Below are details on our guest Travel Agreements, Entry and Travel Requirements for specific tours and cruises operating in 2022, local Covid Testing Sites and Frequently Asked Questions.
All guests traveling with Tauck will have to sign two important agreements on the first day of their land tour or cruise. By signing the Travel Well Pledge, you assume personal responsibility for your own health, to help protect the well-being of fellow travelers, the Tauck staff, our supplier partners and the places we visit. By signing the Waiver of Liability for COVID-19, you assume all risks in the unlikely event you are exposed to, or infected by, Covid. Hard copies of these documents will be provided for your signature by your Tauck Director.
Please note that your Tauck Director will provide copies of these documents for your signature on the first day of your trip. Preview these agreements below:
Please complete and submit this form to your Tauck Director on the first day of your trip.
By joining a Tauck journey, it's important that every guest assumes personal responsibility for their own health to help protect the well-being of their fellow travelers, the Tauck staff, our supplier partners and the places we visit. To assist us in this important goal, we are implementing this Travel Well Pledge.
Please complete and submit this form to your Tauck Director on the first day of your trip.
Trip Start Date: _____________
Name of Trip: ____________________________________
Name (as shown in passport): ________________________
_____ I confirm that I am up to date with my vaccinations for Covid-19. If more than 270 days have passed since my initial vaccination series, I am carrying proof of having received a booster shot or proof of full recovery from Covid-19 (dated within the last 180 days).
_____ I confirm that I do not currently have, and have not recently had, a fever (100.4 F° / 38 C° or higher), felt feverish, had chills, a cough, difficulty breathing or other symptoms of Covid-19.
_____ I understand that Tauck cannot guarantee that I, or those I'm traveling with, will not become infected with Covid-19. As such, I agree to hold Tauck harmless and voluntarily assume all risks and related expenses in the event that I, or any member of my traveling party, becomes infected with Covid-19.
I pledge that the above declarations are true and understand that any dishonest answers may have serious public health implications. I agree to take personal responsibility for my health and well-being, to follow Covid-19 protocols – such as wearing a mask and social distancing – when required by our supplier partners and local authorities. I understand that noncompliance with these measures by myself or my traveling party will result in our party not being able to continue on this Tauck journey.
Guardian Signature: ________________________________
(Required if above person is under 18 years of age)
The safety and comfort of our guests has always been of paramount concern to Tauck. We have worked diligently to give you the peace of mind you expect. However, there is no way to eliminate all possible risks while traveling and Tauck therefore cannot assume liability in the unlikely event you contract Covid-19. This is the reason for the necessity of the following waiver of liability:
Tauck, Inc. ("Tauck") has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19. However, Tauck cannot guarantee that you or your travel party will not become infected with Covid-19. In fact, traveling on a Tauck trip and participating in its activities could increase your risk of contracting Covid-19.
By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of Covid-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by Covid-19 by participating in the Tauck trip and that such infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming infected by Covid-19 on a Tauck trip may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to Tauck employees, suppliers (and their employees) and other passengers. I understand that complete knowledge of the risk factors of contracting Covid-19 is not complete and that unknown or unanticipated risks may result in injury, illness, death or any other loss. I agree that having considered these risks, I desire to participate in the tour or cruise and I freely and voluntarily assume complete personal responsibility for the risk of exposure, illness and death due to Covid-19, even if such injuries or death occur in a manner that is not foreseeable at the time this agreement is signed.
I for myself, and on behalf of my and their heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability or expense of any kind that I may experience or incur in connection with my Tauck trip and its activities ("Claims"). I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge and hold harmless Tauck, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims. Including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or related thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Tauck, its employees, agents and representatives, whether a Covid-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any Tauck trip.
I HAVE READ THIS WAIVER OF LIABILITY, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.
I agree that if any portion is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. No additions, deletions or changes can be made to the release form, and signing it is a requirement for joining the trip.
Signature of Participant Date
(Guardian signature if participant is under 18 years of age)
Name of Participant
Destinations around the world have instituted new measures like testing requirements, health insurance coverage, or specific restrictions on travel. The below link provides entry and travel requirements for specific tours and cruises currently operating in 2022. Please read carefully as these guidelines are in addition to Tauck's requirements.
To learn about entry requirements and guidelines for international tours and cruises not yet operating in 2022, the CIBT Entry Guide is an excellent resource.
Health and safety requirements vary across carriers and can change with little notice as conditions and scientific knowledge warrant. Please check with your carrier before your fly. Following are links to health and safety guidelines for many of the major airlines:
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Following are answers to some of the most common questions we are hearing related to travel agreements and guidelines, pre-tour testing, and what to expect on a Tauck tour or cruise.
We are hopeful that recent encouraging news on vaccines will eventually impact COVID-19 travel agreements, guidelines and safety protocols; please stay current by visiting tauck.com.au/travel-updates.
We are delighted to be operating almost our entire global portfolio of tours and cruises in 2022, after successfully and safely restarting operations in January 2021. Exceptions include trips to Asia, New Zealand and Australia. For the status of our tours and cruises by destination, visit our Travel Updates Page. These pages are updated frequently.
All Tauck guests age 12 and older must be "up to date" with their vaccinations for Covid. If over 270 days have passed since your initial vaccination series, you must have a booster shot. In lieu of a booster shot, proof of recovery is also accepted if within 180 days of travel. Tauck does not require pre-trip testing, masking or social distancing. However, health and safety protocols vary country by country and destination guidelines supersede our requirements. In North America, the national parks and some cities sill have masking mandates in public spaces such as public venues and restaurants. Tauck and our suppliers are committed to following local health guidance. Because the guidelines can change quickly, often without notice, it is not possible for us to always provide detailed protocols for your itinerary in advance. Some destinations and suppliers may require masks and physical distancing, even for vaccinated guests. Note that current measures are likely to be different by the time you travel. Our Covid Travel Requirements page will continue to have the most up-to-date information which will also be reflected in your Personal Travel Documents and communicated by your Tauck Director on tour.
Yes, Tauck's Travel Well Pledge and Waiver of Liability for COVID-19 will remain in effect until further notice. Our policies apply to all future bookings until conditions allow us to change them. We can make no exception to these policies.
All Tauck guests age 12 and over must be fully vaccinated for Covid. If more than 270 days have passed since your final required dose of the initial vaccination series, you must show proof of having received a booster shot. In lieu of a booster shot, proof of recovery is also accepted if within 180 days of travel There are no additional exceptions to this requirement, which is in place until further notice. Some destinations have expiration periods that are less than our 270 days, so please check the entry requirements for the destinations you will be visiting here.
Under Tauck's requirement, the booster does not currently expire at 270 days. However, we are aware that there is a validity period for boosters by a few countries on some of our itineraries. The CDC has recently approved a 2nd booster shot for those over age 50 and this dose may be needed to comply with these destination requirements. Please check the entry requirements for the destinations you will be visiting here.
If fully recovered from Covid, you must obtain a letter from a certified health professional that states you are no longer infectious and are medically cleared for travel. You must keep this letter with you during your travels. Please note that, although this proof of recovery will satisfy Tauck's requirements and those of international airlines, we cannot guarantee that it will meet with local requirements. It is therefore possible that you may be denied entry to certain venues that are not part of your Tauck itinerary, such as museums and restaurants.
Although highly recommended, vaccination for minors under age 12 is not required by Tauck; however, if unvaccinated they must present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 3-days, or an antigen test taken within 2-days, of departing for their Tauck trip.
All Tauck guests age 12 and over must bring a certificate, such as the CDC Covid Vaccination Record Card, indicating that you are up to date with your COVID vaccinations, including having received booster shot if more than 270 days have passed since your final required dose of your initial vaccination series.
We strongly recommend that you bring both physical and digital copies of your vaccination record. While Tauck will accept either as proof, it's possible that some destinations or venues may not. A photo of your CDC Covid Record Card on your smart phone or tablet is a good backup. Conversely, if you have only been provided with a digital record of your COVID vaccinations, we strongly recommend that you bring a printout or copy of your vaccination record in addition to your digital record.
Unvaccinated minors, under the age of 12, must bring a laboratory-issued, negative result from a Covid PCR test taken within 3-days of departing for their Tauck trip. Laboratory-issued Antigen tests are now also accepted as long as they are taken within 2-days of departing for their Tauck journey. If guests use a self-test, the test must have a telehealth component and they must present an official document from the issuing health practitioner (e.g. the Abbott BinaxNOW self-test system). We recommend that, in addition to the original paper copy of your documentation, you also bring a photograph of your proof on a mobile device as a backup.
Yes, you are required to be fully vaccinated regardless of whether you have had and recovered from Covid. Additionally, if more than 270-days have passed since your final required dose of the initial vaccination series, you must show proof of having received a booster shot. Increasingly, many of the places we visit are refusing entry for those who do not carry proof of vaccination. Unfortunately, we can make no exception to this requirement. If you have had Covid within 90-days of travel, we recommend that, in addition to your proof of vaccination, you carry documentation of your positive COVID test along with a letter or document from your healthcare provider stating that you have been cleared for travel.
Testing and other requirements vary by destinations and across airlines, and this can impact requirements on a tour-by-tour basis. Please check with your airline(s) and destinations(s) to confirm their requirements, which may be different than Tauck's. Destination-specific guidelines and links to airline protocols can be found in on our Covid-19 Entry Requirements page on tauck.com.
Please note that the requirements for entering a country by air, water and land passage may differ. The Destination Entry Requirements found at tauck.com/entry and in your electronic Personal Travel Documents take this into account.
The need for masking and social distancing largely depends on where you are traveling. And although recommended in public spaces, wearing a mask is no longer a Tauck requirement. Our Tauck Directors and coach drivers will continue to wear masks. Please note that masks must be worn whenever required by local health guidance or our supplier partners. Likewise, social distancing is no longer required, unless local regulations deem otherwise.
Yes. Our Tauck Directors will adhere to the same guidelines our guests follow and we anticipate our staff will be fully vaccinated.
Yes, Tauck will arrange and cover the cost of any required testing, and will assist with filling out any required forms, as we cross borders while on your cruise or tour.
Yes, Tauck will help arrange tests and cover the cost of this on-tour expense.
Tauck will arrange testing prior to the last day of the tour. The cost of this test is not covered by Tauck. Arrangements will be made for guests to pay the vendor directly. Those staying longer in a destination after the tour has ended may need to arrange their own testing to meet CDC requirements. Alternatively, guests may bring an antigen self-test from the USA to perform their own testing, but the test must have a telehealth component and must result in an official document from the issuing health practitioner (e.g. the Abbott BinaxNOW self-test system).
Each situation is unique and every destination has different protocols in place to deal with Covid cases. What we can confirm is that we follow the expertise and guidelines of the local health authorities where we are traveling and work closely with our incredible network of supplier partners, office staff, and global response team to take care of our guests.
Here's what you can expect if you or another guest, test positive: