Coronavirus fears sees cruise lines ban Chinese passport holders

Chinese passport holders are being barred from two cruise lines in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines are banning passengers and crew members from their cruise ships who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, or Macao “until further notice” because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines are also barring any guest or crew member on board one of its ships if they’ve travelled “from, to, or through” China, Hong Kong, or Macao in the last 15 days and 30 days respectively, regardless of nationality.

Two cruise ships are currently quarantined after passengers became infected with the coronavirus.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced a strengthening of coronavirus measures across its ocean-going members, including denying boarding to anyone who has travelled via airports in China, Hong Kong and Macau within 14 days before embarkation.

“The health and safety of passengers and crews is, and must remain, the top priority for the cruise industry,” said Joel Katz, the association’s managing director for Australasia.