Uniworld Boutique River Cruises removes vaccination requirement for 2023 cruises

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From 2023, passengers sailing on Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will no longer need to show proof of vaccination to sail.

Uniworld made the announcement on Wednesday, writing in a statement that it will continue to fully vaccinate its guests against COVID-19 until the end of this year, with the rule no longer applying from January.

“While we continue to require our customers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through 2022, we have made the prudent and informed decision not to require a COVID vaccination for customers traveling with Uniworld in 2023” , Uniworld said on Wednesday.

Customers will still need to comply with the entry requirements for the specific countries they are sailing to, whether on Uniworld river, land or rail tours. Uniworld lists these requirements on its Travel Requirements page.

With this news, Uniworld joins a growing list of river and ocean cruise lines that are dropping vaccination requirements. Most major shipping lines, including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, etc., have announced in the past two weeks that they will allow unvaccinated cruise passengers on most sailings.

Advisors speaking to TMR recently said the announcements had made a difference to clients, especially those who had been waiting more than two years for the requirements to be removed. Some mentioned family members who had not been vaccinated and who could now be part of multi-generational groups that have been in vogue since the start of the pandemic.

Other advisers also said removing the vaccination requirement gave them one less thing to worry about or ask when talking to customers.

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