Traveling Safely During COVID-19

Updated June 24, 2022


At GEEO, our goal is to provide educators and their guests the opportunity to see new places and experience exciting and unique adventures but to do so in a safe and responsible manner. Because COVID-19 remains a concern, we all need to be cautious and flexible. Since the summer of 2021, GEEO has been able to send nearly 400 people abroad with only about 1% of travelers reporting a COVID infection during or after their trip. We will continue to proceed carefully and adjust our plans as required to keep our travelers as safe as possible. The information below details how we intend to move forward with our programming while this pandemic is still a factor.

All GEEO participants are required to:

  1. Be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before departing and have written proof of vaccination.
  2. Comply with in-country safety requirements including testing, contact tracing, and masking.
  3. Follow your tour leader’s safety guidance once you join the GEEO group.

We also recommend that GEEO participants:

  1. Get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, if recommended by their primary healthcare professional. On 11/29/21, the CDC strengthened its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older. We encourage you to talk to your doctor and schedule your booster shot as soon as possible, as boosters have been shown to increase protection against the Omicron variant. The GEEO team strongly agrees with leading health officials’ advice to get a booster shot so we can keep ourselves and our international friends as safe as possible.
  2. Wear a high-quality mask while in public in the weeks leading up to your trip and while traveling. Your GEEO group is your “bubble” while traveling abroad, so diligently masking before and during travel is very important. You can all keep one another safe by getting vaccinated and boosted and by wearing an N95, KN95, or KF94 mask in public settings. It’s a good idea to have at least one clean mask per day of travel. Our team enjoys ordering from Bonafide Masks. If you prefer an American-made mask, see Project N95.
  3. Stay informed about the pandemic through science-based sources such as Your Local Epidemiologist, Our World in Data, and the CDC.
  4. But also take breaks from the news and worrying about the pandemic to do something that fulfills you. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health!

We will determine which trips are possible to run using these parameters:

  1. Is it safe for our vaccinated travelers to travel to the location? This mostly comes down to the abundance of COVID-19 variants, the intensity of spread, health system capacity issues, and the vaccination rate in that location. Our team monitors updates from the CDC, receives up-to-date information from our international partners on the ground, and notifies our travelers of COVID-related requirements as their departure dates approach.
  2. Are there entry or quarantine restrictions that would make it difficult or impossible to travel to the location for leisure travel? We keep track of all entry and exit requirements for each program and help our participants navigate travel in this “new normal.” Scroll down to find the relevant embassy websites with entry information for our current programs.
  3. Do we have at least six travelers who are vaccinated and committed to travel on this program? Let’s go, then!

Testing in the US and Abroad

  • Before traveling: There are still a handful of countries that require a negative COVID-19 test to enter. Scroll down to find the relevant US Embassy websites with entry information for our current programs. GEEO will also send you trip-specific requirements in the weeks leading up to your departure.
  • During travel: American no longer need to test for COVID in order to travel back to the US. If this rule changes, our guides will arrange for our travelers to get tested locally at their own expense.
  • After travel: The CDC recommends that all travelers get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after travel. If you test positive upon your return home and are willing to inform GEEO, we kindly request that you tell us so that we can anonymously share that someone in the group tested positive. This contact tracing will help our travelers further reduce the spread of the virus upon their return home.

Postponing Your Trip

It is OK if you change your mind about traveling between the time of booking and 61 days before departure. You can cancel your booking, and your deposit will be put on file for future use. Cancelations 60 days or closer to departure will follow our regular cancelation policy. If we charge the final payment for a program but then need to suspend that program due to changing circumstances, those funds will not be refunded. Instead, those funds would be held as a travel credit and can be used towards future travel within the following 24 months.

New G Adventures Health and Safety Procedures

Our tour operator partner G Adventures has implemented new health and safety procedures that aim to keep you safe from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as we continue to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won’t change is our commitment to keeping you safe as you explore our big, beautiful world.

The new policies are built around five pillars:

Smaller is better
Our groups have always been small (on average 12 travelers) to encourage connections, access places overlooked by larger groups, and give travelers plenty of personal space — even before physical distancing. We will continue to foster connections with newly created measures to keep everyone safe.

Our Tour Leaders
Our tour leaders are responsible for our travelers having the time of their lives, which includes keeping them safe and happy. With local knowledge, 24/7 support from our field staff around the globe, and new health and safety training, our tour leaders will continue to do everything they can to ensure that our travelers enjoy their adventure in whatever way makes them most comfortable.

Getting around
Whether on the road or the high seas, our private vehicles and boats will now feature daily assigned seating and undergo daily deep cleaning of all surfaces.  We will replace public transport on our itineraries with private transport when possible.

Sleep soundly
We have always selected our accommodation partners carefully, and now we are working with them to create new procedures to further protect our travelers’ health and safety. Because we travel in small groups, we stay at smaller hotels — which means fewer guests. Not only does this give travelers the opportunity to spend quality time together (with appropriate distancing), but they’ll come in contact with fewer people, too.

Good (and safe) eats
Food is half the reason we travel (let alone leave the house), so we know how crucial it is that our travelers feel safe whenever we stop for a meal. We will continue to only include eating experiences on tour where good hygiene is maintained and physical distancing can now be practiced.

The GEEO staff and board are committed to continuing to help teachers travel and bring the world to their classrooms for many years to come. Global education and compassion for our neighbors around the world are more important than ever, and we’re grateful for your dedication to our mission.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all navigate this changing world. Feel free to reach out by email or call us at 1-877-600-0105 with any questions.

COVID-19 Information from United States Embassies Abroad: 2022 Program Destinations

Program Name Countries Visited U.S. Embassy COVID-19 Information
Spring 2022
Hiking the Azores 3/12/2022 Portugal
Northern Sicily Italy
Jordan 4/9/2022 w/ UNC-Duke Jordan
Costa Rica 4/16/2022 Costa Rica
Summer 2022
Jordan 6/24/2022 Jordan
Central Europe 6/26/2022 Germany
Czech Republic
Egypt 6/26/2022 Egypt
Galapagos 6/26/2022 Ecuador
Iceland Iceland
Tanzania 6/28/2022 Tanzania
Scotland For Families 6/29/2022 United Kingdom
Vietnam/Cambodia Vietnam
Heart of the Silk Road 7/2/22 w/ UPenn Uzbekistan
Kyrgyz Republic
Israel Israel
Peru Peru
Portugal 7/8/2022 Portugal
Alaska United States (Alaska)
Balkans Hungary
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Southern Africa Zimbabwe
South Africa
Budapest to Bulgaria Hungary
Jordan 7/10/2022 Jordan
Armenia and Georgia 7/15/2022 Armenia
Morocco 7/15/2022 w U Michigan Morocco
Bangkok to Hanoi Thailand
Costa Rica 7/16/2022 Costa Rica
Ireland w/ UT Austin Ireland
Moorish Spain 7/16/2022 w/ UT Austin Spain
Greece Greece
Turkey Turkey
Maldives 7/19/2022 w/ UT Austin Maldives
Baltics 7/24/2022 Lithuania
Galapagos 7/24/2022 Ecuador
Scotland 7/24/2022 United Kingdom
India and Nepal 7/28/2022 w/ UW-Madison India
Egypt 7/31/2022 w/ Portland State Egypt
Winter 2022
W Trek Chile
Egypt 12/18/2022 Egypt
Turkey 12/18/2022 Turkey
Portugal 12/18/2022 Portugal
Iceland 12/19/2022 Iceland
Peru 12/21/2022 Peru
Tanzania 12/21/2022 Tanzania
Caribbean Colombia Colombia
Chile and Argentina Chile
Hiking in Madeira Portugal
Belize and Tikal Belize
Galapagos Islands 12/25/2022 Ecuador
Iceland 12/26/2022 Iceland
Moorish Spain 12/26/2022 Spain
Egypt with LW5S Egypt
Peru Family Peru