COVID-19 TESTING, VACCINATION, AND GLOBAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Updated May 5, 2021
As we prepare for the resumption of worldwide travel, Odysseys Unlimited remains committed to safely operating tours in 2021, as soon as conditions permit. To that end, we would like to provide an update to our policy regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccination, as well as additional information concerning global entry requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Odysseys Unlimited Policy Regarding COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination
In order to safeguard the health of Odysseys Unlimited travelers and staff, all tours departing in 2021 will feature enhanced Health and Safety Protocols which can be found here.
Furthermore, COVID-19 testing and vaccination will be essential tools in ensuring that all guests are healthy when they arrive on tour. For tours departing in 2021, Odysseys Unlimited’s current policy (subject to change based on conditions at the time of travel), is that guests satisfy one of two requirements prior to travel:
• Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 4 days prior to arrival on tour
• Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including both doses when required
Please note that the same policy will apply to all Odysseys Unlimited Tour Directors. Additional requirements for guests may be in effect based on the destination in question. Further details can be found below.
International Entry Requirements Imposed by Foreign Governments
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries around the world have introduced new entry requirements for foreign visitors related to health and safety. Depending on the destination, these requirements may include some or all of the following:
• Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken shortly before arrival or in-country upon arrival
• Enhanced health screening upon arrival in-country, including contactless temperature checks
• Proof of travel insurance
• Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
Please note that, while these requirements have evolved over time and will likely continue to change in response to global and local conditions, we do expect enhanced entry requirements to remain in place throughout 2021 in most destinations. In order to ensure that all travelers are in compliance with local regulations, Odysseys Unlimited will notify guests of any entry requirements for their specific tour at approximately 25 days prior to departure.
Current regulations by destination can be found on the U.S. State Department website for COVID-19 Country Specific Information, located here.
Return to the United States from International Travel
On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that all travelers entering the United States will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days prior to their return flight. More information on this order can be found here.
The testing requirement applies to all travelers, including both foreign nationals and United States citizens, regardless of vaccination status. While the order is effective as of January 26, 2021, it is unclear if it will remain in place as we return to worldwide travel.
Please note that, if this CDC requirement is in effect at the time of a scheduled Odysseys Unlimited tour, we will ensure that all guests have access to professional and expeditious on-site COVID-19 testing accompanied by proper documentation prior to their return home.