At Contiki we’re looking forward to welcoming back our travelers as soon as you’re ready to hit the road again. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travelers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organization and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols.
Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardized health and hygiene protocols. Read on to learn a little more about how we’re prioritizing your wellbeing when you travel with us.
These are precautionary measures that will constantly be adapted in accordance with guidelines. We will always take necessary steps to ensure our travelers’ wellbeing, but rest assured that none of this will affect the incredible cultural experiences you’ll immerse yourself in, the unique accommodations you’ll visit or the friendships you’ll make on the road. This is still Contiki - lifelong memories always guaranteed.
TTC Peace of Mind
We’re proud to be a part of the Travel Corporation, a family of brands with over 100 years of experience across the world - always run by the same family across four generations. Their heritage, customer care and commitment to service means you can always have peace of mind when booking with us. TTC is privately owned and remains financially strong, so you can rest assured your money is always safe.
COVID-19 Travel Requirements Guide
Looking for up to date information about the latest visa and travel document requirements, COVID testing and quarantine policies based on where you are traveling to and from?
From start to finish, on your trip you’ll be traveling with your ‘travel bubble’ of Contiki travelers. All activities and meals will be with these travelers only, and everything will be overseen by your highly trained Trip Manager. We’ve vetted all local suppliers and guides to ensure that hygiene and distancing protocols are adhered to at all times.
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We’ve made it easy to change your travel plans up to 45 days prior to your trip’s departure date. You can choose new dates and/or a new destination without penalty on the land portion of your trip.
We’ll ask all travelers to complete a personal travel declaration before joining a trip. If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or are traveling with someone who has, you will not be able to join the trip until cleared as ‘fit for travel’ by a medical professional.
Specific details will vary by airline, but standard operations typically include flight attendants wearing masks, sanitizing all surfaces between flights and enhanced hygiene protocols. Check with your airline for any change of travel plan fees as these may still apply outside the TTC Flexibility Guarantee timeframe of 45 days.
We’ll be in touch Pre-Trip with a detailed email, sharing health and hygiene guidelines in accordance with local guidelines specific to your trip as well as information around how to recognize COVID-19 symptoms. We want you to feel as prepared as possible by the time your trip departs.
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We’ve adapted trip arrival times to ease congestion between groups so your Trip Manager can conduct a welcome meeting, covering what can be expected on your trip and all the necessary wellbeing precautions.
Trip Managers will submit a Self-Health Declaration prior to the trip as well as post trip. Our industry leading training has been adapted and enhanced to include a dedicated module on dealing with Covid-19. (find out more in our FAQs below). They, and our Traveler Support team are available 24/7 throughout the trip should any situation arise.
We’ll be adapting group sizes to comply with regional distancing requirements and for the peace of mind of all of our travelers.
Our fleet of touring coaches are equipped with modern, well maintained air-conditioning systems that are able to completely filter and change the air within the vehicle, on average, every 2 to 3 minutes to help protect the health and wellbeing of all of our travelers. To put this in perspective, the air inside a well-ventilated home will only be recycled every 10-20 minutes. The coaches we use are able to refresh the air faster than most hospital operating theatres, which is mandated at 3-4 minutes. The systems are designed to create an efficient vertical and safe airflow that helps ensure that no impurities like Covid aerosols are left to spread throughout the coach. In conjunction with these high-spec air filtration systems, our already thorough cleaning protocols have been further enhanced, by using medical-grade disinfectants and cleaning products.
It is important that travelers bring their own face masks to comply with regional guidelines. It is also a good idea to have your own hand sanitizer, though there will be some available on the coach at all times.
Boarding and disembarkation protocols will be adapted to ensure physical distancing is maintained and our Trip Managers & Drivers will be available for assistance should you require it.
We will only work with trusted partners that are like-minded and care about the well-being of our travelers and are fully compliant with locally mandated standards. Find out more in our FAQs below.
Each supplier must be fully compliant with locally mandated standards. We’ll arrange priority entrance whenever possible and ensure physical distancing throughout. All our Local Guides will have been trained on hygiene protocols and provided with the same checklists and standards your Trip Manager will adhere to.
We’ll ask all travelers to monitor their health throughout their trip, with protocols in place in the event someone becomes ill or displays symptoms of COVID-19.
Our Trip Managers will have been trained and have detailed protocols to follow in this event. Read more about these protocols in the FAQs below.
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At the end of your trip, you’ll be able to share your opinions of your experience, allowing us to constantly improve for the benefit of future travelers.
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What happens if someone on my trip exhibits symptoms of Covid-19?
Steps include but are not limited to:
• Quickly acting to place distance between the unwell traveler and others
• Depending on location this may be through physical distance or use of Personal Protective Equipment such as a face covering and disposable gloves
• Seeking medical advice and facilitating testing
• Liaising with local authorities and following their directives
What protocols do your accommodations and restaurant partners follow?
All our accommodations and restaurant partners will:
• Adhere to our standards and follow minimum guidelines with hygiene protocols, cleaning sanitization
• Ensure all staff are trained in new protocols
• No longer offer shared finger food and where possible avoid self-serve buffets
• Ensure appropriate physical distancing of tables and in lobby and other public areas
• Offer hand sanitizer in key locations
• Thoroughly sanitize rooms between travelers
• Frequently clean and monitor high traffic areas
What is involved in the Trip Managers’ Covid-19 training?
The following is covered in our team’s training:
• How does COVID-19 spread
• Symptoms of COVID-19 and identifying potentially unwell travelers
• Effective personal hygiene and sanitization techniques for infection prevention
• Effective use of PPE (personal protection equipment)
• Appropriate physical distancing protocols
• Preventative measures to ensure your well-being
• Protocols in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case
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