Q. Do I require any vaccinations?

Vaccination requirements vary by destination and may change from time to time.   

We recommend that you seek advice from your medical practitioner or travel health clinic, at least six weeks before your cruise, to discuss your personal travel plans and obtain appropriate advice and vaccinations prior to travel. Seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for all guests.

You will find further travel health advice on the UK government funded website at www.travelhealthpro.org.uk and for guidance on seasonal influenza: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/51/seasonal-influenza.
You can also find vaccination information (correct at the time of print) in our brochure.

Mandatory Vaccinations

Yellow Fever

On 11 July 2016, changes to International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) regarding the validity of the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) for Yellow fever vaccine came into force

The period of validity of the ICVP has changed from 10 years to the duration of the life of the person vaccinated. This applies to all ICVP for yellow fever vaccination, including certificates already issued, and new or duplicate certificates. A valid ICVP, presented by arriving travellers, cannot be rejected on the grounds that more than ten years have passed since the date vaccination became effective as stated on the certificate and that boosters or re-vaccination cannot be required.

Yellow fever vaccination is a mandatory requirement for the following cruises:

Ventura N001 - due to call in Panama and certification requirements for following port in Costa Rica.
Aurora R101 - due to ports of call in Brazil

 

If yellow fever vaccination is contraindicated for medical reasons an exemption can be issued by your Medical Practitioner and this must be brought with you to the ship. Local Port Health Officials will then decide if a vaccination waiver can be issued

The exemption should be either detailed in a letter signed and stamped by the clinician or recorded in the International Certificate of Vaccination 

Guests without the correct documentation will be denied boarding.

Proof of Vaccination

You will not be asked for proof that you have had any other vaccinations other than Yellow Fever if this is a mandatory requirement for your cruise.

   

Zika virus

From 2016, travel health notices were issued by public health authorities for people travelling to areas where Zika virus is known to occur. Zika virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, although sexual transmission can also occur, and symptoms include fever, headache, red eyes, rash, and joint pains. The illness is usually mild, lasts between 2-7 days and affects only one in five people infected. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider prior to booking travel to areas with active Zika transmission. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder that can cause muscle weakness and paralysis for a few weeks to several months. In a small proportion of infections it can be triggered by Zika, much as it can after a variety of other infections. Most people fully recover from GBS, but some have long term damage. As the list of affected countries changes rapidly over time, we recommend you regularly review Public Health England’s website for updated information and a list of countries with active transmission: www.gov.uk/guidance/zika-virus. Please seek medical advice prior to travelling if this travel alert affects you. Guests are reminded to take enhanced precautions against biting insects by covering exposed skin, and using insect repellent.

 

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