COVID-19 Travel Updates

Gate 1 Vaccination Requirement

Our primary focus will always be the safety and health of our passengers, staff and the communities we visit. With this in mind, we require all travelers to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 prior to starting their trip. This requirement will remain in place until guidance changes from health organizations and governments.

Additional requirements may exist based on your itinerary and enforced by airlines, government agencies, and local businesses.

Omicron Variant

Our Covid Response Team are aware of newly imposed travel restrictions which affect several countries in Southern Africa, Morocco and Israel. Our staff are assisting those who are currently traveling as well as those whose upcoming tour departure has been be impacted. As health authorities garner additional data about the Omicron variant, our team will continue to monitor and respond to any new requirements and travel restrictions. The majority of the world remains open and we are continuing our operations with safety and security as our highest priority.

Return to the USA Testing

Starting December 6, 2021, travelers will need to get a Covid-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before returning by air into the United States. The negative result must be shown to the airline prior to boarding. This requirement is for all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States. For escorted tour and river cruise participants, Gate 1 will organize testing prior to departure. Independent travelers are responsible to comply with this requirement on their own. All travelers must have access to personal email, preferably via a smart device, to receive the results. Additional details and costs will be provided at least 14 days before your trip. Full pre-departure testing requirements may be found on the CDC website.

Current Travel Restrictions by Country

We have partnered with Sherpa to provide you with current travel restrictions and requirements for all countries. As guidelines are constantly changing and evolving, this information is updated multiple times a day so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Click here to explore requirements for countries you will be visiting.

You will find that many countries require that travelers complete specific forms and documentation prior to travel. Due to the frequently changing guidelines, we recommend that you wait to complete required documentation closer to your departure date.

Trip Protection

We encourage all travelers to protect themselves against the unexpected. Coverage includes trip cancellation, interruption and delay benefits. Medical coverage applies for illness or injury, and includes coverage for travelers who contract Covid-19 and/or who are forced to quarantine in their destination. And all new policy purchases now include the Cancel for Any Reason waiver benefit, providing additional peace of mind and flexibility prior to departure. Click here for more information.

About Future Travel Credits

For those who had a booking impacted by a suspended tour, we continue to accept new reservations. Login to My Account to view and activate your Future Travel Credit. You will be able to reserve new services for departures through December 31, 2023. New flexible booking policies make it easier to book with confidence. If you are not comfortable traveling as your departure date approaches, you can change your plans any time before final payment at no cost.


This page was last updated December 3, 2021.