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The world is reopening

These destinations are welcoming back U.S. travelers now.


Vaccination required

Costa Rica

Vaccination required


Vaccination required

Dominican Republic

Vaccination required

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Vaccination required


Vaccination required


Vaccination required


Vaccination required


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Vaccination required


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Vaccination required

United States of America

Vaccination required


Do you have vaccine requirements?

Yes, due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, all travelers must be fully vaccinated for all trips starting September 1, 2021. Full vaccination occurs two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

Do I need to get a COVID test before traveling?

EF strongly encourages all travelers to get a COVID test before traveling. Some destinations may require to enter the country. Travelers will be notified of mandatory country testing when their tour is confirmed, approximately 45 days before departure.​

What if I’m booked but not planning on being vaccinated?​

We understand that vaccination is a personal decision. EF wants you to have a choice in when and how you are comfortable traveling. Therefore, if you prefer to rebook to a later date due to current vaccination requirement, give us a call before 35 days before departure at 1-800-766-2645 and we can review all your flexible rebooking options.​

What if my trip gets postponed due to COVID?

If your trip is unexpectedly postponed due to travel restrictions or COVID safety concerns, you can reschedule to a different trip or a later date for free, or receive a future travel voucher for 100% of the money you’ve paid. We are currently notifying travelers approximately 45 days before departure if their tour is being postponed due to travel restrictions or COVID concerns.

Are you adjusting rooming or group sizes on tour?

In some cases group sizes are being adjusted based on local guidelines, vaccination requirements and other operational considerations.

Currently our standard rooming will include a maximum of three travelers per room on tours where vaccinations are not required; this may change as the situation evolves. Ultimate Plus tours always have a maximum of two travelers per room.

For details regarding a specific trip, give us a call at 1-800-766-2645 or chat with us live.

Will I need to wear a mask on tour?

We require all travelers to wear a mask on tour when required by local law, other relevant authorities, or at the direction of their Tour Director or EF staff. We are currently requiring all travelers to wear masks when on all tour buses. At this time, travelers who have been vaccinated and/or recently recovered from COVID are not exempt from wearing masks.

Do I need travel insurance?

While destinations such as Costa Rica and the Galapagos, currently require proof of international medical insurance, we believe it’s important to be protected while traveling and encourage all travelers to purchase travel insurance. That’s why we offer affordable Travel Protection, designed specifically to meet the needs of EF travelers, which can be purchased during checkout.

Please note for Costa Rica the minimum coverage required is 50,000 USD in COVID-19-related medical expenses and 2,000 USD for extended lodging expenses due to COVID-19 related illness or quarantine. Travelers who purchase their own travel insurance must bring a certificate of proof of purchase and coverage.

What other safety guidelines should I be aware of on tour?

Travelers are expected to comply with safety measures outlined in our Safe Traveler Agreement 14 days prior to departure as well as all local guidelines and regulations. See the current version of the agreement here. Our global team has worked hard to make our trips the safest way to the see the world. See how we do it here.

What else will be different about my trip?

Some aspects of your tour experience might be impacted by local restrictions such as businesses operating at reduced hours and/or reduced capacity. In some rare cases, we may need to adjust the itinerary. Restrictions and itinerary adjustments will be communicated to travelers approximately 45 days before departure.

What if I am exposed to COVID and need to quarantine/miss part of my tour?

If you are either diagnosed with COVID-19 while on tour or required to quarantine on account of COVID-19 while on tour, EF will provide or arrange for support including lodging, meals, translation services, and more at no additional cost. EF will also provide a voucher for missed time on tour.

What if I have more questions?

If you have more questions, give us a call at 1-800-766-2645 or chat live with a Trip Expert during these hours:
Monday–Thursday, 9am–7pm ET.
Friday, 9am–5:30pm ET.

We’re here to help

Questions about booking your trip? Give us a call at 1-800-766-2645 or chat live with a Trip Expert.

Monday–Thursday, 9am–7pm ET.
Friday, 9am–5:30pm ET.

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