Traveling in 2021-22

The world is opening up to group travel again and ACIS stands ready to assist groups that are ready to travel under the guidelines set forth by airlines, their destination country and the U.S. for the return leg home. We supported many groups traveling in Summer 2021 and are ready to do the same moving forward, while also offering several options for groups or individuals who feel that traveling this year just isn’t for them. 

Global Travel Information

To help make an informed decision, travelers may want to consult with local and federal resources, as well as speak with their own personal physician for advice. ACIS’ official policy is to offer rerouted or rescheduled itineraries to any destination under a US State Department Level 4 Travel Advisory within 90 days prior to departure. Groups and individuals that choose to continue with their travel plans to a Level 4 destination must complete an online form confirming their intent to travel. 

COVID-19 Risks

Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic involves certain inherent risks of infection and/or travel delay that ACIS cannot wholly eliminate. Every participant who chooses to travel at present must be willing to accept these elevated risks, while at the same time following ACIS and local guidelines designed to maximize the well-being of everyone in the group. 

What to Know for Groups on the Go

Groups and individuals traveling with ACIS in 2021-22 should know that ACIS has enacted the following new protocols to support a travel experience that is as safe as possible. Travelers who don't adhere to these new protocols may be dismissed from the tour and sent home with no refund.

Preparing to Travel

Group travel is an exercise in teamwork. In the best interest of everyone on the team, we are requiring all travelers to be fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Some countries have more stringent entry requirements; we’ll alert groups if these apply to your specific destination. More and more, travel options are becoming restricted for unvaccinated travelers. To ensure that everyone can experience all aspects of the itinerary, as well as to promote the health of both our travelers and host country residents, we strongly encourage all participants to be fully vaccinated prior to their trip. 

You are responsible for arranging for your vaccination and/or pre-departure testing and should be prepared to provide suitable documentation of it throughout your tour. Travelers should also be on the lookout for common symptoms of COVID in the days leading up to their trip and should not travel if these symptoms exist. 

Your tour manager and touring bus driver will also either be vaccinated or test negatively within 72 hours of your arrival in country. ACIS will ensure that all travelers have the necessary overseas medical coverage to meet any special requirements put in place by local governments for travel in 2021 as well. 

While on Tour

Masks that cover both nose and mouth must be worn wherever local regulations require it and you should bring plenty with you for the length of your trip. ACIS will have extra masks on hand should someone need a spare. We will encourage frequent use of hand sanitizer and participants should bring their own supply with them, to supplement what will be available on the bus and in hotels. 

Should a traveler become sick or test positive for COVID during the trip, ACIS will arrange for any needed medical care and help to sort out isolation requirements. These isolation/quarantine requirements may prevent a traveler from flying home on his/her original return date. While in isolation or quarantine overseas, costs related to accommodations, meals, further testing and return flights are all covered by your overseas protection plan and ACIS. 

According to the CDC, individuals who are fully vaccinated do not have to self-quarantine after exposure to a person with COVID-19 and can travel, unless they too have COVID-19 symptoms.  This means that vaccinated participants can continue on with their trip or return home at the end of the trip even if other participant(s) on the tour receive a positive COVID test while overseas.  ACIS will work with group leaders and our on-the-ground support staff to ensure that any minors who are forced to quarantine will have a responsible adult remain with them. 

Returning Home

Currently all travelers entering the United States are required to show proof of a negative COVID test from within three days of their return flight. ACIS will manage the logistics and cover the cost for these tests. Upon returning home, travelers should also be prepared to follow any local guidelines in place related to people arriving from out of state.