COVID-19 Health & Safety
Update: Traveller Vaccination policy
Due to international regulations and restrictions, B&R will not be able to provide our usual B&R experience to unvaccinated travellers. Therefore, effective immediately, anyone booked to travel with B&R is required to be fully vaccinated in advance of joining a trip. For full details on our vaccination policy, click here.
Updated: October 14, 2021
The health and well-being of our travellers are of paramount importance to us, and we are committed to keeping you informed as COVID-19 protocols worldwide are updated. Now more than ever, protection, prevention and response are a top priority as we continue to adapt to the latest guidance from our Global Partners and Regional Health Authorities. With this in mind, B&R has implemented specific health measures to ensure safe and responsible travel.
As regulations on international travel evolve, we ask that you remain open-minded and flexible. Those choosing to travel with us should do so with the mindset that things might not play out exactly as planned, meaning potential alterations to events, meals, lodging, transportation and activities. And while B&R and our Global Partners follow local safety guidelines to reduce the risk of viral transmission, there may be higher infection rates and/or lower vaccination rates in some areas we visit, and limits on the level of sophistication and availability of therapies, medical care and hospital beds for COVID-19 treatment.
Click here to read more about our enhanced safety measures and what you can expect when travelling with us this year, and here to review our Terms & Conditions. We strongly suggest you also review the information found on your Waiver and Statement of Account.
We hope the following information will help prepare you for your trip:
Before Your Trip
Within 14 days of departure, please ensure:
o You have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the type and date of your last vaccination is acceptable in accordance with regional entry requirements
o You have not tested positive for COVID-19
o You are not experiencing a fever, dry cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, fatigue, loss of taste and smell, or any other symptoms of COVID-19
o You have not been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID19
We will notify you of trip-specific health guidelines before your departure. Depending on regional entry requirements, you may need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and/or vaccinations. It is imperative that you arrive at your destination armed with this information. We cannot stress enough the importance of this. If you fail to comply with local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations, you may be refused entry to the region and be unable to participate in your trip.
We ask that you bring your own masks, but we will have extras on hand should you need them. In the event that you are required to quarantine unexpectedly, we recommend including extra medication and other necessities in your carry-on to cover an additional 14 days.
We strongly suggest all our travellers purchase travel insurance. Now more than ever, it is important to be covered should you need to leave your trip due to injury or infection. B&R offers coverage through Cavalry Insurance (available for US residents). Please review the details of their COVID-19 Policy FAQ here.
On Your Trip
YOUR ON-TRIP HEALTH
If you experience COVID-19 symptoms while on trip, please notify your Guide immediately and refrain from further group activities. Please know we will do everything we can to assist you in following local health advice and safety protocols. Should you require offsite medical treatment for any reason on your trip, please be aware that due to local health protocols, your Guide may not be able to accompany you. If you test positive for COVID-19 at any point before your trip, on-trip or post-trip, you may be required to show proof of a positive result.
Your Guides will ensure you’re well-informed and feeling safe throughout your trip. They have received up-to-date training that covers advanced health and safety protocols specific to COVID-19 and they will conduct pre-trip safety meetings with all our local partners. All Guides participate in daily health screenings.
LOCAL HEALTH PROTOCOLS
To keep your group, your Guides and the communities you visit safe, we kindly ask that you follow local health protocols and regulations. If you are unable to do so, you may be required to leave your trip. Local guidelines may include (but are not limited to):
o Maintaining physical distance
o Hand washing and sanitizing
o COVID-19 tests for entry into establishments
o COVID-19 tests for suspected exposure
If COVID-19 exposure or a positive COVID-19 test arises while on trip, we ask that you comply with local guidelines. We will do our best to assist you, however, any costs associated with cancellations or delays are your responsibility. This may include (but is not limited to):
o Masks/PPE o Required testing
o Required self-isolation and/or quarantine
o Transportation arrangements
If you are travelling with children, please ensure they follow COVID-19 protocols. If they are unable to do so, both you and your children may be required to leave your trip.
Due to health and safety concerns that could emerge from COVID-19, B&R may need to modify your trip and its activities. These modifications would be necessary to keep your group and Guides safe while on the road. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Once a trip is on the road, we have fully committed to all payments (hotels, local guides, restaurants, transfers etc.) and therefore are unable to refund travellers should their trip be cut short or altered due to COVID-19, failure to comply with local health protocols, or any other reason.
After Your Trip
WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AFTER YOUR TRIP
If you contract COVID-19 within 14 days of returning home from your trip, please let us know immediately by contacting your Travel Advisor.
Please connect with your Travel Advisor if you have any further questions.
Thank you for choosing to travel with Butterfield & Robinson. We are excited to see you back on the Slow Road!
Traveller Vaccination Policy
Updated: October 14, 2021
Due to international regulations and restrictions, B&R will not be able to provide our usual B&R experience to unvaccinated travellers. Therefore, effective immediately, anyone booked to travel with B&R is required to be fully vaccinated in advance of joining a trip.
We have updated our vaccination policy to require all travellers joining a trip with B&R through December 31, 2022 to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This may include a booster shot to ensure vaccinations are current and valid, with the final dose of vaccine administered at least 14 days prior to the first day of the trip.
Children under 12 must provide a verifiable and negative Covid-19 test result taken 72 hours prior to the start of the trip.
Prior to your departure, we will collect traveller’s vaccination information, including vaccine type and date of vaccination, to ensure we are able to provide our typical B&R experience in accordance with regional health requirements. Upon the start of the trip, and as required throughout the duration of the trip, travellers must be able to provide a vaccination record issued by either (1) the country’s health authority that administered the vaccination accompanied by photo identification, or (2) electronic vaccination records where country policy requires the use of electronic documentation via app or health agency site.
B&R accepts vaccines that are fully approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA or the World Health Organization. A traveller is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the required number of doses in their vaccine series have been fully administered.
All travellers must also be able to comply with the vaccination entry requirements of the country of destination. We understand some travellers may have been vaccinated with doses from two different vaccines. Whether these are accepted will depend on your country of destination. The requirement for a booster shot for the vaccine to be current and valid may also be determined by the country of destination. Please speak with your Travel Advisor for up-to-date information related to the vaccine entry requirements of your country of destination.
B&R’s Traveller Vaccination Policy is subject to change as we monitor evolving public health guidance and government regulations. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve. Any exceptions to this policy are granted at the sole discretion of B&R. Please note that all travellers must adhere to all health protocols and travel requirements at the local and national level of the countries of destination as well as B&R’s health and safety protocols.