We all have an important role to play in making this trip a reality. While our enhanced safety and health protocols have been established to maximize group safety regarding factors within our control, all travelers have a shared responsibility to follow our recommended guidelines to keep as healthy as possible during the tour. Please keep in mind that even if you have received your vaccine, you will be coming into contact with many people in the destination who may not have been vaccinated. Until there is clear evidence that asymptomatic spread by vaccinated individuals does not occur, we will continue to take strong safety precautions. By joining this program, you are pledging to make the following commitments to health and safety. By joining this program, you are pledging to make the following commitments to health and safety:
- Vaccination: All travelers 12 years old or older will be required to be fully vaccinated more than 14 days prior to the start of the trip. No later than the first group meeting, you will present the Tour Manager with proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status.
- Face Covering: You will wear a face covering whenever it is required by local authorities, businesses, or site administration. It is also strongly encouraged that you wear a face covering in crowded indoor settings such as airports and train terminals.
- Hand-washing: You will wash your hands regularly, particularly after coming in contact with frequently-touched surfaces. When hand washing is not possible, you will use hand sanitizer as an alternative.
- Daily Temperature Check: You will allow for your temperature to be taken by the Tour Manager if requested to do so.
- Self-isolation and Testing: You will isolate yourself from the group if you start feeling ill or have a fever, dry cough or other COVID-19-like symptoms. You will get a COVID-19 test promptly and will not re-join the group until you have received a negative test result.
All travelers must read and sign an Informed Consent Waiver prior to departure. This waiver ensures that all travelers understand the risk factors involved in traveling during the pandemic and the preventive measures that are expected to be followed during the program (noted above) to mitigate exposure to COVID-19. All waivers should be submitted within 3 days of receipt, but no later than 65 days prior to departure, Friday, September 3, 2021. Failure to submit the waiver will result in your being excluded from the tour.
On the first day of your tour, the Tour Manager will review the Traveler Commitment to Health and Safety pledge with the group. All travelers will be asked to sign the pledge and reconfirm that they will comply with the commitments. Failure to comply with the safety commitments during the tour, will result in your being excluded from the tour.
We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance to help protect your investment and provide you with financial recourse should you face trip cancellation, interruption or extension due to sickness or physician-imposed quarantine. When purchasing a policy, please consult with a trip insurance agent to review what COVID-19- related contingencies are covered. While ATA and Chautauqua Institution will do our best to recover any unused portion of your trip due to sickness, it is often the case that payments cannot be refunded.
Academic Travel Abroad has partnered with Travel Insurance Services to provide Travel Protection Plans to our travelers. For more information, visit our Travel Insurance page.