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Please note that all Experi Guests are required to be fully vaccinated as of August 1, 2021.

Does Experi recommend Travel Insurance?

Yes, while we cannot sell or promote specific policies, we do highly recommend every guest consider purchasing travel insurance for their entire trip, including additional optional coverages depending on their situation and comfort levels. You can learn more on our Travel Insurance page.

What are the Experi requirements related to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations?

Increasingly, the places we visit across Europe are requiring all visitors to provide proof of vaccination to gain entry. Therefore, effective August 1, 2021, all Experi guests over the age of 12 need to be fully vaccinated and carry proof of vaccination with them at all times. In addition, we require that each guest complete and sign the following Guest Health & Wellness Pledge prior to departure:

Guest Health & Wellness Pledge

Select Foreign Entry & US Re-entry Requirements

Destinations around the world have implemented new requirements for entry including testing requirements, insurance requirements, and/or specific restrictions to travel. These requirements can and do change according to the current situation in each country. While Experi will refer to these official sources here, we recommend you always check directly with local authorities and official sources.

What are the entry requirements for Italy?

Beginning on August 31 and valid until October 25, 2021, travelers from the United States may enter Italy if they present a Passenger Locator Form (see link below), a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result carried out within 72 hours of arrival, and proof of vaccination by a vaccine from Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, or AstraZeneca. The date of the final vaccine dose must be at least 14 days prior to travel. Travelers vaccinated in the United States can prove this via the “white card” bearing the CDC logo.

All travelers must fill in a Passenger Locator Form AND download the resultant digital form or app to bring on the flight. https://app.euplf.eu/#/

Source: https://it.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

What are the entry requirements for France?

Entry to France:

France is open to US travelers (including minors) who bring one of the following forms of proof: 1) Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, such as the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Vaccination must be with a CDC or EU approved vaccine (2 weeks after receiving the final dose of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca, or 4 weeks after the single dose of Johnson and Johnson) for entry into France; or 2) Proof of a negative result from a PCR or antigen COVID-10 test taken within 72 hours.

All visitors are also required to complete a sworn statement related to COVID-19 symptoms. https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

While in France:

As of August 2, 2021 France has implemented their "pass sanitaire" policy requiring full vaccination or strict testing to enter most public and private venues. Recently they have made this pass available for non-EU visitors. This pass effectively establishes proof of vaccination and testing for all individuals within France and is a convenient and easy way to demonstrate vaccination.

Currently, for US visitors the CDC-issued vaccination card can act as your "pass sanitaire," but we recommend you convert this to the French Covid Certificate, which you then enter into France's mobile App called TousAntiCovid. The French Covid Certificate is QR code-based and can easily be added to the TousAntiCovid App creating your digital "pass sanitaire," which is widely recognized in France as the most convenient and safe way to show your vaccination status. You can obtain your Covid Certificate to enter into the App in one of two ways:

  1. Via a local pharmacy in France. Once in France show your US paper-based CDC vaccination card along with identifying documents at a local pharmacy where they are able to enter it into the French system and provide you a QR code readable Covid Certificate. This certificate can then easily be added to the secure TousAntiCovid mobile app.
  2. Via an emailed application. Prior to traveling to France, you can apply for a Covid Certificate by following the application instructions here. This process is prioritized for visitors already in France, or soon to arrive to France, and receiving many applications so could take time. If you do not receive your Covid Certificate before arrival you can always obtain it in France.

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What are the entry requirements for Spain?

Effective September 6, 2021, the entry requirements for Spain have changed and now all travelers coming from the US must show proof of a Covid vaccination. A negative certificate of a Diagnostic Test of Active Infection or a certificate of recovery from COVID is no longer accepted for entry to Spain. Unvaccinated travelers will not be permitted to enter Spain.

In cases of certificates or supporting documents (vaccination, diagnostic test, recovery), they must be original, in Spanish, English, French, or German, and in paper or electronic format.

In addition, all persons entering Spain, including international transits, must complete the Health Control Form and obtain their QR to present at boarding and health controls on arrival in Spain.

You may complete the form online at by clicking on this link: https://www.spth.gob.es/

Source: https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

What are the entry requirements for Portugal?

Please note that all Experi Guests are required to be fully vaccinated as of August 1, 2021.

Current regulations allow U.S. citizens to travel directly from the United States to Portugal for non-essential travel (i.e. tourism) with proof of an accepted COVID-19 test. Accepted COVID-19 tests include: a negative SARSCoV-2 lab result of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), for example a PCR test, performed in the last 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test (TRAg) performed within 48 hours of boarding.

All travelers will also be required to complete a Passenger Locator Card Individually) before departure to Portugal. https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

Source: https://pt.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

Are there any transit requirements for connecting through London (UK)?

Yes, since the UK is no longer part of the European Union and manages its borders separately, the United Kingdom has its own set of entry and transit requirements.

Check with your airline and final destination about potential additional testing, quarantine, or other requirements.

UK Transiting and Layover rules: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/layovers-and-transiting

Learn more about transiting Heathrow airport here: https://www.heathrow.com/customer-support/faq/coronavirus-covid-19#govt-restrictions

Are there any transit requirements for connecting in other EU countries?

Enter your destination (including connection) and date information on this website and receive guidance about the latest travel rules and restrictions for your trip including those regarding transit. https://apply.joinsherpa.com/travel-restrictions

What are the re-entry requirements for returning to the US?

As of July 6, 2021, if you plan to travel internationally you will need to get tested no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.)

Please check out the CDC.org website for detailed information.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

Will Experi assist guests and cover the cost of the current CDC requirements of being tested before returning home to the USA?

Experi will arrange testing prior to the last day of the tour. The cost is not covered by Experi. Arrangements will be made for guests to pay the vendor directly. Those staying longer in a destination after the tour has ended will need to arrange their own testing to meet return-home requirements.

Many airlines are offering pre-departure at-home testing kits to meet the re-entry requirements. Consult directly with your airline for more information on this option. See the Airline Health & Safety Information section for contact information.

During your Travels

What happens if a guest shows symptoms of COVID-19 while on a trip?

We will follow our existing policy of taking care of the guest as we would any sick guest. Our team, in conjunction with local authorities, will work with the guest to determine if testing is required. We will follow the policies of local authorities regarding the testing of other guests, required quarantines, etc. Coverage for medical costs depends on the individual insurance of each guest as well as the regulations of the local government. Rest assured, in the event of a positive test result, Experi will assist with navigating the logistics related to this occurrence.

Please note that while we will assist in getting you all the help and support you need, any expenses for testing, treatment or self-isolation will need to be covered by you and your travel insurer, so please ensure you have access to funds while traveling in case of this or other emergencies.

Are Experi Tour Directors, Local Guides, and Drivers vaccinated?

Yes, all Experi Travel Directors, Local Guides, and Drivers are fully vaccinated.

What are the Experi protocols related to COVID-19 during the trip?

Experi will follow all local and regional protocols or mandates. Guests must follow the instruction of their Experi Director regarding mask protocols regardless of vaccination status. Guests should bring along their own masks and other products such as hand sanitizers, wipes, etc that contribute to a sense of well-being.

All of our vendors will follow the local and regional protocols including masking when required, sanitizing, social distancing, and limiting the number of guests in a party/location.

I am staying on after the Experi trip. Will Experi help me with testing for re-entry?

Those staying on longer in a destination after the tour had ended will need to arrange their own testing to meet return-home requirements.

Depending on your final departure location our Travel Director may provide basic information for you.

Select Airline Health & Safety Information

Additional Travel Resources

What resources are available for learning more about travel guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19?

Centers for Disease Control Re-entry into the USA Requirements:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

Destination Entry Requirements: This website allows you to enter your travel departure and destination with date ranges to get the most up-to-date information.

https://apply.joinsherpa.com/travel-restrictions?affiliateid=lot

European Union Perspective:
https://reopen.europa.eu/en

Locating a testing site: For those who wish to make their own testing arrangements or who are traveling after the Experi trip you may find updated information at the following links:

Italy: https://www.doctorsinitaly.com/covid-swab-test/

France: https://www.sante.fr/cf/centres-vaccination-covid.html

Be sure to check with your airline as well as most carriers have detailed information regarding testing centers and options for re-entry to the US.

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