Q. Do I require any vaccinations?

Vaccination requirements vary by destination and change from time to time. It is your responsibility to have with you any necessary health certificates.  

We recommend that you seek advice from your medical practitioner or travel medicine 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



Where to Find Vaccination Information

The health and well-being of our guests is important to us. With the NHS preparing for a big increase in cases of flu this winter please take the time to review the following guidance on seasonal influenza: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/51/seasonal-influenza
We would recommend speaking to your GP about receiving the flu vaccine before you travel.

You will find further travel health advice on the UK government funded website at www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

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 required for Aurora R801 and R901.

A valid International Certificate of Vaccination is required for those on board for the call to Manta, Ecuador (R801) and the Amazon region of Brazil (R901) and must be taken to the ship.


If yellow fever vaccination is contraindicated for medical reasons and 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.


Risk of Malaria

There is a risk of malaria in the following ports. Guests are strongly recommended to visit their helathcare provider to discuss their personal travel plans. Please take a copy of your itinerary including pre / post cruise travel with you so a full risk assessment can be made and the appropriate malaria prevention advice given.  



July 2017 - March 2019 including World Cruises

Arcadia: Mormugao, India, Port Vila - Vanuatu, Rabaul - Papua New Guinea, Kirwina - Trobriand Islands

Azura: Amber Cove - Dominican Republic

Oceana: Roatan - Honduras

Aurora - Amazon ports of Brazil Manaus, Parintins and Santarem, Roatan Honduras

Oriana: Roatan - Honduras

Ventura: Amber Cove - Dominican Republic


Guests should seek advice from a recognised travel medicine clinic or their own medical practitioner with regard to their personal itinerary including tours and pre / post voyage travel as malaria advice / prophylaxis may be recommended. 



Health Certificates & Proof of Vaccination

Vaccinations vary by destination and change from time to time. It is your responsibility to have with you any necessary health certificates.

You will not be asked for proof that you have had any other vaccinations other than Yellow Fever as detailed above.



United Arab Emirates / Japan 

We would like to inform you that some prescriptions, over the counter drugs, complimentary therapies and other medicines that are purchased in the UK may be illegal in the United Arab Emirates and are therefore banned in Sir Bani Yas Island, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Khor Al Fakkan. Japan also has rules regarding such medication.  Codeine, for example, is banned and no products containing codeine, which may include paracetamol, may be imported or sold in the United Arab Emirates.

An Import Certificate from the Japanese Authorities would be required in order to take such products into Japan.  

Penalties can be severe if banned substances are found when entering this country.

If you are taking any medication and are in doubt then please contact the London Embassy Medical Department on 0207 486 6281, or Japanese Embassy on 0207 465 6500 prior to your arrival. You may also check for further information at www.fco.gov.uk.  Anyone travelling with medications and/or syringes should carry a prescription with them. All medications should be kept in their labelled dispensing bottles or packages.  If the medications are "controlled" or injectable drugs it is also advisable to carry a Doctor's letter.

For United Arab Emirates, it is essential to carry a prescription for any medication as well as a medical report if you are travelling with syringes or other medical equipment. We strongly advise you to seek advice if any of the above affects you.


Please also see question: Can I take medications on board or into foreign countries? for drug advise.   

We strongly advise you to seek advice if any of the above affects you.


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 and 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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