Maritime Guidance

At a glance

The maritime guidance is for vessels operating in U.S. waters and includes recommendations on preventing and managing illnesses to help provide a safer and healthier environment for passengers and crew, as well as requirements for reporting illnesses and deaths to CDC.

Disease-specific guidance

Disease-specific guidance is provided for cruise ships. Non-passenger carrying vessels (e.g., cargo/container ships, bulk carriers, tanker ships, offshore ships, special purpose ships) and other passenger-carrying vessels (e.g., ferries) may also find this guidance useful as they develop their operational procedures.

For cruise ships

Report death or illness

All vessels sailing from a non-U.S. port destined to a U.S. port are required to report certain illnesses and all deaths that occur among travelers on board.