COVID-19 VACCINATION AND GLOBAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Updated January 31, 2022
As we have resumed worldwide travel in many destinations, Odysseys Unlimited remains committed to safely operating tours in the months ahead, as conditions permit. To that end, we would like to provide an update to our policy regarding COVID-19 vaccination, as well as additional information concerning global entry requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Odysseys Unlimited Policy Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination
In order to safeguard the health of Odysseys Unlimited travelers and staff, all tours will feature enhanced Health and Safety Protocols which can be found here.
Since August 1, 2021, we have required that all Odysseys Unlimited guests, Tour Directors and long-distance coach drivers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to the start of their tour. We consider “fully vaccinated “ to be when all required primary doses have been received, as per CDC guidelines. In addition, a COVID-19 booster shot will now be required for any guest whose primary vaccination series was completed more than 6 months (180 days) prior to the departure date of their tour. The booster shot also must be administered at least 14 days prior to travel.
Additional requirements for guests may be in effect based on the destination in question. Further details can be found below.
Important Update on State Department COVID-19 Advisories
The United States Department of State continues to adjust their Travel Advisory Levels for foreign countries due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read here for more information about the advisory levels and how Odysseys evaluates them when deciding whether to operate a tour at this time. To view current Travel Advisory Levels for the destination(s) on your tour, please visit the Department of State website.
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
• Online pre-departure health screening
• 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 well into 2022 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 November 29, 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 during the day prior to their return flight. More information on this order can be found here.
Please note that, if this CDC requirement remains 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.