Do I need to be fully vaccinated to travel with Contiki?
The wellbeing of our travellers is our top priority. As well as keeping our travellers safe, a core principle of how we operate is protecting the communities we visit. It’s vital that we make sure those communities also feel safe, and that we all minimise, as much as possible, anyone’s chances of travelling with, picking up or passing on COVID-19. This is part of operating responsibly - especially in countries with more vulnerable populations or low access to vaccines.
Our vaccination policy through to December 31st, 2022 requires all travellers on Contiki trips to be fully vaccinated to travel with us. From January 1st, 2023, we still highly recommend all travellers are vaccinated and boosted where applicable, but it will no longer be a requirement of travel.
Your final vaccine dose must have been administered a minimum of 15 days prior to the start of the trip. We will continue to monitor the local requirements and update the policy accordingly.
For more information see below.
Travellers will also need to comply with specific requirements imposed by airlines and/or governments which may differ from the above.
What is Contiki's Full Vaccination Policy?
Our Policy is as follows:
- You must be fully vaccinated to travel with us on all trips departing on or before December 31, 2022. From January 1st, 2023, this will no longer be a requirement of travel but still highly recommended.
- Fully vaccinated travellers must have proof of vaccination showing they received their last required dose at least 15 days before the start of the trip.
- Proof of vaccine must show the traveller’s full name and must match the name on the passport or any other recognized travel document. Proof of vaccine can be in either printed or digital format.
- In the event you are unvaccinated or are unable to receive vaccination, we will work with you to postpone your trip until you have been vaccinated OR you can choose to rebook for travel in 2023.
As always our team of experts are on hand to help on the phone or web chat if you have any questions about travelling with Contiki, need help with an existing booking or want any more info.
What happens if I test positive on my pre-travel PCR test?
If you are required to present a PCR test to travel to your destination of choice and you test positive on this test you should self-isolate and delay travel. You will be unable to join your trip with a positive PCR test and we recommend you contact your local health department and health care provider.
If you cancel within 45 days of departure then you will be liable for cancellation penalties. See Booking Changes below for more information.
How can I show you that I have been vaccinated?
You will be asked to show an authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (electronic or paper showing date and time of the vaccination(s)) with the final dose given at least 14 days before the start of your trip, to your Trip Manager upon arrival and before joining the trip. We recommend taking a picture of any paper vaccination certificates in case of loss of the original.
Do I need to quarantine before joining a trip?
Different countries are following different protocols, and guidelines are constantly evolving. We continue to monitor and adapt our operations to changing regulations. If you are travelling to a destination that requires a quarantine period, you will be responsible for arranging accommodations, as well as the cost associated with the extended stay. For up to date guidelines, you can check the latest COVID-19 travel regulations, quarantine policies and border statuses for destinations around the world here.
What if we need a negative COVID-19 test to travel between countries? Would the Trip Manager assist or would we be on our own?
Your Trip Manager will be with you for the duration of your trip and will facilitate any testing requirements while you are on the trip. Currently testing requirements differ from country to country so the situation is still unclear. Rest assured, your Trip Manager will clearly communicate what is required and what you need to do while you are on your trip, and as policies are confirmed we will of course keep travellers informed and up to date.
What if I need a COVID test for my return journey - will Contiki help?
You will have your Trip Manager with you for the duration of the trip and if a COVID test is required prior to your return flight home your Trip Manager will be able assist and support with all respective protocols.
Will I still need to wear a mask even though everyone on the trip will be vaccinated?
At this time, you will need to wear a mask whenever your Trip Manager advises it is mandatory to do so. All travellers will be required to comply with local travel requirements, which your Trip Manager will clearly explain to you.
Our coaches have state of the art air filtration and industry leading cleaning protocols, but should you wish to wear a mask while travelling on-board, you are welcome to do so.
Please note that airlines and other establishments may not accept washable cloth masks but only medical masks.
I have already received my vaccination, will I still need to comply with PCR 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. Contiki requires all travellers to be fully vaccinated to travel on our trips so whilst you may only be required to take PCR tests to travel to your trip start point, this will not replace the Contiki requirement for proof of full vaccination.