Will I need to have had the COVID-19 vaccination to be allowed to travel with Insight Vacations?
The wellbeing of our guests is our top priority. As part of this commitment, all guests travelling with Insight Vacations through December 31, 2022 are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which may include a booster shot to keep the vaccination status current and valid, depending on the travel destination.
Children not eligible for vaccination and/or booster at the time of travel must provide a verifiable and negative Covid-19 test result, taken within 72 hours prior to the start of the tour (taking time zones into consideration) for all tours departing until December 31, 2022.
For guests travelling with Insight Vacations from 1 January 2023, Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters are highly recommended, but no longer required.
Please note that regardless of time of travel guests will need to comply with specific vaccine and/or booster requirements imposed by airlines and/or authorities in the destination visited, as well as requirements for accessing restaurants and venues, which may be more restrictive than above.
It is guests’ responsibility to ensure that they comply at all times with these requirements. No refunds will be given if guests are unable to undertake some or all of their vacation due to their failure to comply with these requirements.
This policy is subject to change at any time, without notice.
How will Insight Vacations be assisting with any mandatory testing required pre, during and post travel?
Any testing that is required pre travel will be the responsibility of the guest to organise, as these requirements will be in accordance with airline policies, and the entry requirements of the destination you are travelling to. During your tour, your Well-Being Director* and Travel Director will facilitate any mandatory testing, including PCR tests required for the return home, and this will be done with as little impact as possible to your experience. This testing will be at the expense of the guest. Any testing required post travel will again be the responsibility of the guest to organise.
Will you require that children be tested on your tours?
For children not eligible for vaccination and/or booster at the time of travel, a verifiable negative test result for COVID-19 (electronic or paper showing date and time of test) taken within 72 hours prior to the start of the trip departure, must be provided if travelling through December 31, 2022.
Children travelling after January 1, 2023 will need to comply with specific testing requirements imposed by airlines and/or authorities in the destination visited, as well as requirements for accessing restaurants and venues.
I have already received my vaccination, will I still need to comply with testing?
Depending on the airline you travel with, you may be required to show proof of vaccination and/or testing, and similarly the destination you are travelling to may have specific requirements with regards to the vaccine and/or testing.
How do I know what the country I am travelling to requires for my upcoming tour?
You can check what travel restrictions and requirements are in place at the destination you are travelling to by visiting our Travel Requirements page.
Will there be any intermittent testing on longer or multi-country tours?
Your Wellbeing Director* or Travel Director will facilitate any testing requirements while you are on tour. Restrictions are easing in many parts of the world and many countries do not require testing for fully vaccinated travellers. Rest assured, your Travel Director or Wellbeing Director* will clearly communicate what is required and what you need to do while you are on tour.
What happens if I test positive before flying home, or upon re-entering my home country?
If you test positive for Covid-19 prior to flying home, you will need to quarantine in that country for the required number of days as stipulated by the local government. In this situation, your Travel Director or Well-Being Director* and our support team behind the scenes will defer to the advice of the local authorities, but please be assured we will be able to assist with making necessary arrangements for your accommodations, keep in touch with you and support you until you are able to return home. Any costs incurred for having to quarantine will be your and/or your insurance provider's responsibility, which is why we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance before your tour begins. If you test positive upon re-entering your home country once your trip is complete, you will need to follow the guidelines as stipulated by your local government.
What happens if I test positive on my trip?
If you test positive while travelling with us, you will not be able to continue to travel with the group but will need to isolate in that country for the required number of days as stipulated by the local government and/or until such time that you obtain a negative Covid test result. Your Travel Director or Well-Being Director* and our support team behind the scenes will assist you with making the necessary arrangements for your accommodations, keep in touch with you and support you until you are able to return home or rejoin the group, once cleared as fit-to-travel by a health care professional. We highly recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover situations such as these. Please be sure you are covered for the complete dates of your tour and validate that you have the appropriate level of coverage for:
- Trip Interruption - to cover the cost of your trip, including air Trip Delay
- Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation; and
- Medical Expenses from illness (covering individual or pandemic event)
What extra steps do I need to take prior to travelling, and how much more will it cost me?
In terms of travelling with Insight Vacations, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance ahead of your tour that covers you for unexpected events including accident and illness (such as Covid-19). In terms of testing requirements many countries have relaxed their COVID protocols and testing requirements but the situation is constantly evolving. The cost will depend on the country you are travelling to and their specific testing requirements as well as the testing requirements of your home country for your return.