Health and Safety Protocols

Learn what you can expect during your next Signature Land, Private, Custom, or River Cruise Expedition. Please check this page often as information continues to be updated.

 

 

Updated May 9th, 2022

Learn what you can expect during your next expedition—and be sure to check back here as information is updated often.

Health and Safety

For our trips, our focus remains on the well-being of our Guests and staff, and on operating our trips in a responsible way that continues to create unforgettable experiences.

We have developed health and safety protocols considering guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local and international health authorities, and other health experts. With this guidance, we have reimagined your travel experience. Given the evolving global health environment, our Health and Safety Protocols may change as we consider new guidance and recommendations from health agencies. This deliberate approach allows us to evaluate and adjust along the way.

We’re providing you with these Health and Safety Protocols ahead of your trip so you understand our policies and can do your part. This includes information about personal health and hygiene and measures we have put in place for COVID-19 vaccination, cleaning, and more.

Vaccination Requirements

We require all Guests to provide proof of being fully vaccinated before joining any trip. Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result will not be accepted as an alternative.

In consideration of guidance from the CDC and the World Health Organiztion (WHO), we accept the following vaccine types: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (VeroCell), Sinovac-CoronaVac, and Covavaxin (Bharat Biotech).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines fully vaccinated as 14 days after receiving:

  • a single-dose of an accepted 1-dose vaccine
  • the second dose of an accepted 2-dose vaccine
  • The full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the US-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • The second dose of any “mix and match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (administered at least 17 days apart)

Note: We strongly recommend that Guests who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot do so in preparation for their travel. Destinations and their local laws may have different requirements and definitions of what constitutes full vaccination. This may include a booster dose, as well as additional wait time after the full series of vaccine doses. Guests who have not received a booster dose may be prevented from traveling to certain destinations. For international trips, local laws will apply, so it is important that you confirm you will be fully vaccinated according to the countries on your trip.

All Guests must submit proof of vaccination to The Anvil Group prior to the start of the trip. Anvil is our third-party partner for verifying proof of COVID-19 vaccination. More information about this process will be provided prior to departure.

Pre- and mid-departure COVID-19 testing may be required depending on the destination and type of trip. Information will be provided in your pre-departure materials. For more information, please contact a travel specialist at 1-888-366-8687.

Health Assessment

Duration of Trip: Guests will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Should a Guest display COVID-19 symptoms, a telehealth medical consultation will be conducted to determine whether they can continue on the trip. We will include health and safety reminders specific to each day’s itinerary in daily briefings.

Reentry Into the U.S. (International Expeditions Only)

The CDC requires anyone 2 years of age and over entering or reentering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. Guests will need to produce a negative test result within one day of travel to the U.S. Prior to the trip, we will provide Guests with information on how to obtain the required testing. Details will be unique to the specific point of departure for reentry.

If someone in your travel party receives a positive COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of your trip return, you must notify us immediately.

Face Coverings and Physical Distancing

Face coverings are optional, unless required by the venue or local regulations. We strongly recommend Guests wear face coverings while on shared transportation. Physical distancing will not be required during indoor or outdoor activities unless required by the venue or local regulations.

When traveling to CDC Level 4 countries, Guests are required to wear a face covering during indoor activities. Guests are not required to physical distance indoors while wearing masks

Face coverings are optional during outdoor activities in CDC Level 4 countries and physical distancing outdoors is only required when stated by the venue or local regulations.

Face coverings are required when indoors on river cruises.

It is recommended face coverings meet the following criteria:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric (minimum 3-ply for cloth)
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • If reusable, they can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Guests are strongly encouraged to bring extra face coverings that meet the criteria listed above.

Please note: At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

In locations where local laws dictate stricter measures than our protocols, more stringent guidelines will apply.

Trip Activities

Group Activities
If physical distancing is required and cannot be maintained for the particular activity, the activity may be substituted with a suitable alternative.

Equipment
All equipment used for activities will be thoroughly cleaned prior to use.

Transportation

Although optional, we strongly recommend face coverings be worn on motor coaches and all other modes of shared transportation, including any flights that are part of the itinerary.

Every vehicle will be cleaned before transportation is provided.

Dining

Physically distancing at indoor or outdoor venues will not be required unless stated by the venue or local regulations.

Expedition Leader Workplace Safety & Training

All Expedition Leaders and experts that accompany guests in vehicles must be fully vaccinated before joining any trip.

In consideration of guidance from the CDC, and the World Health Organiztion (WHO), we accept the following vaccine types: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (VeroCell), Sinovac-CoronaVac, and Covavaxin (Bharat Biotech).

Those that are vaccinated with an alternate COVID-19 Vaccine (because an acceptable vaccine type is not available in their local region), will also be required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 days prior to the start of the trip.

Expedition Leaders and experts will self-screen their health every day prior to joining the group. Those displaying any COVID-19 symptoms will be unable to accompany the group.

In addition, all staff members receive training on health and safety measures, as well as on the continued importance of personal health and hygiene.

Local Service Providers

We are not able to guarantee that local service providers – such as restaurants, hotels, activities, transportation and local staff will implement measures such as face coverings, physical distancing, and limited capacity in accordance with our health and safety protocols. All local service providers must abide by the most current guidelines issued by their local, regional/state and national health authorities. Please contact us with any concerns or questions you may have..

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage Guests to purchase their own travel insurance, including medical coverage, evacuation insurance, and trip cancellation or trip interruption coverage. Insurance is available for purchase during the booking process. Some destinations may require travel insurance for entry.

COVID-19 Warning

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By traveling with us you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

By traveling with us, you accept that if you are deemed unfit to travel (whether according to the CDC, a medical provider, National Geographic Expeditions, or a third party engaged by us to determine a Guest’s fitness to travel), you will not be able to start or continue, as applicable, on the trip.

Health Acknowledgement

Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel. In addition, please be sure you are familiar with our booking and cancellation policies. Travelers who are or may be at increased risk of severe illness due to contracting COVID-19 should consult with their health care provider before traveling. By traveling with us, you are confirming that you:

  • Are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov, including:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Will report to trip staff if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms before joining or while on the trip
  • Have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 10-day quarantine
  • Are not under any self-quarantine orders

Guests who cannot confirm all of the above criteria, or who are deemed unfit to travel, will not be eligible to travel with us. If you need to reschedule your trip, please call 1-888-966-8687.

Adherence to Traveler Health and Safety Protocols

By traveling with us, you are consenting to adhere to these Health and Safety Protocols. We are not liable in any way for the failure of other participants to abide by the Health and Safety Protocols, and the Health and Safety Protocols are subject to change at any time at our sole discretion. Please confirm any changes to the Health and Safety Protocols before departure, as all Guests are responsible for abiding by the most updated Health and Safety Protocols in effect at the time of the expedition.

COVID-19 Release

Prior to departure, our Guests will be required to sign a Guest COVID-19 Release acknowledging and assuming liability risks related to traveling during the pandemic.

Contact
Please contact a travel specialist at 1-888-966-8687 if you have any questions or concerns.