Travel Safely

Randonnée Tours style of travel, specializing in biking and hiking tours in the outdoors, where every trip is customized for you is particularly well-suited to these times. Lots of guests have traveled with us in 2021 and their experiences and positive feedback have confirmed that travel can be safe and is immensely rewarding in ways that we know well. We will continue to build on what we’ve already learned as the world continues to reopen, allowing us to responsibly operate trips in more and more regions across the globe.

Randonnée Tours strongly urges all eligible clients to be vaccinated. Regional requirements are constantly evolving, often with very little notice, so traveling unvaccinated may cause trip disruption.

Face Masks
We would expect guests to follow local protocols and wear face masks in indoor settings where appropriate.

Staying Informed & Keeping You Up to Date
We continue to monitor the latest health advisories and how these may impact tour operations. The latest recommendations from the CDC and WHO, along with local authorities where we travel, are guiding our decisions. We’ll update you on any updates that affect your trip.

The Advantage of Our Style of Travel

Custom trips
If ever there was a time to extol the virtues of private travel, now is it. Your trip with your people on your dates. We are here,  happy to make this happen.

Flexibility for Meals
As always, we plan flexibility into our dining plans. On our self-guided tours, you decide how and where to dine. You have the option to get take-out or picnic along the daily ride.

Re-openings & Requirements

As the world reopens, destinations around the globe are requiring proof of vaccination or other documentation for entry. We have listed countries that Randonnée Tours operates trips in.

Since these requirements are changing frequently, we recommend checking back regularly as your trip approaches for any updates. This information was last updated on November 12, 2021.

CANADA

All regions of Canada are currently open to vaccinated travelers from the US. See full entry requirements below.

Travelers are required to provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN (app or web portal), including proof of vaccination, within 72 hours prior to departing for Canada. Travelers must also present a negative test taken within 72 hours before arrival, regardless of vaccination status, and have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation ready to show on request.

Testing for guests returning from Canada to the US:

We are recommending that all guests traveling to Canada purchase an Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag At-Home Rapid Test Kit one to two weeks before our departure. Click here for more on how to use this test.

For guests on our Canadian Rockies trips, an alternative option is to schedule a rapid test at the Calgary airport. The test costs CAD $75 (approximately US $60) per person and takes 15 minutes. You must book in advance on this website – select “Antigen Test” at the Calgary airport to schedule.

US DESTINATIONS

US trips that do have regional entry requirements are listed below.

Visitors to Hawaii who have been fully vaccinated in the US can now bypass pre-trip testing. To skip the testing requirement, vaccinated visitors must create a Safe Travels Hawaii account and upload an image of their vaccination card, sign an attestation form and bring a hard copy of their vaccine card to show upon boarding and/or arrival. All non-vaccinated visitors 5 and over must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival. Testing must be completed by a Hawaii-approved trusted testing partner and results must be obtained by the time of departure. Learn more

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Most international destinations currently require proof of vaccination to enter. While some will accept a negative COVID-19 test in lieu of proof of vaccination, these requirements are constantly evolving. We therefore advise all guests traveling on international trips this year to bring proof of vaccination, in the form of both a physical vaccination card and a digital version (photo of the card). Traveling internationally without proof of vaccination, while technically possible in some destinations, presents greatly increased risks of travel interruption.

In addition to requiring vaccination, some international destinations also require a negative COVID-19 test for entry, and most require some form of Health Form or “Passenger Locator Form.” We suggest printing your completed health form to expedite your travel process. Some destinations require visitors to upload proof of vaccination (or negative test result) into a website or app before departure or arrival. See details by destination below.

More and more destinations are now requiring proof of vaccination for entry into restaurants and cultural sites. In some cases, a negative test taken within the previous 48 or 72 hours will also suffice.

The United States currently requires that all travelers returning to the country from abroad show proof of a negative PCR or rapid COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of their return flight. Per CDC guidelines, this requirement can be met with select self-administered testsAbbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag At-Home Rapid Test Kit, which must be ordered online, meets all requirements for inbound US travelers. Click here for more on how to use this test. Please note that over-the-counter tests, including Abbott’s similarly named “BinaxNOW COVID-19 Self Test Kit,” will not fulfill the CDC requirement.

EUROPE

Most European countries where we operate have reopened to travelers from the US & Canada. Most European countries require that travelers from the US & Canada show proof of vaccination for entry. See details by country below.

Croatia is now welcoming international travelers who show proof of vaccination (in the form of a paper CDC card), a negative test or recovery from COVID-19. Visitors must also show proof of hotel booking (for Great Explorations travelers, a printed copy of your trip invoice should suffice) and complete a travel announcement formLearn more.

Canadian travelers: Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

Austria is now welcoming international travelers who show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from COVID-19. Learn more.

Czech Republic is now welcoming vaccinated travelers from the US without quarantine requirements. Prior to arrival, all travelers must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator FormLearn more

While testing is not required for entry into the country for vaccinated travelers, many hotels and other facilities require a negative test for entry. We strongly recommend that you take a PCR test in the 72 hours prior to your departure for the Czech Republic. Testing is also available at the Prague airport. Learn more.

Please note that Czech regulations currently require the use of FFP2 or KN95 masks on airlines and in enclosed public spaces, including restaurants, cafés and museums. Fabric or disposable masks will not be accepted. Guests traveling on trips in the Czech Republic should bring one of the permitted masks for daily use.

We are recommending that all guests purchase an Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag At-Home Rapid Test Kit one to two weeks before their departure. Click here for more on how to use this test.   Alternatively, for travelers departing from Vienna, rapid tests are available at the Vienna International Airport between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. Results are typically sent by email within 30 minutes.

Canadians can access Covid-19 Travel advice. Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

France has moved the US back to its “orange list,” meaning that proof of vaccination is now required to avoid quarantine for all travelers arriving from the US. Before boarding, travelers must also complete and present this Certificate of International Travel attesting that they have no symptoms of COVID-19. Unvaccinated minors will be allowed to enter alongside vaccinated adults, but children 11 and older will have to show proof of a negative test result. Learn more.

Canadians can access Covid-19 Travel advice. Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

France requires that all visitors be vaccinated. New regulations also require you to show proof of vaccination (or a negative test result from within the prior 72 hours) at restaurants, cultural institutions, hotels, cafés and most other public indoor places. France has implemented a new process for converting your CDC vaccination card to the French HealthPass system. Before departing for France, travelers must create an account and upload copies of their CDC card and passport to convert their credentials into a French Health Pass. Full instructions can be found here.

Testing for guests returning from France to the US: 

Rapid antigen tests (approved by the CDC for inbound US travelers) are now available on a walk-in basis at pharmacies in all cities and towns in France. This is the least expensive and simplest option for testing in France. Your Trip Leaders can recommend the easiest way to get a test during or after your trip based on your travel itinerary.

Select self-testing kits are also an option. If you opt for self-testing, we suggest ordering an Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag At-Home Rapid Test Kit one to two weeks before your departure. Click here for more on how to use this test.

Canadians can access Covid-19 Travel advice. Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

Germany is now welcoming vaccinated travelers from the US & Canada without quarantine requirements. Visitors arriving from the US & Canada will need to fill out a digital entry formLearn more.

Ireland is now welcoming international travelers who show proof of vaccination from COVID-19. Travelers from the US and Canada do not need to show test results or quarantine. All visitors will need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours prior to travel. Travelers will need to keep their CDC vaccine card handy as hotels and restaurants may ask for proof of vaccination. Learn more.

Canadians can access Covid-19 travel advice. Learn More.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

Italy is now welcoming travelers from the US & Canada who present both proof of vaccination AND a negative test result. The test must be a negative molecular or antigenic swab test (PCR or rapid antigen test) taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers will also need to complete an online Passenger Locator Form. Documented proof of recovery from COVID-19 (translated into Italian, in addition to a negative test result) can also suffice in lieu of proof of vaccination. Learn more.

Rules once in Italy: New regulations require that you present a CDC vaccination card (or proof of recovery translated to Italian) to dine in restaurants or enter wellness centers, cultural institutions and other select venues. Guests should keep these documents handy during the trip.

Canadians can access covid-19 travel advice here: Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

The Netherlands (UPDATE 9/22/21) has announced that vaccinated travelers from the US no longer have to self-quarantine upon arrival. Visitors must show proof of vaccination and complete a Health Declaration FormLearn more.

Belgium is now requiring proof of vaccination for all travelers from the United States. Learn more.

Canadians can access Covid-19 information. NetherlandsLearn more. BelgiumLearn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

Portugal is now welcoming visitors from the US & Canada with proof of a negative test result. Test can be a PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding your flight, or a rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of boarding your flight. There will likely be additional rapid test requirements during travel in Portugal. Travelers are advised to carry their CDC vaccine card with them at all times as it may help to avoid trip interruption. Travelers must also complete a passenger locator card within 48 hours prior to travel. Learn more.

Testing for guests returning from Portugal to the US: 

We are recommending that all guests traveling to Portugal purchase an Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag At-Home Rapid Test Kit one to two weeks before their departure. Click here for more on how to use this test.

Alternatively, US citizens can obtain inexpensive COVID-19 tests in Portugal from private medical clinics. Your Trip Leaders can recommend the easiest way to get a test during or after your trip based on your travel itinerary.

Canadians can access covid-19 travel advisory here: Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

Slovenia is now welcoming visitors from the US & Canada with proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative PCR test. Learn more.

Canadians can access Covid-19 Travel advice. Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

Spain (UPDATE 9/7/21) is now requiring proof of vaccination for all travelers from the US above the age of 12. Travelers must also complete a Spain Travel Health Form within 48 hours of their departure. Learn more.

Testing for guests returning from Spain to the US: 

US citizens can obtain inexpensive COVID-19 tests in Spain from private medical clinics. Your Trip Leaders can recommend the easiest way to get a test during or after your trip based on your travel itinerary.

Select self-testing kits are also an option. If you opt for self-testing, we suggest ordering an Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag At-Home Rapid Test Kit one to two weeks before your departure. Click here for more on how to use this test.

Canadians can access covid-19 travel advisory here: Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

Switzerland is now welcoming travelers from the US who show proof of vaccination, a negative test result (from a PCR test within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours) or proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months. Travelers must complete an entry form prior to arrival. Learn more. We resumed running trips in Switzerland in July.

Testing for guests returning from Switzerland to the US: 

We are recommending that all guests traveling on our Switzerland trips purchase an Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag At-Home Rapid Test Kit one to two weeks before their departure. Click here for more on how to use this test.

Canadians can access covid-19 travel advisory here: Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

The United Kingdom is now welcoming vaccinated travelers from the US & Canada with no pre-departure testing requirement. Travelers are required to take a PCR test in the UK within 48 hours of arrival. Learn more.

For England trips, guests should book tests to take place at the airport upon arrival. London Heathrow offers on-site PCR testing, which must be booked in advance here. Some hotels can also arrange in-room PCR testing.

For Scotland trips, guests should pre-book their post-arrival test using the UK’s Corporate Travel Management (CTM) portal; the self-administered test kit costs approximately $120 and can be mailed to your first night’s accommodations.

For both England and Scotland trips, reservations for the post-arrival PCR test must be made in advance, as you will be asked to show that you scheduled and paid for a PCR test upon arrival in the UK.

Canadians can access Covid-19 Travel advice. Learn more.
Returning to Canada? Learn more.

LATIN AMERICA

Rapid tests are available at both of Costa Rica’s international airports, San José and Liberia. The service costs $65, is available 24/7, and results are guaranteed within an hour. Travelers can book their appointments for either airport at: https://covid.morphotr.com/.  They recommend booking a test 4 hours before your flight.

Additionally, most hotels in Costa Rica offer in-room testing. Costs are usually $125-$200. Your Trip Leaders can give you more information on the first day of your trip if you are interested in testing at your final trip hotel.

Finally, select self-testing kits are also an option. If you opt for self-testing, we suggest ordering an Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag At-Home Rapid Test Kit one to two weeks before your departure. Click here for more on how to use this test.

Returning to Canada? Learn more.

For all international departures, in the event that borders are not yet fully open to US travelers (meaning no quarantine required with proof of vaccination and/or negative test results), we will be forced to postpone your trip. All booked guests on trips we are forced to postpone will receive 100% trip credit with no penalty or booking fees and can re-book for a trip to take place within 24 months. These credits are transferable to others and can be used for any trip that Randonnée Tours and Great Explorations offers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at Toll Free +1 888 730 8123 or local number +1 604 568 0139. We are open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm PST.

Additional Resources – NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-travel-restrictions.html

Vaccination Tracker https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/world/covid-vaccinations-tracker.html

Covid Tracker https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/world/covid-cases.html