HEALTH PROTOCOLS

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TRAVELING WITH US

Our ability to weather many storms over our 37-year history is a result of our values as a family-owned and led company. In addition to the guiding light of these values, our incomparable experience, local knowledge, and global support network help to ensure your safety on every Country Heritage Tours journey.

The following provides travel updates, policies, and protocols along with important information you need to prepare for your upcoming trip with us.

 


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS GUIDE

Updated: 11/18/2021

 

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

 

Mandatory Vaccination Requirement for International Travel

As many international destinations have introduced vaccination requirements for indoor experiences (museums, restaurants, attractions, etc.) even though the entry requirements for that destination do not require vaccination, vaccination will be required to travel on all international tours starting on September 1, 2021 We will continue to review and update our policies as restrictions are lifted.

GERMANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Germany requires a digital registration and upload of your vaccination card. The registration needs to be completed prior to your departure flight from the US and no more than 3 days before the December 2, 2021 entry date. You can complete your digital registration HERE. Be sure to retain a copy of the registration confirmation as this confirms you are waived from any quarantines.

Information needed for digital registration:

  1. A picture of your vaccination card saved to the device you will use for registration (your phone, computer, tablet, etc…)
  2. The flight information for your flight to Munich
  3. Address in Germany
    1. Postcode: 80336 (you can then select München – Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt from the drop-down)
    2. City: Munchen
    3. Street: Goethestraße
    4. House Number: 7
    5. Other fields are optional
  4. Potential Exemptions from the obligation to quarantine: Select “No Information”
  5. Verify your information then download your Registration PDF
    1. This will issue an email to you with a PIN number needed to upload your vaccination card- check your email for this.
  6. Once you have saved your registration you will be prompted to upload the picture of your vaccination card and enter the PIN you received by email.
  1. Once submitted, your digital registration is complete. Print or screen-shot this page. Reference photo below.
  2. Carry with you this page and the Registration PDF.

AUSTRIA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Vaccinated travelers may enter Austria with no restrictions. There are expiration dates to the vaccines as noted below
    1. For those with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the vaccine is valid for 270 days from the vaccination date
      1. Booster shots are valid for 360 days from the booster shot date.
    2. For 2-dose vaccines the vaccine is valid for 360 days from the 2nd shot, or if you have received a booster from 360 days from the 3rd shot.

Mandatory COVID Testing Prior to U.S. Re-Entry

All travelers must present a negative COVID test result administered in advance of returning to the U.S. Travelers are responsible for making their own arrangements for return testing. These newly available testing options take less time away from your tour, and they’re flexible to allow you to test during your trip when the time is right for you. Whether you’re doing just the base tour or extending your stay requiring testing at a different time, you’ll be able to utilize these new options. Country Heritage Tours will provide comprehensive instructions on how to utilize these tests, and rest assured, your Tour Manager is trained and will be there to assist you. There are two options available:

  1.  (Recommended) Purchase a self-test kit to bring on tour. Major U.S. airlines (American, United) have partnered with Optum and eMed to assist passengers with re-entry testing. These companies sell test kits directly from their websites: Optum 2-pack or Optum 3-packeMed 6-pack. For specific directions, including how to order, register for, and use the Optum/eMed test kits, please refer to this user guide. Please note that a smartphone with a camera and Wi-Fi capability is required for these options.
  2. Make your own arrangements in your destination. For guests that opt for this, please be advised that in-country testing may be more expensive per-person, appointment availability may be limited, and pre-registration and documentation may be required to schedule a test.

 

 


 

DOMESTIC TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

All guests traveling with Country Heritage Tours, regardless of destination or point of origin, must provide proof of one of the following prior to the start of the Welcome Meeting on Day 1

Documentation will be checked and verified by a Country Heritage Tours representative on Day 1 of your trip prior to the start of our Welcome Meeting.

USE OF FACE COVERINGS

Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated guests are required to bring their own personal protective equipment they are comfortable with using, as wearing a mask may be required during some parts of your tour experience. Face coverings are required while traveling onboard the motor coach.

HEALTH SCREENING

All Country Heritage Tours guests traveling in 2021 will have to fill out a Health Screening form for Covid-19 on their first day of their trip prior to the start of our Welcome Meeting. Additionally, requirements vary by geographic region and are evolving quickly. Check back often for updates

LOCAL TESTING SITE LOCATOR

The following link will help you find a COVID-19 testing facility near you. We also advise that you check local resources. Make sure you are getting a PCR test, the most accurate diagnostic test for COVID-19. 


BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Country Heritage Tours is dedicated to giving our guests a safe, stress-free journey. To that end, with help from our Hoteliers, Motor Coach suppliers, and our US based staff, we’ve established a set of enhanced pre- and on-trip protocols and procedures to ensure health – and happiness – throughout your journey with us.

We’ll take every step to ensure you and your traveling companions are ready for the journey. Our touch-free Digital Travel Documents are a great resource for your tour planning and details, your destination, and any updates related to your trip. The Day-by-Day Itinerary will help you prepare for your daily activities on tour and our Travel Info & Destination Details provide essential information regarding hotels, what to pack, and the must-see attractions.

As an additional assurance measure, we’re providing guests with a set of health and safety advice and instructions, ensuring that all health considerations have been taken into account before leaving home.

View Mandatory Health Screening »


WHILE TRAVELING

 


NEW ENHANCED HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS 

Pre-Departure Health Screenings

Group Sizes

Tour Managers Trained in Enhanced Protocols

Guest Responsibility

Motor Coach Travel

On-Tour Experiences

Self-Screening

Hotels


Handcrafted Care & Safety

Our Staff

Once on tour, our Tour Managers and supporting staff are responsible for maintaining these enhanced protocols with a special focus on cleanliness and physical distancing. They will provide information regarding requirements, advise when protocols are mandatory – such as wearing a face covering in group settings or individually at sights and attractions. All Country Heritage staff will adhere to the same requirements

Guest Responsibility

On our trips and journeys, every guest is responsible for their own health and, in turn, the protection of their fellow travelers. Guests will pledge to follow the direction of Country Heritage staff and adhere to all local health and safety protocols. Guests are expected to wash their hands frequently and to adhere to supplier and government regulations. Fully vaccinated guests can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Guests are asked to bring their own supplies of face coverings and hand sanitizer for maximum comfort and protection.

Group Experiences

For tours operating through May, 2021, up to 50% of the motor coach seats will remain unsold to allow for physical distancing. Country Heritage Tours will steadily transition to opening more seats for sale on tours departing June 1, 2021 and forward as more persons are vaccinated and further restrictions on travel are removed.

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