G&T Travel Club Covid 19 Vaccination Policy as of 17 April 20222022-04-20T02:18:30+00:00

G&T Travel Club Covid 19 Vaccination Policy as of 17 April 2022

Please note: This policy will be updated as we get closer to our intended early 2023 departure dates. 

At G&T Travel Club, we believe vaccinations play an important role in saving lives and helping to keep people safe. That’s why we require everyone travelling with us to be fully vaccinated. 

COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy 

All guests are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on all of our trips.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption.

Medical Exemption requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

To apply for an exemption, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test. Please see the below section on children for further details.

Vaccination requirements 
Who is required to be vaccinated before joining a G&T Travel Club trip? 

Everyone travelling with us as a guest must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travellers are required to produce:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • All children 5 and above must provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

Are children required to be vaccinated? 

Children between 5 and 17 years of age are exempt from the mandatory vaccination policy.

To join a G&T Travel Club trip, they must provide:

  • Proof of vaccination status (for children who are eligible); or
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of your trip; or

Proof of recovery from COVID-19 (a medical clearance certificate from a medical professional)

What vaccines do you recognise?

We recognise any vaccine that has been authorised for use by the relevant national authority for COVID-19 in the country where the vaccine was administered.
This includes vaccines such as Pfizer Biontech, Oxford AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Moderna, and Covaxin.

What is required for proof of vaccination? 

A copy of your vaccination record (either paper or digital) is required.
For example,

  • Medicare COVID-19 digital certificate (AU travellers)
  • a COVID pass (UK travellers)
  • CDC vaccination record (USA travellers)
  • EU Digital COVID Pass (EU travellers)

You will be required to present this proof of vaccination at the welcome meeting on day 1 of your trip, or alternatively during your booking process.

Will my tour hosts be vaccinated? 

Yes, your hosts, Wayne and Cheryl are fully vaccinated.

Are all of your on the ground support crew vaccinated? 

Access to vaccinations is still not universally available so, at this time, some support crew may not have yet received their COVID-19 vaccine. We are confident the uptake will increase over time as vaccines become more readily available in developing countries.

Do I need to be vaccinated to fly with an airline, to enter a country, cross a border or transit through an airport or access goods and services in a country? 

You are advised to check with the relevant airlines, airports and government authorities to check each of their entry, exit and transit requirements.

Are there exemptions to the mandatory vaccination policy? 

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

Please note that those with a medical exemption are still required to produce proof of a negative test conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of their trip.

COVID-19 on trips
What happens if someone on a trip shows symptoms of COVID-19? 

If someone on your trip has symptoms of COVID-19, they will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test and return a negative test result in order to remain on the trip.
What happens if I or someone else tests positive to COVID-19 on a trip? 

If someone tests positive to COVID-19 on a trip, we will manage this as a health and safety incident.

The person who has tested positive will need to leave the trip for the health and safety of themselves and others.

They will be assisted to access further testing or medical treatment if needed and assisted to isolate or enter hotel quarantine or isolation, if required by local regulations.

We will assist with translation services, contacting insurance companies, travel agents and/or airlines as required.

The rest of the group will need to undergo COVID-19 testing and return a negative result before being able to continue on the trip.

Please be aware that in some countries, local regulations will not permit the group to continue travelling following a positive case and the trip will be cancelled.

General FAQs 
What regulations will I need to follow when travelling? 

As responsible travellers, anyone who chooses to travel with us has a duty of care to themselves and the people around them. Travellers are required to comply with local regulations and laws, as well as our own health and safety guidelines.

In addition, each destination has their own vaccination, testing and health screening requirements for entry, exit and transit. It’s important that you check these on your government’s foreign travel advice website as these may include requiring evidence of recent COVID-19 test results or vaccination.

You will also need to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for travel against government advisories.

How do I know if my trip is going ahead? 

Due to the evolving nature of travel restrictions, we generally wait until between one and two months before a trip is scheduled to depart to make a decision on whether the trip will run or not. This is in order to keep the possibility of travelling viable for any travellers who may be in a position to do so.

We notify travellers of their options at least one month before they are scheduled to depart, to allow them time to make any changes to their current arrangements. However, at times, although highly unlikely as it will be by early 2023 when we resume tours,  it may be necessary to cancel a trip at late notice should the factors listed above change.

Will there be changes made to the itinerary and inclusions of my trip due to COVID-19? 

Our operations teams are keeping up to date with local developments, including any closures or changes to visiting sights, attractions, restaurants and more. We may need to make some changes to the activities or destinations included on your trip to comply with advice from local authorities or our health and safety protocols.

We will endeavour to keep travellers updated before departure and during the trip. An open mind and sense of flexibility will help you get the most out of your trip.

Will insurance cover me for COVID-19? 

Travel insurance providers’ policies vary and many providers have some form of COVID-19 inclusions.

Will I have to wear a mask when travelling? 

Masks must be worn by all travellers throughout the trip whenever required by local health authorities.

This is a fluid situation that will change as the pandemic continues .

Masks are mandatory for travellers, hosts, crew and suppliers in any situation or destination when it is required by local government advice. In many countries, this includes (but is not limited to):

  • Public and private transport
  • Crowds or places where physical distancing is difficult
  • Indoors (particularly in places with poor ventilation)

Local laws and regulations regarding masks apply to all travellers, hosts, crew and suppliers in the destination, regardless of their vaccination status. Vaccinated travellers are not exempt from wearing masks unless this is specified in local regulations. 

We advise you to contact your airline as well as check the foreign travel advice for your destination before travelling regarding wearing masks. You will need to bring your own supply from home to cover the duration of your travels. While our hosts carry masks as part of their first aid kits, we are unable to provide masks for daily use for travellers.

COVID-19 test requirements 

We encourage you to bring your own rapid tests from home, wherever possible. You should be prepared to purchase for tests, if required. Costs for tests vary, depending on the destination.

Please ensure you have access to funds in case of this or other emergencies. A limited number of rapid tests will be available via trip hosts, but these cannot always be guaranteed.

What type of COVID-19 test do you accept? 

We accept a number of different tests:

  • Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) such as the RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HAD tests. These are typically collected by nasopharyngeal swabs.
  • Rapid antigen test. These can be either:
    1. ​ Self-administered
    2. Administered by a medical professional.

You must be able to produce a verifiable test result (paper or digital). This may be in the form of a test result, a medical certificate or a travel certificate/ “fit to fly” certificate.