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International cruises will start again from England from 2 August after a 16-month break. People arriving at UK ports who have been fully vaccinated in the US and the EU will also not have to quarantine or take a test on day eight of their arrival, the UK government said. But they will still need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on the second day after they arrive.The government said international cruise travel advice “will be amended to encourage travellers to understand the risks associated with cruise travel and take personal responsibility for their own safety abroad”. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the reopening of travel was “progress we can all enjoy”. Richard Ballantyne, chief executive at the British Ports Association (BPA), said UK domestic cruises had demonstrated how ports and cruise lines could “ensure the health and safety of passengers, crew and destinations”.
The British Ports Association, which represents more than 400 ports, terminal operators and port facilities, said it was “disappointed” that arrivals from France still need to quarantine on arrival into England for ten days. In 2019, the global cruise line industry contributed more than $154bn (£110bn) to the global economy, according to the trade body Cruise Lines International Association.