How We’re Adapting Atlas Obscura Trips to COVID-19
Updated: April 7, 2023
In response to COVID-19, we have worked with the experienced team of travel-safety advisors at Global Rescue. The result is the following guide, which outlines the ways we have adapted our trip operations to protect the health and safety of our travelers, staff, and the communities we visit.
We will reassess these guidelines and make adjustments as needed. We encourage any travelers with questions regarding our policies or an upcoming trip to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about our revised booking policies, vaccination, and testing requirements, among other details, please consult Traveling with Atlas Obscura During the Covid-19 Pandemic.
What Our Team Is Doing
Our team monitors the latest news and information about COVID-19 that may impact our trips. This includes reviewing local and international requirements and guidelines, entry and exit requirements, and other policies or changes that might impact travel or your trip experience. We closely review local rules and regulations to ensure that we can continue to participate in our planned activities or similar. Should travel restrictions impact our ability to enter or exit a destination or follow our planned itinerary, we will keep group members informed.
When illness Happens
If at any point during a trip a traveler does not feel well or notices any sign of illness, our partners at Global Rescue are available to help. Our partnership with Global Rescue allows eligible guests to access remote assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Global Rescue can advise on necessary steps and precautions and can help arrange in-person local care at vetted medical facilities. Please consult pre-trip materials for more information. Certain restrictions apply.
What We Ask of Our Travelers
The overall safety and well-being of everyone involved in our trips will rely on the conscientious behavior of our travelers. We ask that all travelers join us in committing to responsible travel by actively doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements
All guests are required to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in an Atlas Obscura trip. Accepted vaccines include all that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicines Agency. These vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson/Jannsen.
COVID-19 Testing Requirements
Though increasingly rare, some destinations require visitors to be both fully vaccinated AND have proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival. This is true for some destinations even simply for transiting through a country or airport. Please click here to see the destination requirements for your particular trip if you are originating in the United States. If your travel originates from outside the United States, please refer to the appropriate embassy website for travel requirements. You’ll also want to check with your airline for the most up-to-date requirements at the time of travel.
On-trip testing may be required in certain circumstances such as when a traveler, leader, or partner exhibits symptoms. Please see Traveling with Atlas Obscura During the Covid-19 Pandemic for more detailed information.
We recommend that all travelers have the following items on hand when traveling:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, plus a photo or copy of this vaccination card
- Several face masks that cover your nose and mouth
Following On-Trip Protocols
- Follow the guidance of your trip leader, including on local (sometimes venue-specific) norms or requirements regarding masks
- Stay in, separate from the group, and contact Global Rescue or your trip leader if feeling unwell
- Communicate any questions or concerns to your trip leader(s)
Travelers should follow local guidance upon return from the trip. We also ask that travelers inform us should they become ill with COVID-19 symptoms or receive a positive test result within two weeks of your trip’s end date so we can inform other travelers (without disclosing identity) and share resources with recommendations for appropriate action.
What Our On-Trip Staff Is Doing
In addition to following the above guidelines and supporting the on-trip experience of our travelers, our trip leaders are also doing the following:
Carrying Extra Supplies
Should you lose a mask or leave your hand sanitizer in your hotel room, our leaders travel with an extra supply for the group. We recommend that you bring your own personal supply of masks, hand sanitizer, as well as anything else that will make you comfortable while traveling on a trip. Please consult the guidelines for your specific destination and airline(s), as requirements vary widely.
Helping Facilitate Healthy Trips
Our leaders support healthy behaviors by reminding travelers of health and safety best practices and modeling safe behavior throughout the trip.