COVID-19 Vaccine Required
At the cruise terminal prior to embarkation, guests will be required to provide proof of an initial completed vaccine course (one or two shots, depending on the brand) finished at least 14 days prior to the guest's embarkation date. For some countries in Europe and Tahiti, your last COVID-19 vaccination shot is required to be within a specified time period, usually within the last 270 days. Please check all countries you will be visiting on your cruise to be sure you meet the vaccine and booster requirements.

Currently, masks for guests are optional in all sailing areas.

Mask policies continue to evolve. Windstar follows policies in place in each destination. Windstar highly recommends guests wear masks in indoor public spaces.

COVID-19 Testing
Guests are responsible for understanding and complying with applicable COVID-19 policies. Check the CIBT Entry Guide.
Windstar requires guests to arrive at the pier with a negative COVID-19 test result in hand. Windstar also accepts medically observed telemedicine tests.

Proof of a negative antigen test (professionally administered or medically observed via telemedicine*) taken no more than two days before you’re scheduled to board your ship.
  • Search the internet for an at home medically observed telemedicine test for travel
  • The two-day window is not time dependent; if you board on a Friday the test can be taken as early as Wednesday.

Proof of a valid negative PCR test taken within three days of your scheduled boarding time.
  • It must be administered or observed by a pharmacy, laboratory, or healthcare entity
  • The three-day window is not time dependent; if you board on a Friday the test can be taken as early as Tuesday.

For medically observed telemedicine tests please note the following:
Only medically observed self-tests will be accepted and it must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test). Search online for a COVID-19 at home medically observed telemedicine test for travel. Be sure and select one that has live video monitoring or contact your health provider.

How to find a test while traveling abroad
  • Call your hotel to inquire in advance, most offer testing now
  • Check at your airport for a test facility
  • Search online for testing sites
  • Search online for a medically observed telemedicine test and take with you (see above)

Guests who show up at embarkation without a negative test result in hand will be administered an antigen test by Windstar and charged a $69 fee.

Beyond Ordinary Care

Here at Windstar Cruises, the health and safety of everyone on board is a top priority.

The Beyond Ordinary Care program is a multi-layered strategy with key hospital-grade elements: HEPA filters and UV-C ultraviolet germicidal irradiation to filter and disinfect the air, plus electrostatic sprayers to sanitize all surfaces throughout the yacht.

We have made a multi-million dollar investment in our fleet in an effort to provide a healthy environment while sailing on a Windstar yacht. Hospital grade high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters along with a UV-C air zapping process (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation) have been installed on board all Windstar yachts.

Our Beyond Ordinary Care program was developed with consultation and review by the Senior Medical Director in the UC Health Infection Control and Prevention Department at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and implements a rigorous multi-layered approach of science-led best practices aimed at keeping everyone aboard healthy.