As worldwide travel has resumed, the well-being of our guests and staff members on tour will continue to be our highest priority.
To that end, we continue to take steps to maintain a healthy environment for travel, with protocols for all facets of our tours, as outlined below. And while we know that some aspects of travel look different now, we also want to ensure that you will still enjoy an engaging and enlightening experience with opportunities for spontaneous activities and events.
We look forward to welcoming you on tour.
We will establish and adhere to a detailed set of health and safety protocols to ensure your well-being while traveling. The following represents a brief look at what we expect to be in place at the time of your 2023 tour. Our travel and health policy for 2024 tours can be found here.
Should you have any questions, we can be reached by email: [email protected] or toll-free at (888) 370-6765, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
For tours departing in 2023, we require 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. COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be required for tours departing in 2024.
While most countries have relaxed the health-related entry requirements that were imposed early in the COVID-19 pandemic, additional entry requirements related to COVID-19 may still be imposed by foreign governments. Odysseys Unlimited will notify guests of any entry requirements for their specific tour at approximately 25 days prior to departure. Please read more about Odysseys Unlimited’s policy pertaining to global entry requirements here.
We strongly recommend that guests purchase a travel protection plan for protection in the event that they fall ill prior to departure and need to cancel, for medical coverage while on tour, and for trip interruption in case it is necessary to miss part of the tour because of illness.
Also, we require that all guests traveling on 2023 tours read and acknowledge the following three documents related to global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic: COVID-19 Guest Health and Safety Protocols, COVID-19 Liability Waiver and Release, and Travel Protection Acknowledgement. These documents will be provided to you prior to departure. Guests traveling on 2024 tours will no longer be required to acknowledge the above-listed documents.
In April of 2022, the United States’ federal mask mandate for public transportation and airline travel was rescinded. While masks are no longer required by federal law on flights within the United States, mask wearing may still be enforced by individual airlines at their discretion. Furthermore, guests traveling to international destinations where mask mandates remain in place will still be required to wear a mask for the duration of their flight. Please check with your airline for more information on the mask policy for your specific routing. Regardless of airline policies or country regulations, Odysseys Unlimited continues to recommend that guests wear masks on all flights in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.
While local conditions may vary based on the destination, timing, and nature of the tour, the protocols below will be followed on all Odysseys’ tours departing in 2023 (with additional safety protocols implemented where necessary):
To ensure proper leadership for the duration of your tour, each tour director will be required to adhere to the following protocols:
All transportation vehicles will be cleaned and all surfaces sanitized regularly throughout the tour, and drivers will have hand sanitizer available for guests.
While specific protocols may vary by destination, we will utilize only those establishments that commit to maintaining a high level of cleanliness and sanitation.
In order to provide a safe travel experience for our guests, we need your help as well. Hand hygiene, the wearing of face coverings when appropriate, and monitoring your own health symptoms will go a long way toward creating a healthy environment on tour.