Traveling with Us During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: July 16, 2022

As of June 12, 2022, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer requires air travelers entering the United States from abroad to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery before they board their flight. This requirement may be reinstated by the CDC if they deem it necessary to protect the public's health. Please refer to the CDC website for more details.

While our enthusiasm for travel remains the same, we acknowledge that everyone around the globe has worked to adapt to the changes brought about by the pandemic. We will always consider the health and safety of our guests and the people we visit as our highest priority.

In response to the pandemic, we have adopted guidelines to promote responsible travel, and to provide as much peace of mind as possible to our travelers. We continue to watch as new variants unfold, including Omicron and its multiple variants. Please note that these policies will continue to be updated as the global situation, and that of individual destinations, evolve.

It is also important to note that we are not medical experts, and cannot account for each traveler’s particular health situation, nor can the precautions taken eliminate the risks of contacting COVID-19. Please follow official public health guidelines and consult with your doctor before making decisions that could affect your health, especialy choices related to travel during the pandemic.

Our COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Requirements

We care about the health and safety of our guests, guides, partners, and the communities that we visit. We have developed the policy below in order to do everything in our power to travel responsibly and help mitigate risks while traveling amid ever-changing conditions.

We are closely monitoring destination-specific requirements and will continue to update policies as needed.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

For all trips departing October 1, 2022 or later, all guests will be required to be fully vaccinated by the departure date of your trip in order to participate. Accepted vaccines include all that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicines Agency. These vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson/Jannsen.

Destination Requirements

Please click here to see anupdated list of COVID-19 destination requirements for Spain. Travel Past 50's vaccine requirement does not replace specific testing or other documentation required by a destination for entry. Travelers must be able to provide any other documentation required by a destination for entry which may include, but is not limited to:

  • Proof of vaccine presented upon entry
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (required testing types vary)
  • Proof of required insurance when indicated
  • Visa, or other general travel documentation as required for entry

When your trip is confirmed as a go, Travel Past 50 will provide a list of the necessary requirements according to the guidelines at that time.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Certain destinations (including Spain) require visitors to be fully vaccinated AND/OR have proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival. This is true for some destinations even simply for transiting through a country or airport. (Please click here to see the destination requirements for Spain.)

If you are traveling to your trip destination by air, it is important to contact your airline directly for any additional specific testing or entry information that may be required for your flight itinerary, including destinations through which you may connect.

Please reach out to us at tom@travelpast50.com if there are any concerns regarding test results and/or vaccination status. Guests are responsible for providing all of the correct documentation upon entry.

Testing Requirements for Returning to (or entering) the United States

Updated: June 14, 2022.
As of June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air travelers entering the United States from abroad to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery before they board their flight. This requirement may be reinstated by the CDC if they deem it necessary to protect the public's health. Please refer to the CDC website for more details.

Trip and Medical Insurance

Check with your medical or travel insurance provider to find out what they will and will not cover should you become ill before or during your trip. If you don’t have travel insurance, we highly recommend connecting with Allianz Travel Insurance for more information on which type of policy would be best for you. In addition to coverage for medical services, it is important to have a policy that will cover any costs related to trip interruption or delays. It is also important to ask your insurance provider if you’re specifically covered for medical expenses or issues related to COVID-19 while traveling.

After Your Trip

Should you show COVID-like symptoms or receive a positive test result within two weeks of our trip’s end date, we ask that you let us know. While maintaining privacy protocol and without disclosing your identity, we can alert other members of the group (if applicable) and/or recommend appropriate action.

Questions?

Should you have any questions or need further clarification on any of these policies, please contact us at tom@travelpast50.com.

FAQ

Why is Travel Past 50 requiring vaccination on all of its trips?

The health and safety of our travelers and the communities we visit are of paramount importance to us. While this was not an easy decision, we recognized that we must err on the side of caution.

Further, many destinations that are accepting international visitors are themselves requiring all visitors to be vaccinated in order to enter the country. Local businesses such as restaurants, museums, various venues, and independent activity providers can require proof of vaccination for entry or participation. Many venues may require masks. With the rapid changes in guidelines at the local level in the destinations we visit, this will help us to provide the best possible travel experience and reduce disruptions to your trip.

Are there any exceptions to the vaccination policy?

In order to promote the health and safety of our guests, partners, travelers, and community, Travel Past 50 requires that all guests be fully vaccinated.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

Per the CDC, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks (14 days) after their second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccines (2 doses required), or two weeks (14 days) after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Guests must be fully vaccinated prior to the departure date in order to participate.

What if I am unable to be fully vaccinated in time for my trip?

If you will not be fully vaccinated prior to the departure date of your trip, we encourage you to join us on a future departure. Please reach out to us at info@travelpast50.com so that we can help you review your options.

What vaccines fulfill the requirement?

Accepted vaccines include all that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicines Agency. These vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (all 2-dose vaccines) and Johnson & Johnson/Jannsen (1-dose). Someone is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completing the last dose of a particular vaccine regime.

Is a previous positive COVID-19 test or proof of antibodies sufficient to satisfy the requirement?

No. All guests must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in a Travel Past 50 tour.

What documentation should I bring with me?

Travelers must be able to provide any documentation required by a destination for entry, or any other service provider, which may include, but is not limited to:

  • Proof of vaccine presented upon entry
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test within a specific time frame (required testing types vary)
  • Proof of required insurance when indicated
  • Visa, or other general travel documentation as required for entry (not currently required for Spain)

It is essential that you bring any and all documents required. We recommend that you carry your proof of vaccine and negative COVID-19 test (if applicable) with you, as these could be required by any number of service providers.

You are responsible for providing all of the correct documentation upon entry. Travel Past 50 is not responsible for any trip disruptions or additional expenses incurred if you are unable to provide the required documentation as required.