Avoiding Exposure to COVID-19 Prior to Travel
It is important for all travelers to maintain good health prior to traveling. Although the vaccine is currently being distributed, it will take some time for the entire population to become immunized. Until you have received your full vaccine dosage, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. Please carefully review the most up-to-date CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others. The guidelines include:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating or preparing food, touching your face, using the restroom, and leaving a public place.
- If you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Always avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- If a member of your household is sick, separate yourself as much as possible. When separation is not possible, wear masks when interacting and maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and the person.
- While in public, maintain a 6-foot (approximately two arms length) distance between yourself and other people. Remember, even if you’re not feeling ill, asymptomatic transmission may still be possible.
- While in public, wear a cloth face covering.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces (such as doorknobs, tables, countertops, light switches, phones, etc.) with detergent or soap and water and then with a household disinfectant.
What to Do if you Are Experiencing Symptoms Prior to Travel
If you begin experiencing these symptoms in the weeks leading up to your departure, for your safety and the safety of others, please contact your doctor and get tested immediately. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will not be allowed to join the trip until subsequent testing comes back negative and you get clearance from a doctor. If you are exhibiting symptoms upon arrival, you will be asked to remove yourself from the group and get a doctor’s clearance in-country (at your own expense) in order to rejoin the group.
At the time of this writing, we intend to require that all travelers show proof of vaccination (both doses, if applicable) or a negative rapid antigen test taken within three calendar days prior to arrival at the destination. Travelers will be required to show written proof of negative test results or vaccination to the Tour Manager at the first group gathering of the program. Local staff (drivers and guides) will also be required to have a negative test result within three calendar days before the start of the trip. There will likely be testing or vaccination requirements for returning to the United States at the end of the trip.
Please be advised that if a destination’s entry requirements are stricter that what is outlined above, we will tighten our procedures to be in compliance. Because country-specific entry and exit requirements change often, we will send specific testing requirements closer to the trip’s departure, no later than Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Rest assured that we will assist you in this process, and we will try our best to make it less onerous as possible.