COVID-19 Travel Update
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Dear fellow travelers, Updated: July 8, 2021
2021 is in full swing 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.
In fact, the CDC website states: "Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic."
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 many, many international borders are opened as well.
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.
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 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 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 once again, very busy, and grateful for that. 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.
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.