Tropical Birding Tours - Covid Policies
*From May 1st 2023, Tropical Birding will no longer be operating under these policies*
However, national/state guidelines for any destination will always be adhered to, even after this deadline for the cessation of company policies has passed.
Updated 9 August 2022
All of our tour leaders have been fully vaccinated.
In order to maximize the safety of tour participants and tour leaders, all participants will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to join a Tropical Birding set-departure tour. We are currently not requiring booster shots, however we strongly recommend that all participants keep their booster doses up to date.
All Tropical Birding tour leaders and tour participants will be expected to follow current local regulations when it comes to masking. Even if local regulations do not require masking, participants are welcome to use them if they wish. You must bring your own masks from home, they will not be supplied to you, though the tour leader usually carries some spares for emergencies.
Most testing for travel requirements have been lifted. However, some destinations may still have a testing requirement, and they could be reinstated for most or all countries if new variants emerge. If a test is required, you are responsible for arranging that test and ensuring that you obtain the results in a timely fashion. Tropical Birding Tours will not make refunds if you cannot join a tour for failing to get a test, or if you cannot travel due to a positive test. Please keep that in mind during the time leading up to your departure, and consider taking typical precautions like avoiding large gatherings and masking up indoors in public places during the two weeks leading up to your trip.
It is strongly recommended that all participants joining a Tropical Birding tour have personal health insurance that covers any costs relating to Covid (or any other medical issue) as well as emergency evacuation. For some destinations, this is a requirement for entry. Please check the policy carefully to ensure it provides strong coverage and covers Covid-related expenses. Tropical Birding does not provide or arrange insurance; this is your responsibility. If you are uninsured and have a medical issue during the tour, the costs to you could be extremely high, especially if emergency evacuation is required.
COSTS RELATED TO COVID
All costs arising from any Covid-19-related issues are not included in the tour fee, and you are responsible for these. These include, but are not restricted to testing, medical fees, emergency room visits, ambulances, and transport, accommodation, and flight change fees required due to possible quarantine or other Covid-related travel interruptions.
If you are taking any critical medication, please make sure you have enough to last you for at least 14 additional days beyond the length of your tour. This is just in case a positive Covid test result at the end of your tour results in a delay in returning home.