COVID-19 Travel Planning Instructions

by Maria Elena Price - Thursday, May 6, 2021 view from an airplane

This page will be updated with entry and exit requirements for destinations where we have confirmed tours as well as for general travel advisory updates. Please scroll down to see country specific entry and exit requirements.

For the remainder of 2021, ExperiencePlus! will require travelers on our trips be vaccinated or to show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 6 months. Our primary aim is to minimize the risk to our travelers, our tour leaders, and locals and we think this will help with those goals.

  • As most countries are catching up with vaccination rates, we can’t guarantee that all tour leaders and locals in our destination countries have had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Our travelers being vaccinated helps protect them.
  • Due to a variety of local and regional regulations, some individual establishments – such as hotels or restaurants – may require repetitive testing for unvaccinated guests.  Managing such frequent testing will not be logistically possible for us throughout the tour and may be detrimental to our travelers’ experience.
  • A traveler contracting COVID-19 on a group tour would pose a health risk to fellow travelers and tour leaders and could seriously disrupt the trip for the others.
  • We hope the spread of variants can be contained and that our destination countries are able to stay open to tourism. Requiring our travelers be vaccinated will help to minimize our impact on the variant spread.

Updated June 13, 2021.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently has a Level 3 advisory in place for most of our destination countries due to COVID-19. The Level 3 advisory recommends travelers to “Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to these destinations.”
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently has a Level 4 advisory in place for a few of our destination countries including Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Sweden due to COVID-19.  This advisory recommends travelers to “Avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.”
  • These are advisories and not travel bans.  It is ultimately up to you, the individual traveler, to understand these advisories and to decide how comfortable you are with the risks posed by traveling.

Travel Insurance

We spoke to TravelEx (our recommended provider) and their coverage is not impacted by the presence or level of travel advisories (except for a few specific hot spots like North Korea, Syria, Iran that are not covered).  Full coverage will be available as usual. If you have travel insurance from another provider you might want to check with them directly.  Please remember, travel insurance generally doesn’t cover cancellations due to pandemics (such as COVID-19) or “fear of travel” – so, for example, you won’t be able to recover your costs from travel insurance if you cancel because of fear of COVID-19 or a change in the advisory level.

Updated June 14, 2021.

If your itinerary takes you through a country that requires testing for transit and/or your destination requires testing, please consider:

  • Consider the timing of your travel and the turnaround time for the test you’re getting to ensure it will be valid when you travel and schedule your test accordinglyFor example, most Walgreens say they can provide results on an ID NOW test within 24 hours and for transit in some countries you may need a test result from a sample within 48 hours of arrivalIn this caseideally you would test about 24 hours before your departure – if you can get results faster, you could test even just 12 hours before departure.  
  • We recommend that you bring the most complete document of your test results that is made available to youFor example, one testing provider we reviewed supplied 3 results: 1) on a webpage, 2) an “easy to read” PDF, and 3) the actual lab result as a PDFOnly the actual lab result included all the information required for the test to be used for re-entry into the US (more on that below) or for entry into other countries. In general, we recommend you bring copies (paper and digital, if possible) of the most detailed test result you receive. 

Updated June 14, 2021

  • Determine if your connecting airports or destination has testing or other COVID-19 related requirements.  We have found these websites to do a good job in summarizing the testing requirements at key transit airports in Europe. 

Please review the entry and exit requirements and current conditions for your destination country on the tabs below.

Updated June 23, 2021.

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: Canadians do not appear to be allowed to enter Austria for tourism at this time.

Entry Requirements

From the Austrian Embassy Washington:

Travelers will be required to have:

  • Vaccination Certificate (e.g. “CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card”):
    — Inoculation with
    BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, or Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines.
    Start of validity: 22 days after the first inoculation
    End of validity: 3 months after the first inoculation if partially vaccinated (received 1 of 2 prescribed doses) or 9 months after the first/only inoculation if fully vaccinated (received all prescribed doses)
  • Certificate of Recovery:
    Confirmation of the patients recovery from COVID-19 in the past 6 months issued by a medical professional or public authority, OR a positive test for COVID-19 antibodies (not older than 3 months).
  • Negative COVID19 Test Result:
    PCR/NAAT or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2;
    — sample taken no earlier than
    72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test) prior to entering Austria

 

  • With respect to testing, we recommend a PCR or NAAT type test over the antigen type test.  European member states tend to have specific requirements for qualifying antigen tests, and it can be difficult to discern which will be sufficient.
  • Documentation
    • In general, and regardless of a country’s specific requirements for documentation, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each applicable document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate, test results).
    • For test results, please ensure that you bring the most detailed result output that is available.

Exit Requirements

  • Austria has no exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.
  • See Canada Re-Entry tab for more details on re-entry into Canada.

Current Covid Regulations in Austria

  • Masks: Masks required in indoor public spaces.
  • Restaurants and bars are open with indoor and outdoor seating. Capacities may be reduced.  Vaccination or a current negative test is required.
  • Many attractions are open with capacity restrictions.

Updated June 13, 2021

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: The entry requirements indicated below should apply.

Entry Requirements for Croatia

  • Entry for tourism is allowed only with documentary evidence of accommodation paid in advance and in full, prior to arrival at the border (the accommodation reservation alone is not sufficient for entry). ExperiencePlus! will provide a document certifying you have everything prepared for the dates of your trip.
  • Complete the Enter Croatia form prior to departing the US. This form will include uploading a photo or PDF of your vaccination certificate and will also require documentation of accommodations planned for your time in Croatia. ExperiencePlus! will help provide the information on the accommodations to help you complete this form.  If you are planning onward travels after your trip you will have to make sure you have the appropriate details for those days for the form.
  • With respect to COVID-19, your options for entering Croatia will include, with limited exceptions :
    • Travelers must present a PCR or a rapid antigen test (list of acceptable antigen tests) not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the test to arriving at the border crossing point)
    • OR a certificate of vaccination (any vaccine) whose final dose was more than 14 days prior to entry
    • OR a medical certificate confirming that the traveler has recovered from COVID-19 at least 11 days but no more than 180 days from the first positive test result to date of entry.
  • For detailed information about these requirements, please visit the Croatian Government’s Ministry of Interior Webpage.
  • In general, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate).

Exit Requirements

  • Croatia does not have exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.
  • See Canada Re-Entry tab for more details on re-entry into Canada.
  • Testing in Croatia to meet U.S. re-entry requirements.
    • Because of the logistics of the Croatia Bike and Boat tour, we are planning for one of the local labs in Split to come to the boat (refer to your itinerary departure information for timing), and they can provide a molecular test with the following options.  You can choose the option that best suits your travel plans:
      • Results in 24 hours (EUR 95)
      • Results in 12 hours (EUR 110)
      • Results in 4 hours (EUR 130)
    • Should you choose to stay in Split longer and require testing at a later date, we can provide contact information for the local lab to help you arrange your own testing prior to departure. Most testing labs do require reservations and the tour leader can help you make contact with the lab to schedule an appointment.

Current Covid Regulations in Croatia

  • Masks:  Required in indoor public spaces. Think inside stores, restaurants, museums, and other public spaces.
  • On the boat we can arrange for distancing if that’s what you prefer.
  • The trip is designed so there are no van shuttles. If you opt to take a lift in the support vehicle you will need to mask.
  • Restaurants and bars with outside seating and terraces do not require masks. If you should need to enter a restaurant to go to the bathroom you need to wear a mask.
  • The crew is required to test negative before your arrival.
  • Because you will be staying on the boat it is inherently “isolating” which is perfect in today’s world! Most of your meals will be on the boat (with a few exceptions where we will eat outside on restaurant patios).

Updated June 20, 2021

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: The entry requirements indicated below should apply.

Entry Requirements for France

  • Travelers to France from the U.S. will need to meet the following requirements: (from US Embassy in France)
    • Vaccinated travelers:  Provide proof of vaccination (currently only the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted). Travelers must also be fully vaccinated, which occurs two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca, and four weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson
    • Unvaccinated travelers:  Present a negative COVID test result.The test can be a PCR test conducted within the 72 hours prior to departure OR an antigen test performed within the 48 hours prior to departure.
  • With respect to testing, we recommend a PCR or NAAT type test over the antigen type test.  European member states tend to have specific requirements for qualifying antigen tests, and it can be difficult to discern which will be sufficient.
  • Documentation
    • The requirements for documenting vaccination and testing are not yet clear.  We will update this section when that information is made available.
    • In general, and regardless of a country’s specific requirements for documentation, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each applicable document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate, test results).
    • For test results, please ensure that you bring the most detailed result output that is available. See Entry and Exit Tips above for more details on how to prepare testing information.

Exit Requirements

  • France has no exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.
  • See Canada Re-Entry tab for more details on re-entry into Canada.

Current Covid Regulations in France

  • Masks:  Required in indoor and outdoor public spaces. There is speculation that the outdoor mask requirement will soon be dropped.  No mask is required while cycling.
  • There is an 11pm curfew.
  • Restaurants and bars are open with indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Attractions are open with capacity restrictions.

Updated June 21, 2021.

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: Canadians do not appear to be allowed to enter Germany for tourism at this time.

Entry Requirements

From the German Missions in the United States:

All air travelers six years and older who are entering the Federal Republic of Germany must either show that they are fully vaccinated or fully recovered or have tested negativeprior to departure.

  • Travelers who received all the required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine cited on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute are considered fully vaccinated. It must be at least 14 days since the last vaccine dose was administered. On entry, travelers must have proof of vaccination in written (e.g. CDC card) or digital form (a cellphone photo is not sufficient). Vaccinated travelers must additionally show no relevant symptoms.
  • Travelers who can prove they were previously infected with COVID through a positive PCR test, taken at least 28 days but no more than six months prior, and who show no relevant symptoms are considered to be fully recovered.

Travelers who are neither fully vaccinated nor fully recovered must continue to present a negative COVID test prior to departure. Both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests are accepted. A list of approved rapid antigen tests that meet the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute for entry can be found here. The PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering Germany; the rapid antigen test, no more than 48 hours.

 

  • With respect to testing, we recommend a PCR or NAAT type test over the antigen type test.  European member states tend to have specific requirements for qualifying antigen tests, and it can be difficult to discern which will be sufficient.
  • Documentation
    • In general, and regardless of a country’s specific requirements for documentation, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each applicable document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate, test results).
    • For test results, please ensure that you bring the most detailed result output that is available.

Exit Requirements

  • Germany has no exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.

Current Covid Regulations in Germany

  • Masks: FFP2 type masks required in indoor public spaces.
  • Social distancing.
  • Restaurants and bars are open with indoor and outdoor seating. Capacities may be reduced.
  • Many attractions are open with capacity restrictions.

Updated June 13, 2021.

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: The entry requirements indicated below should apply.

Entry Requirements for Greece

  • Travelers to Greece will be required to have (adapted from Re-open EU):
    • Completed their vaccination (i.e., 14 days have elapsed since the last vaccination, depending on the doses required) and hold a vaccination certificate. Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca/Oxford, Novavax, Johnson + Johnson/Janssen, Sinovac Biotech, Gamaleya (Sputnik), Cansino Biologics, Sinopharm.
    • OR a negative test. Travelers are required to have a negative PCR certificate for a Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
    • OR proof of recovery from Covid-19. If the traveller was tested positive and at least 20 days have elapsed since the first positive result. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory, or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The validity of this certificate is 9 months.
    • AND to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF). Tourists must fill in the PLF no later than 23:59 of the day before arriving in Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family.
  • Documentation
    • The requirements for documenting vaccination and testing have not been specified. The documents you have been provided are probably sufficient.  We will update this section if additional information is made available.
    • In general, and regardless of a country’s specific requirements for documentation, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each applicable document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate, test results).
    • For test results, please ensure that you bring the most detailed result output that is available.

Exit Requirements

  • Greece has no exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.

Current Covid Regulations in Greece

  • Masks: Required in indoor and outdoor public spaces.  No mask is required while cycling.
  • There is an 12:30am curfew.
  • Restaurants and bars are open with indoor and outdoor seating. Table capacities are limited to 6 and masks must be worn while waiting to be seated.
  • Attractions are open with capacity restrictions.

Updated June 20, 2021.

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: The entry requirements indicated below should apply.

Entry Requirements for Italy

  • Travelers from the US can enter with any of the following:
    • Certificate of vaccination indicating last dose of vaccinate occured at least 14 days before departure,
    • A negative test result of the molecular test (RT PCR) or antigenic test, carried out by means of a swab, no later than 48 hours prior to boarding,
    • OR a certificate of recovery dated no more than 6 months before arrival in Italy.
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) – digital dPLF to be shown before boarding. See the dedicated section How to fill out the Passenger Locator Form.
  • With respect to testing, we recommend a PCR or NAAT type test over the antigen type test.  European member states tend to have specific requirements for qualifying antigen tests, and it can be difficult to discern which will be sufficient.
  • Documentation
    • In general, and regardless of a country’s specific requirements for documentation, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each applicable document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate, test results).
    • For test results, please ensure that you bring the most detailed result output that is available.

Exit Requirements

  • Italy has no exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.
  • See Canada Re-Entry tab for more details on re-entry into Canada.

Current Covid Regulations in Italy

  • Regulations depend some on the region.
  • Masks: Required in indoor and outdoor public spaces. No mask is required while cycling.
  • There is a midnight curfew in yellow zones. The midnight curfew should end June 20th in white zones.
  • Restaurants and bars are open with indoor and outdoor seating. In white zones, table capacities are limited to 6 indoors and there are no limits when sitting outside. In yellow zones no more than 4 people per table, even outside. Masks must be worn while waiting to be seated and moving around in the restaurant.
  • Attractions are open with capacity restrictions.

Updated June 15, 2021

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: Canadians do not appear to be allowed to enter Portugal for tourism at this time.

Entry Requirements for Portugal

  • Travelers to Portugal will be required to submit a negative SARSCoV-2 lab result of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), for example a PCR test, performed in the last 72 hours or a rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed within 24 hours of boarding (from US Embassy in Portugal).
  • With respect to testing, we recommend a PCR or NAAT type test over the antigen type test.  European member states tend to have specific requirements for qualifying antigen tests, and it can be difficult to discern which will be sufficient.
  • Documentation
    • The requirements for documenting vaccination and testing are not yet clear.  We will update this section when that information is made available.
    • In general, and regardless of a country’s specific requirements for documentation, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each applicable document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate, test results).
    • For test results, please ensure that you bring the most detailed result output that is available. See Entry and Exit Tips above for more details on how to prepare testing information.

Exit Requirements

  • Portugal has no exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.

Current Covid Regulations in Portugal

  • Masks: Required in indoor and outdoor public spaces. There is speculation that the outdoor mask requirement will soon be dropped.  No mask is required while cycling.
  • Restaurants and bars are open with indoor and outdoor seating. Capacities may be reduced.
  • Many attractions are open with capacity restrictions.

Updated June 22, 2021

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: The entry requirements indicated below should apply.

Entry Requirements for Slovenia

Travelers to Slovenia will be required to provide one of the following (from US Embassy in Slovenia and Republic of Slovenia):

  • Vaccination certificate indicating vaccination on the following timetable by vaccine
    • at least seven days have passed since the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine by BioNTech/Pfizer,
    • at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna,
    • at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Vaxzevria (COVID-19 vaccine) by AstraZeneca,
    • at least 14 days have passed since the dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Janssen by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag,
    • at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Covishield vaccine by the Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
    • at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology,
    • at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the CoronaVac vaccine by Sinovac Biotech, or
    • at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Sinopharm.
  • OR proof of recovery from COVID-19 AND at least one dose of some vaccines
    • a positive PCR test result taken more than 10 days ago (unless a doctor assesses otherwise) whereby such a test must not be older than six months, or if you provide a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19 and not more than six months have elapsed from the onset of symptoms
    • AND proof of having received at least one dose of any of the vaccines in point 4, which provide protection on the day of vaccination, in the period of up to eight months following a positive PCR test or the onset of symptoms.

 

  • In general, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate).

Exit Requirements

  • Slovenia does not have exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.
  • See Canada Re-Entry tab for more details on re-entry into Canada.

Current Covid Regulations in Slovenia

  • Masks:  Required in indoor public spaces and outside when 3 meter social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Restaurants and bars with indoor and outside seating. If you should need to enter a restaurant to go to the bathroom you need to wear a mask.  Capacities may be limited
  • Many attractions are open with capacity restrictions.

Updated June 13, 2021.

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is requiring our travelers to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months.  Please see the call-out box at the top of the page.

Note for Canadian travelers: The entry requirements indicated below should apply.

Entry Requirements for Spain

  • Travelers to Spain will be required to do BOTH of the following (adapted from Travel Safe, a website created by the regional tourism ministries of Spain):
    • Provide proof of vaccination
      • Certificate of vaccination (at least 14 days from the date of the last vaccination dose). Accepted vaccines: Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen / Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm.
      • The vaccination certificate must include at least the following information: Name and surname of the holder, vaccination date, indicating the date of the last dose administered, type of vaccine administered, number of doses administered / complete regimen, issuing country, identification of the issuing body of the vaccination certificate.
      • The case in which: (i) Unvaccinated minors from the same family unit may enter Spain presenting a diagnostic certificate. Accepted tests: NAAT and antigens. They must have been issued within 48 hours upon arrival in Spain; and (ii) Children under 6 years old do not need a vaccination certificate or a diagnostic certificate.
    • AND it is mandatory to fill out the Spain Health Control form (FCS). It must be completed and signed it online before your trip to Spain.
  • With respect to testing, we recommend a PCR or NAAT type test over the antigen type test.  European member states tend to have specific requirements for qualifying antigen tests, and it can be difficult to discern which will be sufficient.
  • Documentation
    • In general, and regardless of a country’s specific requirements for documentation, we recommend bringing multiple copies, both digital and paper where possible, of each applicable document related to COVID-19 (e.g. the vaccine certificate, test results).
    • For test results, please ensure that you bring the most detailed result output that is available.

Exit Requirements

  • Spain has no exit requirements.
  • The United States does require a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entry.  See the United States tab for details.
  • See Canada Re-Entry tab for more details on re-entry into Canada.

Current Covid Regulations in Spain

  • Masks: Required in indoor and outdoor public spaces. There is speculation that the outdoor mask requirement will soon be dropped.  No mask is required while cycling.
  • Restaurants and bars are open with indoor and outdoor seating. Capacities may be reduced.
  • Many attractions are open with capacity restrictions.

Updated June 23, 2021.

Entry Requirements for Canada

Fully vaccinated travelers may be exempt from certain quarantine and testing requirements on return to Canada.  For full details, see the Government of Canada’s guidance for COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.  This guidance includes determining if you are fully vaccinated, pre-entry and arrival testing requirements , and developing a quarantine plan (in case of symptoms developing or a positive test).

As detailed in this guidance, travelers are:

  • Required to use ArriveCAN to enter proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information 72 hours before arrival in Canada.
  • Required to take a test within 72 hours of scheduled departure time for the return flight to Canada.
  • Required to have a quarantine plan.
  • Advised to register in advance for testing on arrival at the airport in Canada.

Exit Requirements

  • Canada has no exit requirements.

Updated June 16, 2021.

Entry Requirements for United States

  • The US requires a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to re-entering the US.
  • We generally will recommend staying an extra day after the end of the tour to allow for testing and the return of results prior to your departure.
  • You have a couple options for testing prior to your departure from the destination.
    • We will provide guidance on where to get tests locally at the end of the tour.
    • You can bring along at self-test that you can administer at the end of the tour.  See the requirements below.
  • General requirements
    • It needs to be an antigen or NAAT test approved for use in the country you’re testing in.
    • The testing result report needs to include: type of test (indicating if is a NAAT or antigen test); entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service); specimen collection date; information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number) and test result.
  • Self-test requirements
    • The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. Some FDA-authorized self-tests that include a telehealth service may require a prescription.
    • The telehealth provider must confirm the person’s identity, observe the specimen collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets the requirements of CDC’s Order (see “What information must be included in the test result?” below).
    • Airlines and other aircraft operators must be able to review and confirm the person’s identity and the test result details. The passenger must also be able to present the documentation of test results to U.S. officials at the port of entry and local/state health departments, if requested.
  • Consider what transit testing requirements might exist (which may have stricter testing rules than what the US requires).
  • More information on the requirements from the CDC.

Exit Requirements

  • The United States has no exit requirements.

Maria Elena Price - Maria Elena Malpezzi-Price: 'M.E.' started her bicycle tour leading experiences as a 5 year old, translating ice cream flavors on our first Venice to Pisa tours. Since then, she's led tours in more than 10 countries (specializing in Spain, where she lived for more than a year). With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and International Affairs and an MBA From the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado, Boulder she manages the business and its development at the Fort Collins office in Colorado (and of course traveling to Europe in the summers). She loves going out on tour and hopes to manage to travel a bit even though now she is "in charge" of the Fort Collins office! You can e-mail her at MariaElena {at} ExperiencePlus.com.

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