Health and Safety Protocol


Oceanwide Expeditions Embarkation Protocol

There are currently no pre-embarkation requirements relating to vaccinations. As part of our safety processes, we follow the guidance of the cruise industry and the requirements of the countries we visit. While there are currently no specific rules, requirements can change at any time. Please check requirements well ahead of your departure and also directly beforehand.

In event of passengers becoming unwell onboard we will follow a set protocol to keep that person and other guests, crew and staff safe and minimise potential pred of infections.

  • Respiratory tract infections can begin with vague symptoms such as headache and blocked nose or more classic influenza-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, and generally feeling unwell.
  • Infected passengers (COVID or non) are recommended to stay in their cabins, have meals in their cabins and minimize contact with other passengers and crew. There is no requirement to go into isolation unless strictly indicated by a doctor or medical advisor.
  • Passengers with infectious disease-related complaints such as COVID, flu, or heavy cough should wear a face mask and respect safe distances from other passengers.

Oceanwide onboard protocols

Our protocols may change commensurate with the risks posed from infectious diseases including COVID. Any measures in place on board will be fully explained by the crew and staff onboard as required.

To help us keep a clean and health ship we ask guests to follow these basic hygiene principles:

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or inside of elbow
  • Wash or sanitize hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Respect distances from guests who may feel uncomfortable in a ‘close’ environment

In general, face masks are not obligatory on the vessels. Passengers can move freely on board, including in public spaces, while respecting other passengers (for example, some may choose to wear a face mask and keep a safe distance).

Vessel and staff updates

In addition to the above protocols, updates to our vessels and enhancements to our staff practices will further protect passengers on board as determined by the risks posed at that time:

  • Upgraded ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems that enable fresh air intake and UV-based air filtration technology
  • Thermal cameras for continuous automated temperature screening
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation products and procedures
  • Disinfection with dispersion technology
  • Outbreak prevention and response plan
  • PCR and/or antigen testing if required by local protocols or in case of suspected symptoms

Information and requirements for travel

As requirements vary per destination, it is the traveller’s responsibility to comply with all safety practices. Upon request, we can issue a statement confirming a guest has taken an onboard COVID-19 test for an additional charge. Oceanwide cannot guarantee this statement will guarantee travel or entry into a country.

Before travelling, consider the risk that you may be infected or impacted by restrictions, entry bans, quarantines, or other safety measures. In addition, check the capacity of the health service at your destination and how you can return home in case you become ill.

PLEASE NOTE: Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to amend these guidelines based on changing circumstances on our vessels or revised local regulations.