NEWS: Carnival outlines criteria for approved COVID-19 home test for vaccinated guests. Here’s what was reported on Carnival’s website regarding pre-cruise home tests or self tests that are acceptable to use.
This information on COVID-19 home test or self test was reported on Carnival Return to Service FAQs and is subject to change so always CHECK FOR UPDATES closer to your cruise or contact the cruise line.
“Is a COVID-19 self test [sometimes referred to as home test] acceptable?
Fully vaccinated guests may use a medically observed self-test [sometimes referred to as home test] that meets the following criteria:
- The test must be a COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. Some FDA-authorized self-tests that include a telehealth service may require a prescription.
- The telehealth provider must confirm the person’s identity, observe the specimen collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets the requirements of acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
- Fully vaccinated guests may also consider using an Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test which includes a viral antigen home test and the services of an eMed telemedicine professional who will supervise the administration of the home test. The test provider must provide guests with an official test result; no handwritten report. Results are provided in approximately 15 minutes and test kits are available to be shipped in 50 states. Tests can be purchased by accessing either of the links above.”
Carnival’s website also stated, “While we had previously raised the possibility of more on-site testing at our terminals, the logistics of making this service widely available to a large number of guests does not make this a viable option. Nevertheless, we did want to provide these additional suggestions for our guests.”
NOTE: This information on a COVID-19 home test may change at any time. Be sure to check the Carnival website often and closer to your cruise date.
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