Tested Positive for Covid in Mid Dec. Still testing Positive today.

My Cruise is coming up in 26 days and I am still testing positive for covid that I had in mid Dec. My Dr said I can test positive for up to 90 days but am not contagious and have no remaining symptoms. Has anyone else had to deal with this? Can I use a Dr. note to bypass the testing?

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Check with your cruise line. Some such as NCL seem pretty adamant ... not test positive within 14 days of sailing.

You might not be allowed to board. Obviously if you are testing positive then the virus must still have a presence. Hope it works out.

Yes, check with CCL and PLEASE let us know what they say. I'm especially interested because we're going on the exact same cruise as you, only a month later (March 6th).

I found this from the CDC website. I am waiting to hear back from CCL.

Information for people who recently recovered from COVID-19

If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 months and met criteria to end isolation, you do NOT need to get tested before or after cruise travel unless you have symptoms. CDC has found that people can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after they had COVID-19 and not be infectious to others. Travel with a copy of your positive test result and a letter from your healthcare or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.” If you are asked by officials in a foreign country, you may be required to show this documentation. You also do NOT need to self-quarantine after cruise travel if you have recently (within the past 3 months) recovered from COVID-19, even if you are not fully vaccinated. If you develop new symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and consult with a healthcare provider for testing recommendations.

Link = https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-cruise-ship

Hope it works out well!

Good lick. Let us know how things settle

Good Luck, and please advise how this turns out.

Have you had any updates on this yet?

My 2 cents: if you're still testing positive, stay home.

If you're insured, you could wait it out.

If you're still positive then you should cancel and rebook when you're negative.

I hope it works out in the end.


The key here is what CCL has to say about who boards and who doesn't. I'd love to hear what their response (if any) is...Hate to turn up at the terminal and somebody says NO....Last trip (end of NOV), we managed to get tested at a local walk in clinic in Galveston (along with skeighty-eight) other folks cruising within the two day window ...got results on my cell in less than an hour, and they printed it for us (nice folks). All negative...produced it on demand to some doofus boarding clerk whose sole job it was to review the things and make sure all is in order. She didn't know where the test results came from, and had difficulty counting the dates...probably illiterate....and wanted to send us for ANOTHER test...did my usual and demanded a supv, who, fortunately, was nearby...she blessed it and off we went...took a minute or three to calm down...point is......well.....you get the point.....the CDC says one thing (daily) and the cruise lines say another, and it all comes down to whatever happens at the terminal.....good luck and PLEASE let us know what happens!!!

Starting today, the govt will send [4] free home tests to any household that requests it. While they are not the kind of test that would be honored by the cruise lines (those requires independent verification), they still may help out for anyone who wants to stay abreast of their status prior to taking an "official" test that the lines require.

Here's the link



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