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Safe Tour Protocol (to be electronically signed at the bottom)

We are committed to your health, safety, and enjoyment before, during, and after your tour. We are: reading COVID news daily; conferring with our colleagues; keeping current on CDC guidelines; and following industry best practices and regulations.

 

These Safe Tour Protocols are extremely important to ensuring your safe and smooth enjoyment of your vacation. Please review carefully. Should you have questions or concerns not addressed below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

I. GETTING TO YOUR TOUR

 

Topline Requirements

FST requires each guest and Tour Leader to provide (*by secure link that will be sent to you separately) one of the following:

 

      I.         proof of vaccination, [scan or photo image of your original vaccination record, i.e. U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card or official medical document] —please send via *secure link no later than 14 days (two weeks) prior to tour departure        OR

 

    II.         proof of a negative PCR or antigen (rapid result) test* conducted no earlier than 72 hours prior to flight departure [PDF or email-forward from the healthcare provider or pharmacy that conducted your test]—please send via *secure link as soon as you receive your result

 

Having these documents means that when our group needs to access a restaurant, bar, train, or other facility that requires this documentation, we can present it as a group to facilitate prompt access. Please do also keep an electronic copy of your vaccination card or proof of test, and passport, always on your phone [see “Vaccine Passport” below].

 

Guests may not join the tour unless they comply with one of the above two requirements, which align with many country- and airline-specific COVID policies.

                                                                     

*If you test positive for COVID-19, you will not be allowed to come on tour. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers COVID-19 trip cancellation/interruption.

 

“Vaccine Passport”

As Europeans now do through the “Green Pass” (EU citizens only), you will need to carry with you on tour either written proof of your vaccination or a negative test result that is no older than 48 hours. In other words: If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, then you will need to be retested 2+ times on a 7+ day tour.

 

Many southern European nations are now requiring this documentation for access to indoor venues and seating in restaurants. As of September, this is likely also to become a requirement for access to trains and other forms of public transportation.

 

Think of your vaccination card like a passport: an official document that you must keep safe and secure with you when you travel. We recommend making a high-quality photocopy of the front and back of your vaccination card and laminating this photocopy. (Leave your original in a safe place at home—do not laminate the original as records of booster shots may be required later.) As mentioned above, please do also keep an electronic copy of your vaccination card or proof of test, and passport, always on your phone.

 

What are the requirements in my destination country?  *** Very Important Updated Requirement

Current country-specific requirements that pertain to our Fall 2021 season are as follows:

  • Italy welcomes international travelers who show proof of vaccination OR a negative test result (PCR or rapid antigen tests are both accepted) OR a COVID-19 Recovery Certificate. Travelers must complete an online EU Passenger Locator Form (when asked about accommodation indicate the first hotel were you are going to overnight). *** As of August 30, 2021, the travellers from the USA and Canada can enter Italy with a negative swab test (either rapid antigen or PCR tests) carried out within the previous 72 hours before arrival, in addition to proof of vaccination. Here you can see the official link
  • Spain welcomes travelers from the United States who show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or of a negative test result (PCR and rapid antigen tests both accepted). Minors are exempted from this requirement if they are traveling with people who are fully vaccinated. Travelers must complete a Spain Travel Health Form within 48 hours of departure.
  • France welcomes U.S. travelers who show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result (PCR and rapid antigen tests both accepted). Children under 11 are exempt if traveling with people who are fully vaccinated (Children 11+ must show proof of a negative test result).

What about my airline?

Airline websites list their specific requirements and safety measures. Please review your carrier’s policies carefully and contact your carrier directly with any questions or concerns. It may be wise to assume longer-than-usual wait times for airport and onboarding procedures.

 

What if something changes?
We’re constantly monitoring international news and protocols as they pertain to your vacation. We’ll communicate anything pertinent to you promptly to ensure a safe and enjoyable tour. For the latest updates on a county-by-country basis, we suggest visiting the IATA Travel Centre site.

 

II.  PREPARING FOR YOUR TOUR

 

Before Tour                                                 

  • Please send FST (*by secure link that will be sent to you separately) one of the two “Topline Requirements” [see above]
  • Pack your preferred masks and hand sanitizer. We’ll have a small supply of both, if you forget
  • Please come in good health. Take extra good care of yourself in the weeks leading up to tour. During your travel to the starting point of the tour, please wear a mask and wash your hands frequently. You will find that, in many places, wearing a mask is mandatory on public transportation and indoors
  • Keep monitoring yourself, and inform your Tour Leader for any symptoms (see list below), before the tour

On Arrival

On your first day, your Tour Leader will ask you a few COVID-related health screening questions and do a quick temperature check. For group safety, we may repeat the above process during the tour, and please contact your Tour Leader if you experience any symptoms such as:

  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fever (37.5°C/99.5°F or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Unusual tiredness or headache

What We Are Doing

Mostly small groups on itineraries that draw us out into the countryside lend themselves to lower risk situations. That said, we are taking every precaution that our industry colleagues who lead bigger groups to visit more urban settings are doing. These include:

  • sanitizing equipment used by the group including bike pumps and bike tools
  • liaising with hotels to ensure thorough cleaning practices are in place. We handpick all our hotels and maintain strong relationships at each
  • encouraging smaller group tables at dinners (whenever possible and pleasant, we will arrange dining outdoors)
  • preparing picnic lunches following enhanced food safety protocols
  • wearing a mask when transferring in the van or when required indoors

III.  GETTING FROM YOUR TOUR

 

Tour End and U.S. Reentry

Per the CDC: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before boarding a flight to the U.S.  

 

If you are either returning immediately to the U.S. following your tour or extending your stay in the country on your own, your Tour Leaders will assist you in finding a facility and making an appointment to get a PCR or antigen [faster results] test. Or, you may consider the option indicated below.

 

Self-administered Test

Per the CDC air traveler requirements updated July 6, travelers can now meet their negative COVID-19 test result requirement using select self-administered tests (be sure to review these CDC requirements carefully and purchase the test pack no later than two weeks before trip departure).

 

We strongly recommend to buy these self-administered tests in advance and see this link to order them online (as of August 14, 2021 price is ~175$ for 6 tests delivered in 2 days and including shipping costs and taxes). Make sure you download the Navica app (instructions are in your kit) before you leave the USA, in addition to checking with your flight carrier that they accept this type of test (currently United, American and Delta Airlines do).    

 

Should you have questions or concerns not addressed below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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