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State Department Urges Americans To Avoid Cruises

By Parker Diakite

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The State Department has issued an updated advisory urging Americans to avoid traveling on cruise ships after a second vessel carrying American citizens was impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

The State Department says U.S. citizens to not board cruise ships adding that the “CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment.”

A statement posted on the State Department reads:

“In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. 

In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures.  While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.”

Citing the Centers for Disease Control, the State Department also says that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease.  

“This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships,” the advisory reads.

The State Department added that passengers with plans to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information and continue to monitor the Travel.state.gov website.

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