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Travel Entry and Exit/Tour Requirements

 

Last Updated 5.11.22

Travel Entry and Exit Requirements

Guests may not join a tour without meeting all requirements. Participants should monitor VBT and country specific requirements as they are subject to change. All guests departing after 4/1/2022 are required to log in to MyAccount to accept the following Health and Travel Attestation after reserving their tour. Over the next several weeks we will be reaching out to guests by email to make them aware of this update.

  • I certify that I will keep my COVID-19 vaccination up to date as outlined by the CDC and as required by the destinations to which I am traveling. Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. I will visit the CDC website for detailed information and check back frequently prior to my departure date to ensure I understand and comply with guidance changes.
  • I certify that I will travel with my CDC vaccination card (or government approved vaccination passport for non-US citizens) and be prepared to provide proof of vaccine as needed to gain entry to some public spaces such as restaurants, hotels, indoor spaces, outdoor events, etc. This requirement varies by destination.
  • I certify that I am prepared to meet any COVID-19 testing requirements for my destination and transportation. (If you previously had COVID-19, it is recommended that you travel with proof of infection and recovery in case you cannot provide a negative test result.) Travelers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of their tour start date must cancel their travel plans.
  • I certify that I will review and meet all travel requirements outlined by VBT and applicable government websites for my destination(s).
  • I certify that I will sign a health screening form on the first day of my tour (form will be provided by trip leaders. Not applicable to Self-Guided Tours.)

For guests departing prior to 4/1/2022, please see our COVID FAQs for tour requirements. 

Before Returning to the US from abroad: All travelers returning to the US are required to show negative COVID-19 test results in order to board their flights back to the US within 1 day of your return flight. Since the US has recently reduced the testing window from 3 days to 1 day, we strongly do not recommend using a local testing site as wait times may vary and may result in missing your flight. The CDC recently expanded the options to include some self-administered tests, for example: Abbott’s BinaxNOW EMed Enabled COVID-19 At-Home Test and Lab Report Bundle. Order a rapid-test pack prior to your departure and pack it in your carry-on. All travelers are responsible for the cost associated with this requirement as well as the collection of their test results. Please contact Emed.com directly with questions. Please note that the over-the-counter tests with similar names that can be found on Amazon or at CVS, like BinaxNOW COVID-19 Self Test Kit, or the tests sent to you by the government, will not fulfill the CDC requirement for entry back into the US.

For travel to the US for our tours, please review this website for requirement details.

Country Requirements: Each country section below will note requirements for entry for US citizens.  Requirements are very specific; please pay close attention to timing for testing requirements.  If you are not within the required guidelines, you may be denied entry into the country. Information on face mask regulations and protective measures can be found by clicking the link to the country website.

Please note: If you are traveling on a multi-country tour or are traveling on your own before or after our tour, please check all countries that you plan to visit. It is also important to check directly with the airline operating your flights in the event that there are testing requirements for layovers.  Please be aware that any traveler may be subject to random testing in airports.

This information is subject to change.

Click here to find country specific information: 

Canada | Europe | Africa | Asia | South America

CANADA – click here for current requirements

EUROPE

Austriaclick here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Austria (no older than 270 days, otherwise a booster is required.  There are specific details depending on which brand on vaccine you have received.  Please click above for details).
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Belgiumclick here for current requirements

Croatiaclick here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Croatia (no older than 270 days)
  • Show proof of hotel booking (final documents booklet should suffice)
  • Complete travel announcement form
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Czech Republic – click here for current requirements 

  • Vaccination required by VBT.
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Denmark – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT.
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

England – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Finland  – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Finland
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

France – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and France (must present proof) (no older than 270 days, otherwise a booster is required. There are specific details depending on which brand on vaccine you have received.  Please click above for details).
  • Complete the EU-PLF form
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Germany –  click here for current requirements

Greece – click here for current requirements

Hungary – click here for current requirements  

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Iceland – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Ireland – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Italy – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBTand Italy (no older than 270 days, otherwise a booster is required.)
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Latvia – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Complete questionnaire 48 hours before arrival
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Lithuania – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Luxembourg – click here for current requirements  

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

The Netherlands – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and the Netherlands (no older than 270 days, otherwise a booster is required.)
  • Complete health declaration provided by your airline
  • Complete Vaccine Declaration
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Poland – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Portugal – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Portugal
  • We recognize that there is different information regarding testing, so at the moment we recommend having a negative RT-PCR Test 72 hours before boarding, or a negative  Rapid Antigen Test 24 hours before boarding
  • Complete passenger locator cardelectronically within 4 days prior to travel
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Scotland  – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Slovakia – click here for current requirements

Slovenia – click here for current requirements

Spain – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Spain (no older than 270 days, otherwise a booster is required).
  • Complete a Spain Travel Health Formwithin 48 hours of their departure
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Sweden – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Switzerland – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Switzerland (no older than 270 days, otherwise a booster is required).
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

AFRICA

Botswana – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure from Botswana
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Israel – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Proof of medical insurance covering coronavirus infection during visit of Israel
  • PCR test required upon arrival at the airport, and 24 hour quarantine is required or until negative result is received
  • Fill out Entry Form 48 hours prior to your departure
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Jordan – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • PCR test required upon arrival in Jordan
  • Proof of medical insurance covering coronavirus infection during visit to Jordan
  • Register for land border crossing on this platform and schedule and pay through this website for PCR test taken upon arrival into Jordan. No quarantine is required.  Cost is approximately $30 USD per person.
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Morocco click here for current requirements

South Africa – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • All travelers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Turkey – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Turkey
  • Passengers may be subject to random PCR testing
  • Complete Traveler Entry Form prior to departure
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Zambia – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Zimbabwe – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Travelers will be required to complete a contact tracing document upon arrival
  • Quarantine requirements upon arrival are currently in place
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

ASIA

Japan – click here for current requirements – travel for tourism is currently not permitted

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Korea – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Quarantine requirements upon arrival are currently in place
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

New Zealand – click here for current requirements  – travel for tourism is currently not permitted

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Vietnam – click here for current requirements – travel for tourism is currently not permitted

  • Vaccination required by VBT
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Argentina
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Submit an electronic sworn statement within the 48 hours before their arrival/departure
  • Have evidence of medical travel insurance that includes hospitalization, quarantine, and transportation coverage of COVID-19
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Chile – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Chile – booster required within 6 months. If you do not have a booster, additional testing and isolation will be required. Booster information can be found in the Mobility Pass application process.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to the time of boarding of the final flight in the chain
  • Validate vaccination status to obtain mobility pass – please apply 45 days prior to departure since validation can take up to 30 Click on ‘Email’ to create a new account.  You will need to verify your account before you can update your vaccine sections with the information needed for your mobility pass. When you receive your mobility pass, please make sure it lists all your vaccinations.
  • Fill out the “Affidavit for Travelers” form online, up to 48 hours before departure (This is accessed through the same account that you will use for the mobility pass. Click on C19 once you log in to access the affidavit).
  •  The Chilean government conducts random PCR testing upon arrival. Any passenger who tests positive upon arrival in Chile will be required to complete quarantine at a “residencia sanitaria” or other location determined by the Chilean health authorities.
  • Have medical insurance with a minimum coverage of USD 30,000, which covers any expenses caused by Covid-19.
  • For 14 days after you enter the country, you will receive a follow-up form sent daily to your e-mail. Timely completion is mandatory.
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Ecuador – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Ecuador, present vaccination card at airport with QR code.
  • Present declaration of Traveler’s Health Declaration
  • Entry to Galapagos: Show COVID-19 vaccination card with QR code or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Galapagos and Obtain a transit control card at the airport prior to departing on your flight to the Galapagos. Your guides will assist with this at the airport.
  • Return to US: negative antigen test taken within 1 day of departure is required for entry in US. Click here for details.

Peru – click here for current requirements

AUSTRALIA – click here for current requirements

  • Vaccination required by VBT and Australia
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure or rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure
  • Complete Digital Passenger Declaration 72 hours prior to your departure

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