Updates on Travel to Europe

Travel Confidently & with Peace of Mind

As the world begins to open up for international travel, we are starting to plan vacations for clients for 2022. At all times, however, the well-being of our guests and team members on tour will continue to be our highest priority. To that end, we will be taking significant steps to maintain a healthy environment for travel, establishing protocols for all facets of our exclusive small group tours and private tours, as outlined below.

At Travels with Audrey, we are a family. A family company of dedicated employees, guides, hoteliers, partners, and most importantly you, our guests. When you travel with us, you can rest assured that you are in good hands, as our team actively monitors the state of travel throughout Italy and Spain, while taking all necessary precautions and adaptive measures to ensure that you and those you will encounter stay healthy.  As we personally host every vacation and private tour, you will have our guidance and the highest level of care in real time during your trip. So when the time is right, we look forward to welcoming you in Europe.

And while we know that travel will look different going forward, we also want to ensure that you still will enjoy an engaging and enlightening experience, with opportunities for spontaneous activities and events. We appreciate your interest in traveling on one of our tours. Our happy clients continue to be excited about their future trips, even if they might be a little later than they had hoped for. Good things come to those who wait!

Travel Agreements

All guests traveling with Travels with Audrey will have to sign two important agreements for their land tour. By signing the Travel Well Pledge, you assume personal responsibility for your own health, to help protect the well-being of fellow travelers, the Travels with Audrey staff, our supplier partners and the places we visit. By signing the Waiver of Liability, you assume all risks in the unlikely event you are exposed to, or infected by, COVID-19.  Hard copies of these documents will be provided for your signature by your Tour Manager on the first day of your trip.

 All guests traveling to Europe with Travels with Audrey must be fully vaccinated. 

Vaccination Requirement

  • Increasingly, the places we visit across Europe including trains, museums and restaurants, are requiring all visitors to provide proof of vaccination to gain entry. Consequently, all tour guests ages 12 and over need to be fully vaccinated and to carry proof with them, such as the CDC Vaccination Record Card, to show when needed. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement.
  • We also highly recommend all guests take a PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required in order to transit through some countries, even if your layover is brief. We strongly encourage guests to check the requirements for any transit/layover destinations that will be part of your journey. However, taking a PCR test within 72 hours of travel will help ensure smooth travels.

ITALY:

Italy is open to American travelers who bring one of the following:

  • Please note Travels with Audrey requires guests to be fully vaccinated per the above.
  • American travelers must bring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in the form of the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, indicating full COVID-19 vaccination (14 days since receiving the final dose) with an EU-approved vaccine
  • All American travelers must also bring proof of a negative result from a PCR/NAAT or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Italy. These requirements apply to all travelers ages 6 and over.
  • All travelers must fill in a Passenger Locator Form at https://app.euplf.eu/#/and download the resultant digital form or app with a QR code to bring on the flight.
  • You'll need a Green Pass (your white CDC vaccination card is the equivalent) to enter restaurants, museums, and other venues in Italy. You'll also need it to board airplanes and other transportation services.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of your flight is required for entry into the US after your trip. Arrangements for this testing will be made by Travels with Audrey at an additional cost to guests.

FRANCE:

  • Please note Travels with Audrey requires guests to be fully vaccinated per the above.
  • France is open to American travelers who bring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Use the same proof as described above. Vaccination must be with an EU-approved vaccine (2 weeks since receiving the final dose of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca, or 4 weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson).
  • All travelers must fill out and bring a health declaration, which can be downloaded at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel.
  • A Pass Sanitaire (QR Code) issued by France is not a requirement. However, certain restaurants, the Eiffel Tower, museums and activities may not be possible without the pass. You can apply for the pass at https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers.
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is also valid for entry to Monaco, for those who choose this optional excursion.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of your flight is required for entry into the US after your trip. Arrangements for this testing will be made by Travels with Audrey at an additional cost to guests.

SPAIN:

  • Please note Travels with Audrey requires guests to be fully vaccinated per the above.
  • All travelers are required to be fully vaccinated and submit a Health Control Form within 48 hours prior to arrival to Spain. This form can be filled out online or downloaded at https://www.spth.gob.es/. After completing the form, an individualized QR code will be generated, which the traveler must present to the airline before boarding, as well as at the health controls upon entry to Spain.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of your flight is required for entry into the US after your trip. Arrangements for this testing will be made by Travels with Audrey at an additional cost to guests.

PORTUGAL:

  • Please note Travels with Audrey requires guests to be fully vaccinated per the above.
  • All travelers must bring proof of a negative NAAT (including RT-PCR) COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the time of departure to Portugal, or a negative antigen COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of the time of departure to Portugal. Vaccinated travelers are not exempt from Portugal's testing requirements. This result must be shown when boarding the flight to Portugal and also at the border control upon arrival.
  • All travelers must complete the Passenger Locator Card online at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card within 48 hours before travel.
  • There may be temperature checks upon arrival.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of your flight is required for entry into the US after your trip. Arrangements for this testing will be made by Travels with Audrey at an additional cost to guests.
SWITZERLAND:
  • Please note Travels with Audrey requires guests to be fully vaccinated per the above.
  • Switzerland is open to American travelers 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, indicating full COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination must be with a CDC or EU approved vaccine (14 days after receiving the final dos); or 2) Proof of a negative result from a PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Switzerland or from an antigen COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival in Switzerland.
  • Guests under the age of 16 do not have to show proof of a negative COVID test or vaccination to enter Switzerland.
  • All travelers must fill in the Entry Format https://swissplf.admin.ch/home in advance of their journey.
  • A US CDC Vaccine Record Card is now accepted in place of the Swiss COVID-19 Certificate as proof of vaccination to enter indoor dining venues and some leisure facilities in Switzerland.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of your flight is required for entry into the US after your trip. Arrangements for this testing will be made by Travels with Audrey at an additional cost to guests.

AUSTRIA:

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: Effective September 15, 2021, the UNITED STATES will be removed from Austria’s list of countries with low epidemiological risk.
  • FULLY VACCINATED persons and persons who recently recovered from COVID-19 arriving from the U.S. will continue to be allowed to enter Austria without being subject to mandatory quarantine regardless of their travel purpose. Proof of vaccination/recovery must be presented upon entry. No pre-travel-registration is necessary.
  • Please note that for Austria, the validity of vaccination ends 360 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or 270 days after a one-dose vaccine.

GERMANY:

  • Please note Travels with Audrey requires guests to be fully vaccinated per the above.
  • Germany is open to American travelers who bring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (14 days since receiving the final dose), such as the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Documentation can be either digital or printed. Children under the age of 12 years are exempt if they travel with at least one vaccinated parent.
  • All travelers from the USA must also fill out an entry form within 3 days of travel. This form can be found at www.einreiseanmeldung.de. After filling out the form you will receive a PDF confirmation, which you must bring with you to present upon check-in for your flight.
  • We highly recommend all guests take a PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required in order to transit through some countries, even if your layover is brief. We strongly encourage guests to check the requirements for any transit/layover destinations that will be part of your journey. However, taking a PCR test within 72 hours of travel will help ensure smooth travels.
  • Current COVID-19 protocols in the countries we visit may require proof of vaccination or negative test to enter some hotels, restaurants and other venues. Therefore, we recommend that you carry your vaccination card with you at all times.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of your flight is required for entry into the US after your trip. Arrangements for this testing will be made by Travels with Audrey at an additional cost to guests.

THE NETHERLANDS:

  • Please note Travels with Audrey requires guests to be fully vaccinated per the above.
  • As of September 22, the Netherlands has relaxed its entry requirements for American travelers who will now be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result for entry, without a quarantine requirement. As of September 25, the Netherlands is requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter restaurants, bars, theaters, and some other indoor public spaces. Some establishments may not accept the US CDC Vaccination Record Card as valid proof of vaccination and will only accept a digital certificate.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of your flight is required for entry into the US after your trip. Arrangements for this testing will be made by Travels with Audrey at an additional cost to guests.

CROATIA:

  • All guests must provide proof, such as the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, indicating that you are fully vaccinated and received the final required dose at least 14 days, but less than 270 days, prior to entry to Croatia.
  • Additionally, all guests must fill out a Passenger Locator Format https://entercroatia.mup.hr/ prior to their departure flight.

Small, local, well-connected mean more than ever

Many of the companies in the tour business are stating that they will limit the size of their groups and visit less crowded destinations as a reaction to Covid-19. Our company, however, has always conducted small group tours, and private tours, for groups of 4 to 12 guests, so we are already smaller than those new “smaller groups”.

In a time period when you are probably looking for a genuine, authentic, experience, our fully private guided tours are truly the most boutique in the industry. Many companies tell you that they are well-connected and then they hand off the operations of your trip to another company they pay to operate your vacation. That’s one way to operate a tour company, certainly, but it’s not the way we like to travel. Audrey, your tour leader, is a LOCAL. We only work with vendors who follow health and safety COVID-19 protocols. The hotels we book, the local guides we use, the drivers we hire – and more – are all people and organizations we have had relationships with for years.

Travel in the "new normal" - Our Safety Protocols

We are committed to following the guidelines of the State Department, CDC, WHO, and authorities of respective countries regarding travel to a particular destination.

Prior to your Tour

We strongly recommend that guests purchase a travel protection plan to protect themselves in the event they fall ill prior to the tour and need to cancel, for medical coverage while on tour, and for trip interruption should it be necessary to miss part of the tour because of illness.

Travels with Audrey requires all guests to bring a government-issued certificate indicating that you are fully vaccinated AND  proof of a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to the start of your Tour.

Airline Travel

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and most airlines are implementing their own health and safety precautions, including conducting physical distancing plans, health screenings and temperature checks prior to boarding, and mandatory face coverings. You can learn more about individual airlines’ details on their websites.

Upon Arrival at Your Destination

As Audrey personally hosts every small group tour, cultural vacation and private tour, you will have her guidance and the highest level of care in real time during your trip. The first person you’ll meet to start your trip is Audrey, your expert local leader. She makes sure everyone feels welcomed, cared for and safe. Audrey has always been responsible for keeping her guests safe and providing maximum peace of mind. During the tour, she will relay critical information regarding health and safety requirements, advise when protocols are mandatory, and help facilitate guest care through communication with appropriate parties should a guest become ill on tour.

Travels with Audrey's local suppliers share our commitment to take care of you throughout your journey. We have worked together diligently to be prepared to welcome you back when the time is right.

During your Tour: Compliance with local guidelines

While local conditions may vary based on the destination, the timing, and nature of the tour, the protocols below will be followed (with additional safety protocols implemented where necessary):

  • Guests are expected to wash and sanitize their hands frequently and adhere to supplier and government regulations regarding the use of face coverings. While supplies of face coverings, gloves and hand sanitizer will be available, guests should bring such personal items for their own comfort.
  • Where required by local and supplier regulations, we will limit guest numbers with an expanded offering of small group experiences, smaller ships, staggered activities and excursion choices to enable guests to safely enjoy their time together.
  • On tours that utilize headsets (“Whispers”), your individual headset will be thoroughly sanitized prior to the tour and sanitizer will be provided to allow for regular cleaning
  • Visits to tourist venues will be planned to assure proper distancing; your tour manager and local host will assess local conditions (and possible crowds) to adjust both time and length of visits
  • Daily vehicle cleaning. Every evening, so that each day you start your morning in a fresh clean environment, your vehicle is cleaned thoroughly using products and disinfectants that meet requirements for effectiveness against COVID-19.
  • Like you, we love hotels that are small boutique properties that are locally owned and operated. Countries around the world are requiring a new set of strict guidelines for hotels to follow. Enhanced safety measures include new safety training for all staff that complies with current safety guidelines, and cleaning regimens of public spaces throughout the hotel as well as guest rooms and suites. Our hoteliers follow the local requirements of their state and country.
  • For dining, small intimate tables have always been our preference during meals. That will continue and you can expect to have additional options as well. We are also known for memorable outdoor picnics and al fresco dining experiences, so expect a number of these during your trip.
  • Guests who develop cold or flu symptoms while on tour will be required to immediately seek professional medical care. Whether it is a pharmacy, a doctor visit, or a hospital stay, one of us is there, period. We are there to translate, to help, to communicate with family back home, and help our guest get whatever care they need. We believe to leave a guest to figure out how to deal with that kind of thing in a foreign country is unconscionable, period.

Travels with Audrey Tour Guests

In order to provide a safe travel experience for our guests, we need your help, as well. Hand hygiene, physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and monitoring your own health symptoms will go a long way toward creating a healthy environment on tour.

Before returning home from your vacation

A negative result from a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 3 days of your flight is required for entry into the US after your trip. Arrangements for this testing will be made by Travels with Audrey at an additional cost to guests.

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Travels with Audrey, LLC
Audrey De Monte

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