COVID-19 Travel Update
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Updated: April 5, 2021
Dear fellow travelers,
2021 is upon us and as we had hoped, it looks very different than 2020. We can finally celebrate good news. The updated policy on travel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that those that are fully vaccinated can travel within the U.S. without testing for the virus before travel and do not need to quarantine upon arrival to their destination.
For travel internationally, no testing will be necessary before departure, though travelers should research their destination requirements as these may vary.
According to the CDC, more than 100 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or 32% of the population, and 17% are now fully vaccinated. These numbers continue to rise with three vaccines now approved for emergency use in the U.S.
None of us will ever forget 2020. It was hard, plain and simple. But in stark contrast to the loss, the lock-downs, confusion, and bewilderment, there was hope. There always is. The uplifting stories and acts of kindness worldwide and in our own communities brightened our days. We hope yours were as well. Many of you reached out to us personally with encouraging words of support and solidarity. You will never know how much that sustained us and spurred us on.
When you are ready, we are here and eager to get back to what we love to do. Sharing the world with you. We all have questions, hesitancy, and concerns, but as travelers helping travelers, we promise to address these with transparency and honesty.
The US is fully open to domestic travel and a handful of international borders are opened as well. With the latest from the CDC regarding fully vaccinated people, we expect more borders to open.
Our Tour Specialists have put together a list of destinations that are open for travel right now. Take advantage of tours that are off the beaten path, away from crowds, in private homes, or consider chartering a ship with family and friends.
The entire travel industry, including airports, airlines, and tour operators are implementing and following strict COVID-19 protocols including rigorous cleaning and disinfecting. The Tripsite team members that have recently traveled have reported that travelers are 100 % compliant with the mask mandate in effect in airports and on airplanes and social distancing is encouraged.
Regarding your upcoming tours and travels, please understand that we cannot interpret government-issued travel restrictions or airline policies. We encourage you to visit the following sites for up-to-date and reliable information.
We understand that the decision to travel or not to travel during this difficult time is complicated and multi-faceted. We have compiled a COVID-19 FAQ. We hope you find it useful. If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact us.
It is important now more than ever to be fully informed. We advise that you gather and access all the information you can in your tour planning process including country policy, airline policy, and specific tour operator policy.
1. Be sure to understand the terms and conditions for the tour that you choose. The majority of our operators have implemented flexible booking and rebooking options. You can find a few of the tours listed here. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and we encourage you to contact us for specifics regarding a tour you may be interested in. As always, cancellation on your part will incur penalties.
2. Please contact us for the specific policy that applies to your reservation.
3. Speak with airline reps to determine their terms and conditions and rebooking policies.
4. Research travel insurance options thoroughly and understand any fine print in regards to pandemic situations and cancel for any reason clauses. Here is a link to our trusted travel insurance partners.
All the major airlines have now issued official policies regarding cancellations and changes. For those of you with scheduled flights, contact your airline directly. (Please be patient, but persistent, as the call volumes to airlines and insurance companies are overwhelming.)
Here at Tripsite, we are busy, realistic, but very optimistic. Yes, travel has become more complex, but we believe the journey is worth the effort.
We have added small boat active cruises with sensible and safe Covid protocols in place that are the perfect size for exclusive chartering for entire families or groups of friends. We have also added self-guided hikes and cycling in destinations that are emerging from the pandemic with good strategies, and by their very nature, constitute social distancing! We are researching and adding tours within the US itself as well.
If you have purchased travel insurance, it is advised that you refer to the details of your specific policy. If you have obtained a plan with our partner RoamRight, you can speak with an experienced customer service representative at 1-866-891-6614.
If you have purchased a policy through another company, again, contact them directly with your specific questions and concerns. They are the experts.
At a time when things seem so chaotic, there are things we can control. Each of us has within our own power the ability to comply 100% with reopening and social distancing guidelines. Our first concern should be for the safety and well-being of others. Let's continue to look to our left and to our right. Reach out to family, friends, and neighbors and be intentional and creative in maintaining community, even as we comply with social distancing!
In closing, we are proud to be part of this amazing community of adventurers and world travelers. Stay safe, stay connected, and stay thankful as we all look forward to future exploration!
A message of hope from Carla, Partner at Tripsite.com - Looking Forward - Travel in 2021 & Beyond.