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We look forward to welcoming you on tour soon! We understand that traveling during these times requires additional preparation and planning in order to foster a healthy and safe on-tour experience for you and others on your tour. In addition to the standard Wellness Protocols that meet or exceed CDC recommendations and international travel industry guidelines in place for all Orbridge tours, the following are what you can expect on this tour.
This page is updated as new information becomes available from local, state, and international agencies. The environment for travel is constantly evolving, and as such, it is advised that you check this page regularly to be aware of the most current information for your tour.
Tour Participation Requirement: Vaccination
We are requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 at least 14-days prior to arrival on tour. By being vaccinated, individuals can help promote the overall health and wellness of all guests, staff, and the local residents with whom we interact on this group tour. Please ensure you have a paper copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card, including any boosters, which will be verified by your on-tour travel leader. All travelers, including your Orbridge Travel Leaders, will be required to follow this protocol.
COVID-19 Testing and Entry Requirements:
To enter Italy, travelers are no longer required to present proof of having completed a COVID-19 primary vaccination series, booster dose, or a negative swab test.
Return to the United States
The CDC only requires foreign national air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a valid vaccination card to their airline prior to departure to the United States.
It is important you review your state’s COVID-19 testing requirements to determine any state-specific protocol upon your return.
Destination Specific Wellness Protocols:
Beginning October 1, 2022, masks are only required to be worn in health care facilities. The use of masks is still highly recommended indoors.
Testing for COVID-19 is at the discretion of each guest and Orbridge. Local authorities do not require testing. In Italy, if a test result is positive, guests are required to self-isolate for 5 days. Guests on tour are encouraged to wear a mask for their own protection and the protection of others, especially when in close quarters with others.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 are subjected to the following isolation measurements:
For cases that have always been asymptomatic and for those who have not shown symptoms for at least 2 days, isolation may end 5 days after the first positive test or the appearance of symptoms, regardless of whether the antigen or molecular test has been performed. For cases that have always been asymptomatic, isolation may end even before 5 days if an antigen or molecular test carried out at a health facility/pharmacy is negative.
At the end of isolation, the use of FFP2 masks is mandatory up to the tenth day from the onset of symptoms or from the first positive test (in the case of asymptomatic), and it is in any case recommended to avoid high-risk people and/or crowded environments. These precautions can be discontinued in the event of a negative antigen or molecular test.
It is highly recommended that guests purchase travel insurance that covers COVID-19 related occurrences, understand the details of COVID-specific coverage, and be prepared to make arrangements to extend your stay for longer than planned.
At the time of your tour, your Orbridge Travel Director will advise you of any local restrictions so that you can best plan your time allotted for independent exploration.
Travel to Italy | Frequently Asked Questions:
What other requirements are in place to enter Italy?
Just like here in the U.S., it is important to remember that restrictions are continually changing, so it is important to frequently visit Orbridge.com/wellness for the latest information. It is the responsibility of guests to be aware of the entry requirements in place at the time of their tour.
At the time of this update, guests entering Italy are not required to show a COVID-19 vaccination card or proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Under current policy, air passengers traveling to the United States no longer need to get tested and show the COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the U.S.
The CDC requires only foreign national air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the U.S. to show a valid vaccination card to their airline prior to departure to the U.S. The proof of vaccination can be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and include the traveler’s name, date of birth, and the vaccine product and date(s) of administration for all doses the traveler received.
In the event that you test positive for COVID-19 at any point while on tour or before returning home, guests are responsible for any costs associated with quarantine. Italy requires a mandatory quarantine of 5 days after testing positive per the Italian Health Ministry. You are required to stay in isolation for 5 days.
We encourage you to visit this online resource to help you plan for your international travels.
- Specific protocols and expectations for air travel vary by airline. Click here and scroll to the Air Travel Protocol section to learn more about airline protocols.
- Travelers must individually check in online for flights (usually beginning 24 hours prior to scheduled departure time) and follow instructions by the airlines to register the passenger information for COVID protocols and requirements of your airline. Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, masking, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. Be sure and check with your airline including transit countries before departure as rules can change. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and may be required to return to the United States.
- IMPORTANT: We ask that guests double check their passport for being valid for six months after their program return date. As applicable, apply immediately for a new or renewed passport as there are EXTREME processing delays due to COVID-19.
If you have additional questions, please contact our dedicated Guest Services team at (866) 639-0079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is up-to-date as of March 10, 2023.