COVID Safe Traveler Agreement
When it comes to traveling in the age of COVID, your safety comes first. So, as you prepare for your upcoming trip, take some time to read through this agreement.
Preparing for departure
On the road
Coming home from tour
To promote the health and safety of all group members on tour during the COVID-19 pandemic, I agree to commit to the following measures and requirements in advance of my departure.
Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic involves certain inherent risks related to the chance of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19. I understand and acknowledge that it is not possible to eliminate all such risks related to COVID-19 during travel on my Tour Program. I will speak directly to my own physician with questions pertaining to my individual health and regarding travel at this time.
If I have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 90-day period prior to departure, I have met all CDC guidelines for leaving isolation including waiting the recommended 10-day waiting period before traveling and/or have received proof of recovery documentation from my physician.
I represent that if I am enrolled on an international travel program I will be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 by the time of my departure. The CDC defines fully vaccinated as two weeks after receiving the last recommended vaccine dose. I am aware that certain destinations may have wait periods longer than two weeks before those with a single-dose vaccine are considered fully vaccinated.
Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing
I agree to take and receive a negative result from one of the following COVID-19 testing options prior to departure:
i. a PCR test administered within 72 hours of tour departure;
ii. a supervised/telehealth antigen test administered within 72 hours of tour departure, or
iii. a rapid at-home antigen test taken within 24 hours of tour departure.
I acknowledge that the requirements set by the specific destination(s) on my tour itinerary may have stricter or different COVID-19 testing and timeline requirements (i.e., only recognizing a PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure). I agree to take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative result in accordance with the strictest requirements applicable to my tour.
I will not be awaiting the results of any other COVID-19 tests at the time of departure. I will carry my test results with me at all times throughout the duration of the Tour Program, as proof of my negative test results when or if required.
Participation and Entry Requirements
I understand that requirements, including country-specific entry requirements, may change prior to the departure of my tour. I will monitor applicable Tour Program requirements and ensure that I meet all requirements at the time of my Tour Program departure. Any testing required to enter my Tour Program’s destination(s) will be at my own expense.
I also acknowledge that destinations may have different or additional requirements related to vaccination against or testing for COVID-19 and that these may change at any time. This includes destinations that are increasingly requiring proof of an additional booster shot(s) taken within a specific period prior to departure (e.g., 3-6 months) as a condition of entry into the country/region. I agree to monitor the testing and vaccination requirements and guidance of the CDC and those for all locations on my tour itinerary and will ensure that I am able to meet and provide proof of any such requirements.
I understand that even in destinations where proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is not currently an express requirement for entry, the rapidly evolving restrictions and requirements for non-vaccinated travelers (which include a negative test results within 24 hours of departing for the U.S. and a seven-day, mandatory quarantine upon reentry regardless of test result) currently make it impracticable for my tour to operate without a fully vaccinated tour group.
I agree to take all reasonable efforts to minimize my exposure to COVID-19 for the 10 days prior to my tour departure. If I am made aware that I have been in close contact (as defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) with a person diagnosed within COVID-19 within 10 days of my tour departure date, I will contact EF immediately to determine if I am eligible to depart on my tour as scheduled.
I agree to immediately contact EF if I experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to travel, including:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
I will consult and follow the requirements and guidelines from the airline carriers, connecting airport authorities and arrival airport authorities.
Staying healthy throughout the tour is a group effort, and therefore I agree to the following requirements to help keep myself and my fellow travelers as safe as possible on tour.
EF and Local Regulations
I agree to follow all local regulations, restrictions and advisories related to COVID-19 for my Tour Program. I also agree to follow all rules, requests and requirements from my Tour Director or EF staff for the health and well-being of myself, my fellow travelers, and suppliers. I understand that if I am unable or unwilling to comply with these requirements, I may be removed from the tour at my own expense.
Even if vaccinated against COVID-19, I will wear an acceptable mask at all times on tour when required by local law, other relevant authorities, or at the direction of my Tour Director or EF staff.
Health on Tour
I agree to monitor my health while on-tour for symptoms associated with COVID-19 every day throughout tour. If I develop symptoms of COVID-19 while on tour, I agree that I will not rejoin my group prior to informing my Tour Director or EF staff member.
Quarantine and/or Isolation On-Tour
I understand that if a tour member is diagnosed with COVID-19 while on the Tour Program, the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to isolate and the remainder of the tour group will be required to quarantine on-tour AND take tests for COVID-19, in accordance with local guidelines. I agree to comply with EF and relevant authority quarantine and isolation requirements, including those that may exceed local guidelines. I understand that the isolation and quarantine requirements of local destinations are outside of EF’s control and will be determined and communicated directly to travelers by local health authorities and not by EF.
There are a few important things I need to do at the end of tour; understanding and agreeing to these things will help my travel to and arrival back home go smoothly.
Pre-Return COVID-19 Testing
Travelers are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to the U.S. per the June 12, 2022, CDC requirements update.
Advisories and Guidelines
I am familiar with and intend to follow the travel advisories and guidelines from my local, state and federal public health authorities upon my return home from my Tour Program, which may include (but are not limited to) COVID-19 testing and a quarantine period.
I agree to notify EF immediately if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 within 5 days of the end of my Tour Program.
I will immediately contact EF in the event any information included in this certification changes between now and my return home from my Tour Program.
By checking this box and submitting this form, I (or parent or legal guardian if enrollee is under 18 or a minor under any other applicable law) certify that the information I have provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and acknowledge my responsibility immediately to inform EF of any changes to these certifications. I understand and acknowledge that if I am unable comply with these certifications due to health considerations, I must contact EF prior to my departure to discuss my rebooking options.
What happens if a traveler does not complete the COVID Safe Traveler Agreement?
If a traveler has not completed a COVID Safe Traveler Agreement by 72 hours prior to the departure of their flight, they will not be permitted to travel. Their flight reservation will be automatically cancelled, and no refund will be provided according to EF’s Standard Cancellation Policy.
What happens if a traveler completes the COVID Safe Traveler Agreement at 14 days prior to departure, then something changes that they can no longer confirm ALL the points on the form closer to departure?
If a traveler can no longer attest that every point on the form is true, they must immediately notify us by calling 800-766-2645 and will not be permitted to travel. Traveler would have the option to rebook to a future tour or receive a voucher for all monies paid. For travelers who purchase insurance they may be eligible to file a claim
Who is responsible for securing and paying for the pre-tour COVID-19 test?
Travelers are responsible for securing and paying for their own testing pre-tour.
What type of test can I take to satisfy the pre tour testing requirement?
Travelers must meet the country requirements or if none, must test within 24 hours of departure. Types of testing to meet EF’s requirement are as follows:
- PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure
- Professionally administered antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure
- At home antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure
Travelers should monitor their online account for tour specific entry requirements.
What vaccines are accepted?
Accepted vaccines are those approved for use by the traveler’s departing country. For US travelers, eligible vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen; for Canadian travelers, the AstaZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine is also accepted.
Please note, destination countries may have additional vaccine requirements.
Does a traveler need to send EF Ultimate Break proof of their negative test, pre-tour?
No, travelers should not send EF proof of their negative test. However, travelers must be prepared to show the results of the test to any other parties that require them on tour including, but not limited to, airlines and other suppliers. The traveler should carry their test results with them for the entire duration of the tour program and it is recommended they make a copy. When the traveler signs the COVID Safe Traveler Agreement, they confirm that they will attain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight departing for tour.
What does “fully vaccinated” mean?
According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine (28 days after single dose for trips visiting France or Monaco)
Please note, destination countries may have additional vaccine requirements.
What happens if a traveler gets a positive test result, from their COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their departure for their tour?
A traveler who receives a positive COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure, may not travel on their tour. They must immediately call and notify us at 800-766-2645 and we would be happy to rebook traveler to a future tour or issue a voucher for all monies paid. For travelers who purchase insurance they may be eligible to file a claim.
What happens if a traveler has symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to departure and/or on the day of departure and/or at the airport prior to departure?
A customer with symptoms associated with COVID-19 in any of these periods may not travel on their tour. They must immediately call and notify us at 800-766-2645and we would be happy to rebook traveler to a future tour, issue a voucher for all monies paid or issue a refund for all monies paid less $450 plus any additional non-refundables. For travelers who purchase insurance they may be eligible to file a claim
What happens if a traveler refuses to follow EF and/or local guidelines while on tour?
In addition to being subject to local penalties for the failure to follow local regulations (which may include measures like fines, tickets, imprisonment, etc.), if there are multiple instances of a traveler refusing to follow EF’s guidelines or local regulations, they will be removed from the tour and sent home at their own expense.
What kind of mask is acceptable for on tour?
What is acceptable:
✓ Medical procedure masks
✓ Masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the side of the face)
✓ Masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton)
✓ Masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source)
✓ Masks with two or three layers
✓ Masks with inner filter pockets
What is NOT acceptable:
X Masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
X Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as plastic or leather)
X Marks made from fabric that is loosely woven or knitted, such as fabrics that light pass through
X Masks with one layer
X Masks with exhalation valves or vents
X Wearing a scarf/ski mask
Does a traveler need to wear a mask on tour, when required, if they have been fully vaccinated AND/OR have recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months?
What happens if a traveler develops any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 while on tour?
If a traveler has any symptoms associated with COVID-19 they should immediately contact their Tour Director and should NOT participate (at minimum) that day’s tour activities. Depending on the situation, the traveler may be required to visit with a doctor, take a COVID-19 test and/or quarantine in their hotel room. Additionally, we will follow all local public health guidelines in this scenario which may involve required visit with a doctor, a COVID-19 test and/or a quarantine period.
What happens to the individual traveler who tests positive for COVID-19?
The individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will be isolated according to, at minimum, local public health guidelines. Generally speaking, travelers should expect to stay in their hotel rooms (likely in a single room) and food will be delivered to the hotel rooms. Travelers who need medical attention due to contracting COVID-19 will be connected with local medical professionals. This may involve bringing a medical professional to the hotel, or the traveler to a local medical facility depending on the location and nature of the situation.
How long will the group have to quarantine after the individual traveler gets a positive test?
The duration of a quarantine based on exposure varies slightly from location to location and on the specifics of the scenario. As a point of reference, currently the CDC recommendation for a quarantine ranges from 5 – 10 days. The duration of the quarantine ultimately depends on a combination of factors like exposure timeframe, symptoms, and testing. Generally speaking, most countries’ public health entities recommend/require a quarantine period within this range.
Should a new COVID-19 testing requirement arise while on tour, who is responsible for finding, facilitating and paying for the test?
EF Ultimate Break will assist travelers in scheduling with local testing facilities, travelers will be responsible for covering the cost of the COVID-19 test.