Beginning Sept. 1, all adult guests travelling with the Travel Corporation’s (TTC) guided tour brands – Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Costsaver, Brendan Vacations and Luxury Gold – will be required to show documented proof of having received two doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca or one dose from Johnson & Johnson.
And TTC notes that the final dose of the vaccine must have been administered a minimum of 15 days prior to a passenger’s departure.
The policy will remain in effect until at least Dec. 31, 2021.
Commenting on the new policy, the president of The Travel Corporation Canada, Jeff Element said: “The wellbeing of our guests is our top priority and many of the countries we travel to now require proof of vaccination or near-daily negative PCR testing results for non-vaccinated visitors to enter museums, restaurants and historical sites.”
Element noted that: “Our new requirement will ensure guests greater peace of mind so they’re able to enjoy a seamless and wonderful travel experience.”
TTC explains that clients booked with the brands will need to provide proof of an approved COVID-19 vaccination to their Wellbeing Director, Travel Director, Trip Manager or Traveling Concierge before joining the tour and also upon arrival to their destination.
Additionally, they’ll need to comply with specific PCR testing requirements imposed by airlines and/or the destinations, which may differ from country to country.
The company also said that in order to give guests peace of mind to enjoy their travels, its guided tours will be operated in accordance with a rigorous set of enhanced hygiene, physical distancing and robust on-road protocols, adapting to and complying with all requirements by relevant government authorities.
TTC’s brands have also collaborated with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to align and create global protocols and procedures and all of the brands have been awarded the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp.
As an industry innovation for travel in 2021, TTC has added a dedicated Well-being Director on any Trafalgar, Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold trip with 21 or more guests (excluding Austria and New Zealand).
The Well-being Director will support the Travel Director and professionally trained Driver and remain up-to-date on authority and local government guidelines while ensuring all hygiene and physical distancing measures are implemented every step of the way.
Said Element: “With the international travel requirements constantly being updated, we are continuously monitoring evolving vaccination mandates across destinations.”
In concluding, Element pointed out that: “Canada’s recent announcement of the roll-out of a vaccine passport for international travel is also a positive step forward for our industry and will enable guests to easily provide the necessary documentation.”
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