVID test prior to boarding any ships in the Ponant fleet. The company notes that some local authorities do still require testing and if so, guests will have the opportunity to do the required test on board.
Similarly, masking is no longer required, although it remains "highly recommended" both on board and ashore. Like testing, mask wearing is also subject to local laws in certain ports. Guest-facing crew members will still be masked.
The cruise line continues to require guests to be fully vaccinated. To board, guests must present proof of at least one of the three scenarios:
- A complete vaccination scheme that includes at least three doses of an mRNA vaccine,
- Two vaccination doses provided the second has been given within nine months of the date of embarkation. Proof of past infection can count as one of these doses,
- One vaccination dose or proof of past infection of more than 2 weeks and within a maximum of four months at the time of boarding.
In case of COVID cases on board, measures may also be eased. Ponant says that if a guest case is detected on board, the quarantine measures may be reduced depending on the diagnosis from the ship’s doctor regarding the risk of infection. Those diagnosed as being of low risk will no longer be automatically required to isolate and will be able to take part in activities, but under supervision and in compliance with instructions, to ensure all those on board remain safe. However, if the risk on board were to increase, Ponant and the ship’s Captain may need to re-introduce more extensive measures with regards to tests, mask wearing and quarantine on that ship.
The company notes that In all cases, it will increase any COVID measures to the level required by countries visited where they may be more restrictive.
More information on Ponant's health protocols and procedures is available by clicking here.