As Orbridge welcomes guests for upcoming small-group travel, we remain committed to continuing the safe operation of our tours. In order to promote the health and wellness of our guests, staff, and the communities we visit, we have updated our tour participation expectations regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
Orbridge Policy Regarding COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination
All tours continue to feature enhanced Health and Safety Protocols, which can be found at Orbridge.com/Wellness. Guests need to have either two doses of the Pfizer/Moderna COVID vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. These can be administered at any point as long as they are completed no less than two weeks prior to arrival on tour. COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool in ensuring that all guests are healthy when they arrive on tour. Should a guest need to explore the possibility of a medical/religious exemption, email email@example.com.
Guests are required to bring and present their CDC-issued COVID-19 vaccination card. On-site Orbridge staff will verify this requirement has been met. This policy is subject to change depending on guidance available at the time of scheduled travel.
Note that destination specific requirements may vary and must be followed by all guests in order to permit entry into the respective states and/or countries. Any destination specific requirements will be shared with guests prior to departure and are always accessible at orbridge.com/wellness.
Entry and Exit Requirements for Tour Destinations
Many countries have entry requirements for visitors related to health and safety. Visit orbridge.com/wellness for destination-specific requirements in advance of your departure. In order to ensure that all guests are in compliance with all applicable requirements, Orbridge will include any entry destination-specific requirements for their tour in the Final Documents approximately 21 days prior to departure. Pay particular attention to all destination-specific requirements, as they may stipulate other requirements be met in order to gain entry into the country/destination.
Under current CDC policy, travelers entering or returning to the U.S. (including U.S. citizens returning from abroad) are not required to get a viral COVID-19 test before their return to the U.S. Should this policy change while on tour, Orbridge ground staff will arrange for this required testing, but any associated testing costs will be the guest's responsibility.
Should you receive a positive COVID-19 test while on tour, per CDC guidance you will be expected to isolate for five days in your room/cabin and then upon returning to the tour, wear a face covering for five days. If you are sharing your room/cabin with a companion, your companion will need to have a negative COVID-19 test to continue participating in Orbridge programming and is encouraged to wear a face covering while participating in programming. Should your companion not test or receive a positive test, they will be expected to follow the isolation and masking guidelines above.
Acknowledgement of Responsibility
Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, all activities include an element of risk and responsibility. By voluntarily participating on an Orbridge tour, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Release (acknowledged at time of your tour registration) that indicates you assume responsibility for your own health, safety, and welfare; acknowledge that Orbridge cannot absolutely guarantee your safety or health; and that you release Orbridge from and assume all risk. Orbridge may, in its sole discretion and at the participant’s sole expense, remove any guest from the program, or restrict the program-related activities of any individual whose physical or mental condition may or is likely to cause a hazard to himself/herself or others, or otherwise impair the enjoyment of other program participants.
Orbridge will adhere to current guidelines and protocols in place at time of travel to promote health and wellness while on tour. However, COVID-19 is a contagious virus that is spread primarily from person to person. By participating on the tour, you are aware that you will be exposed to others during your travel journey and while on tour. Should you develop symptoms while on tour, you are required to immediately self-report those symptoms to your on-site tour staff and arrangements will be made available for COVID-19 testing should you wish. While every reasonable effort will be made to ensure the health of tour participants, including but not limited to requirements for vaccination and the adherence to on-tour wellness protocols, COVID-19 may not produce symptoms during the tour but may present after the tour. Orbridge will observe applicable local, state and tourism industry recommendations including but not limited to requiring, at the sole expense of the participant, the quarantine of any individual who presents symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19 while on tour.