COVID Safe Traveller Agreement
Action required: You must read and agree to the following terms by signing the bottom of this document by 72 hours prior to your flight departure. We are here to explore your options if you cannot meet these terms for any reason.
Preparing for departure:
To promote the health and safety of all group members on tour during the COVID-19 pandemic, I agree to review the following information and 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 Public Health Canada guidelines including waiting the recommended 10-day waiting period before traveling and/or have received proof of recovery documentation from my physician.
I understand that vaccination against COVID-19 may be required to participate in an international tour program when required by any destination on the tour itinerary or by any tour-related supplier or activity supplier. Public Health Canada defines fully vaccinated as two weeks after receiving the last recommended vaccine dose. I am aware that certain destinations may have different parameters around COVID-19 vaccination and that I am ultimately responsible for verifying, monitoring, and complying with any such requirement based on my tour itinerary (including countries visited solely in transit.)
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) may 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 within 10 days prior to my tour departure. If I am made aware that I have been in close contact (as defined as within 2 metres for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) with a person diagnosed with 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:
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Temperature equal or over 38 degrees Celsius
- Feeling feverish
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of smell or taste
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
- Feeling very unwell
I will consult and follow the requirements and guidelines from the airline carriers, connecting airport authorities, and arrival airport authorities.
On the road
Staying healthy throughout the tour is a group effort, and therefore I agree to the following requirements to help keep myself and my fellow travellers 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 travellers, 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 an 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 may be required to quarantine on tour and/or 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.
Coming home from tour
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.
Advisories and Guidelines
I am familiar with and intend to follow the travel advisories and guidelines from my local, provincial, 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.