Know Before You Go Updates: European Cruise Pre-Cruise Testing Requirement Changes Coming July 30th

Disney Cruise Line updated the Know Before You Go page for Cruise Passengers Visiting Europe on July 13th (archived) with updated health and safety protocols. According to the Know Before You Go update, there will be a change to pre-trip COVID-19 testing for Disney Magic European departures on or after July 30, 2022.

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Pre-Trip COVID-19 Testing
For all sailings, Guests who are not vaccine-eligible, because of age, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date. Guests 4 years of age and under must complete these testing requirements. The test should be a COVID-19 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 ages 4 and under; the second test will be conducted at the terminal prior to embarkation (paid for by Disney Cruise Line). 

For sailings departing European ports before July 30, 2022, all Guests (regardless of age and vaccination status) will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the terminal before boarding on embarkation day. 

Fully vaccinated Guests on sailings departing European ports on or after July 30, 2022, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken no more than 1-2 days before setting sail to be exempt from embarkation testing at the terminal. Completing pre-trip testing prior to embarkation day enhances the efficiency of boarding and confirms that you are negative for COVID-19 prior to traveling to the terminal. Pre-trip test results must be uploaded into the Sail Screen app available on the Project Screen by Prenetics website by midnight prior to embarkation day. 

Antigen tests must be completed using a professionally proctored in-person or telehealth service and come with digital results that can be uploaded to the Sail Screen app. A nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or PCR test is also acceptable. Guests can purchase COVID-19 tests through our third-party vendor, Project Screen by Prenetics for $32 USD (or £30 GBP). Guests may also obtain a test from any independent testing supplier or pharmacy. 

Fully vaccinated Guests who do not upload pre-trip test results to the Project Screen by Prenetics website by midnight prior to embarkation day will be tested at the terminal before boarding and will be charged for the cost of the test. The cost of embarkation tests for fully vaccinated Guests will be $74 USD (£60 GBP or 550kr DKK) for the initial antigen test, and, if needed, $125 USD (£105 GBP or 927kr DKK) for a confirmatory PCR test, charged at the time of service. 

Guests can also use the Sail Screen by Prenetics website to purchase and schedule a pre-trip test to be performed at a testing location set up near the cruise terminal, one to 3 days before their sail date. Results will be available 24 to 48 hours from the time the sample is received by Prenetics and will be sent to the email address provided during registration on the Prenetics website.

Excerpt from Know Before You Go | Europe | Disney Cruise Line (archived) on 7/13/2022

Emails, such as the following, were also sent out to guests booked on upcoming European sailings. At the end, of the correspondence there is an important note:

Guests booked on the Disney Magic July 30, 2022 through September 18, 2022 may modify their sail date or cancel their sailing without any Disney-imposed cancellation fees by contacting our reservations team at 1-866-325-6685 or 407-566-7797 by July 27. 2022 Please note that change fees and cancellation fees imposed by third-party suppliers, such as airlines and hotels, as well as travel insurance, are not refundable. Refunds will be processed back to the original form of payment. Standard cancellation policies and terms and conditions apply for any cancellation or modification requests received on or after July 28, 2022.

excerpt of Disney Cruise Line email for Disney Magic sailings 7/30/22 – 9/18/22.
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We will continue to monitor for additional changes, but please take the time to read and familiarize the information on Disney Cruise Line emails and Know Before You Go pages, specific to your upcoming sailing as this remains a dynamic situation.

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