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To ensure your journey is smooth and to help you prepare for your trip, we've compiled important information about your destination(s). Entry requirements listed are for US citizens and are subject to change; requirements may vary for travelers from other countries. Stay up to date on entry information via travel.state.gov and cdc.gov or your local consulate.

A valid passport is required for international travel for all US citizens. Check the expiration date and physical condition of your passport and verify travel document requirements with the consulates of each country you plan to visit. For most destinations, passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond travel dates. You cannot travel on a passport you have previously declared as lost or stolen even if you subsequently locate it. Passports issued to minors under the age of 16 are set to expire every 5 years. 

Additional entry requirements and regulations are organized by destination below. While select destinations have specific medical requirements, consulting with your doctor about any additional health concerns prior to traveling is always advised.

Canada | Europe | Latin America | Africa | Asia & the Pacific | The Middle East | Antarctica

Please remember that it's your responsibility to make sure you have all the necessary and valid travel documents required by your destination. Happy travels! 
 

CANADA

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Visa: No visa required for stays under 180 days. 

Passport: US citizens must have a valid passport for air travel to Canada. Blank page requirements: one.

Vaccination: None

Please be aware that you are personally responsible for your own admittance to and exit from Canada. They are strict with some of their policies, for instance, possible denial of entry due to past DUIs. To ensure you have the most current information on entry eligibility requirements, visit canada.ca.

Last updated 3/26/24

 

EUROPE

Starting in summer 2025 (date TBA), travelers from the US and other visa-exempt nationals will be required to register with the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to enter 30 countries in Europe. Not required for travel to the United Kingdom. Learn more here

Austria

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Austria; must be valid for 90 days beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area (180 days recommended). Blank page requirements: two pages for entry stamp.

Vaccination: None. If you're traveling on an Active River Cruise, please note that AmaWaterways is no longer requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination to board their ships.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Austria (www.austria.org). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Belgium

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Belgium; must be valid for at least 90 days beyond planned date of departure from the Schengen area. The 12-page U.S. emergency passport is not accepted by Dutch/Belgian authorities for visa-free entry into the Netherlands. Blank page requirements: two pages minimum required for entry stamp.

Vaccination: None. If you're traveling on an Active River Cruise, please note that AmaWaterways is no longer requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination to board their ships.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Belgium (unitedstates.diplomatie.belgium.be/en).

Last updated 3/26/24

Croatia

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Croatia; must be valid for 90 days after planned date of departure. Blank page requirements: one page for entry stamp.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia (us.mvep.hr).

Last updated 3/26/24

Czech Republic

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to the Czech Republic; must be valid for 180 days beyond your planned date of departure. Blank page requirements: two pages required.

Vaccination: None. If you're traveling on an Active River Cruise, please note that AmaWaterways is no longer requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination to board their ships.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of the Czech Republic (www.mzv.cz/washington).

Last updated 3/26/24

Denmark

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Denmark; validity of at least 180 days beyond your period of stay is strongly recommended. Blank page requirements: at least one. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Danish Consulate nearest you (usa.um.dk).

Last updated 3/26/24

England

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 180 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to the UK; must be valid for the duration of your stay. Blank page requirements: at least one. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the British Consulate nearest you (www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-washington). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Finland

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 180 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Finland; validity of at least 180 days beyond your period of stay is strongly recommended. Blank page requirements: at least two pages per stamp. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Finnish Consulate nearest you (finlandabroad.fi/web/usa/frontpage). 

Last updated 3/26/24

France

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to France; must be valid at least three months beyond date of departure from the Schengen area. The 12-page US emergency passport is not valid for visa-free entry into France. Blank page requirements: at least one blank page for stamps. 

Vaccination: None. If you're traveling on an Active River Cruise, please note that AmaWaterways is no longer requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination to board their ships.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the French Embassy in Washington, DC, at 202-944-6000, or the nearest consulate (visit info-france-usa.org). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Germany

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Germany; must be valid 90 days beyond planned date of departure from the Schengen area including transit (strictly enforced). Blank page requirements: two pages.

Vaccination: None. If you're traveling on an Active River Cruise, please note that AmaWaterways is no longer requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination to board their ships.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the German consulate nearest you (www.germany.info).

Last updated 3/26/24

Greece

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Greece; six months validity beyond travel dates is recommended. Blank page requirements: one blank page per stamp.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Greece (www.mfa.gr; 202-939-1300) or your nearest Greek consulate.

Last updated 3/26/24

Iceland

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Iceland; must be valid for at least 90 days (180 days recommended) beyond the date you plan to depart from Iceland. Blank page requirements: two pages for entry stamp.

Vaccination: None

If you're traveling on an Active Ocean Cruise, please note Ponant requires that guests provide a completed Passenger Fitness agreement. Please print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you on Day 1 of your Backroads trip to make the embarkation process as smooth as possible. 

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Iceland (www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/us/wdc).

Last updated 3/26/24

Ireland

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Ireland; must be valid for the duration of your stay. Blank page requirements: must have at least one blank page.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Ireland (www.embassyofireland.org) or your nearest Irish consulate.

Last updated 3/26/24

Italy

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Italy; three months validity beyond beyond date of departure from the Schengen area is required (six months recommended). Blank page requirements: two pages. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Italian Consulate nearest you or visit www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it

Last updated 3/26/24

Montenegro

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Montenegro; must be valid for 90 days after planned date of departure. Blank page requirements: one page per entry stamp.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Montenegro (www.mvpei.gov.me).

Last updated 3/26/24

Netherlands

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to the Netherlands; must be valid for at least 90 days beyond planned date of departure from the Schengen area. The 12-page U.S. emergency passport is not accepted by Dutch/Belgian authorities for visa-free entry into the Netherlands. Blank page requirements: two pages minimum required for entry stamp.

Vaccination: None. If you're traveling on an Active River Cruise, please note that AmaWaterways is no longer requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination to board their ships.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of the Netherlands (www.netherlandsandyou.nl).

Last updated 3/26/24

Norway

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Norway; validity of 180 days beyond travel dates is recommended. Blank page requirements: two pages.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Norway (www.norway.org) or the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (www.udi.no). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Poland

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Poland; must be valid for 90 days (180 days recommended) beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Blank page requirements: one page required per entry stamp. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Polish consulate nearest you (www.waszyngton.msz.gov.pl). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Portugal

Visa: A visa is not required for stays in the Schengen area under 90 days and within a 180-day period. A new period begins after a 90-day absence from the Schengen area.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Portugal; must be valid 90 days beyond date of intended departure. Blank page requirements: two pages.

Vaccination: None. If you're traveling on an Active River Cruise, please note that AmaWaterways is no longer requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination to board their ships.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Portugal (www.washingtondc.embaixadaportugal.mne.gov.pt/en/; 202-332-3007) or your nearest consulate. 

Last updated 3/26/24

Scotland

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 180 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to the UK; must be valid for the duration of your stay. Blank page requirements: at least one. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the British Consulate nearest you (www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-washington). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Slovakia

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Slovakia; must be valid for 180 days beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Blank page requirements: one page required per entry stamp. 

Vaccination: None. If you're traveling on an Active River Cruise, please note that AmaWaterways is no longer requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination to board their ships.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Slovakian consulate (www.mzv.sk/web/washington-en). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Slovenia

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the region less than 90 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Slovenia; validity of at least 90 days beyond travel dates (180 days recommended). Blank page requirements: one page.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Republic of Slovenia Embassy (www.washington.embassy.si).

Last updated 3/26/24

Spain

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. Return ticket required. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Spain; must be valid for 90 days beyond date of intended departure (180 days recommended). Blank page requirements: one page per entry stamp.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Spain (www.spainemb.org; 202-728-2361) or your nearest consulate. 

Last updated 3/26/24

Sweden

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Sweden; must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the period of stay. Blank page requirements: space for entry/exit stamps.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information contact travel.state.gov or contact the Swedish Consulate nearest you (www.swedenabroad.com).

Last updated 3/26/24

Switzerland

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Switzerland; must be valid 180 days after your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Blank page requirements: one page. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Switzerland (www.swissemb.org).

Last updated 3/26/24

Turkey

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Turkey; must be valid 180 days after your planned date of entry. Blank page requirements: one page. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Turkey (https://washington-emb.mfa.gov.tr/Mission/Contact).

Last updated 3/26/24

Wales

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 180 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to the UK; must be valid for the duration of your stay. Blank page requirements: at least one. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the British Consulate nearest you (www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-washington). 

Last updated 3/26/24

 

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina

Visa: A visa is not required for stays of 90 days or less. 

Passport: A valid passport is required; must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Blank page requirements: one page required for entry stamp. 

Vaccination: None. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Last updated 3/26/24

Belize

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens provided you are staying in the country less than 30 days, but you must have an onward or return air ticket.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Belize. Blank page requirements: one blank page per entry stamp. 

Vaccination: None. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov.

Last updated 3/26/24

Chile

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Chile; must be valid for the duration of stay. Blank page requirements: one page minimum for immigration entry stamp. 

Vaccination: Chile requires either proof of vaccination against COVID-19 OR a negative PCR test, taken within 48 hours of your last point of departure before entering Chile. Minors under the age of 18 are exempt from COVID-19-related requirements. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For those on our Chile Patagonia & Fjords Cruise Walking & Hiking Tour, our ship operator, Australis, requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 upon boarding.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Chilean Consulate nearest you (www.chile.gob.cl/en/consulados). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Colombia

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Colombia; must be valid at time of entry and for duration of stay. Blank page requirements: one page for entry stamp unless enrolled in Migracion Automatica. 

Vaccination: None. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

To make entry into Colombia more expedient, you can pre-load required information online with CheckMig: https://apps.migracioncolombia.gov.co/pre-registro/en.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov.

Last updated 3/26/24

Costa Rica

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 180 days. Proof of return ticket required. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Costa Rica; must be valid for length of stay. Blank page requirements: one page per entry stamp.

Visa: None. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Costa Rican embassy (www.costarica-embassy.org). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Cuba

Visa & Other Entry Requirements: 

Certification of Travel: You should have received this form from us after booking your trip. You are required to return this document to Backroads prior to your departure.

Tourist Card: You'll purchase your Tourist Card/Visa the same day of travel directly through your airline, typically at the departure gate for your connecting flight to Cuba. Visa cost will be $85-$100 USD. Reminder: you are traveling under the “Support to the Cuban People” License.

D’Viajeros Online Form (https://www.dviajeros.mitrans.gob.cu/inicio): Must be completed before departure. D’Viajeros Portal is available in Spanish and English; you can toggle to English in the upper right-hand corner, at which point you’ll click "Form Request" to complete the simple form. Note: For "Place of Accommodation," this is the location of your first night. You may use the "Hotel" dropdown, or select "House or Room for Rent" if you are staying at a Casa Particular or Airbnb. Once the form is completed, you must save the QR code on your phone (or print it out) so that you’re ready to present it upon arriving in Cuba. Don't count on an email, even if the page prompts you that one will be sent.

Insurance: Visitors entering Cuba must have health insurance with coverage in the country. US airlines that fly directly to Cuba include this travel medical insurance in the cost of the airline ticket. Your boarding pass serves as proof of insurance, which is typically valid for 30 days.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Cuba; must be valid for 180 days beyond your entry date into Cuba. Blank page requirements: at least two. 

If you are a non-US citizen participating on our Backroads Support for the Cuban People trip, you must transit through the United States before your trip to Cuba in order to be subject to US jurisdiction. You must also carry with you all necessary documentation to enter or re-enter the United States (visa, green card, ESTA visa, etc.) and any documents for onward travel to a third country after Cuba (e.g., Mexico, the Bahamas, Canada).

Vaccination: None. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned of mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue and Zika, in some regions surrounding Cuba. For more specific information on health precautions for travel in Cuba, consult your doctor, the Cuban Embassy, or the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

Additional Info:

Currency: The local CUP (Cuban peso) has experienced huge inflation in recent years; it's therefore recommended to use euros, Canadian dollars (CAD), or USD when paying directly. US bank cards are not accepted in Cuba – $150 USD per day (or equivalent) is recommended as backup cash before/after your Backroads trip. If you prefer to carry local currency, you may exchange your currency into CUP at airports or hotels, but be aware that you cannot exchange CUP back into other currencies. Once you have it, you’ll want to spend it!

App Store Access: All apps you intend to use in Cuba (including the Backroads navigation app, which you’ll receive access to via email about one week before your trip) must be downloaded before departing the United States. The Apple App Store is not available in Cuba.

Drinking Water: Tap water is not drinkable in Cuba and bottled water can be hard to find. Of course we’ll ensure you’re well-watered, but if you already own a water filter bottle like a Grayl Geopress Water Purifier or a LifeStraw, feel free to bring it to reduce waste.

Local donations: If you think you might be interested in bringing material donations for locals you meet in Cuba, review the “Gifts” section of your Travel Planner. While this is absolutely not a requirement, we always hear regrets from guests who didn’t consider it in advance.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov.

Last updated 3/26/24

Ecuador

Visa: A visa is not required, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. However, proof of onward travel for the full duration of your time in Ecuador is required for US citizens. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Ecuador; must be valid 180 days beyond travel dates. Blank page requirements: one page per stamp. 

Vaccination: None. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Additional Info: Ecuador's Revenue Service has currency restrictions that result in a 5% tax on cash on hand upon exiting the country if held in the amount of $1,200 or more. 

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Ecuador (www.ecuador.org) or the nearest consulate.

Last updated 3/26/24

Guatemala

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days, but you must have an onward or return air ticket.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Guatemala. Your passport must be valid for 180 days beyond your departure date. Blank page requirements: one blank page per entry stamp. 

Vaccination: Guatemala is not requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for travelers entering the country by plane. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the US Embassy of Guatemala (https://gt.usembassy.gov/contact/).  

Last updated 3/26/24

Peru

Visa: Tourist visas are required for US citizens; they're free and provided at the port of entry.  

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Peru; must be valid 180 days beyond travel dates. Blank page requirements: one page per stamp. 

Vaccination: None. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Peru in Washington, DC (www.embassyofperu.org). 

Last updated 3/26/24

 

AFRICA

Morocco

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Morocco; must be valid for 180 days beyond travel dates. Blank page requirements: one page for entry stamp.

Vaccination: None. For travel to this region, we recommend you check with your doctor before traveling overseas to make sure that your vaccinations, such as those for typhoid and tetanus, are up to date. 

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Consulate General of Morocco in New York (www.moroccanconsulate.com; 212-758-2625). 

Last updated 3/26/24

Namibia, Botswana & Zambia

Visa: Visas are not required for Namibia and Botswana provided you are staying in either country less than 90 days. A visa is required for US citizens traveling to Zambia and can be obtained upon your entry into the country. The fee for a single-entry tourist visa is $50 USD cash (be sure to bring newer bills in excellent condition). Your Backroads Trip includes a visit to Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe visas are required and will be obtained as a group upon our entry into the country (Backroads covers this cost). 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Namibia, Botswana and Zambia; must be valid for 6 months or more beyond travel dates. Blank page requirements: at least six blank (unstamped) visa pages in your passport to accommodate your travel visas and to satisfy the entry requirements of the countries we visit. These blank pages exclude pages in your passport reserved for endorsements and amendments. You also may need to present proof of onward travel—a printout of your round-trip airline ticket back to your home country is sufficient. To facilitate the processing of your internal flights, please visit your Backroads Account to enter your passport information.

Vaccination: Malaria is present on Day 3 onward on this trip. We strongly recommend talking with your doctor about taking preventive drugs to avoid a malarial infection; visit www.cdc.gov/parasites/malaria/index.html to learn more. It's a good idea to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations before traveling overseas.

Please note that Sanctuary Lodges requires all travelers to follow their Fitness to Travel guidelines, as noted here: https://sanctuaryretreats.com/customer-booking-terms-conditions.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov.

Last updated 3/26/24

South Africa & Botswana

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in either country less than 90 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to South Africa and Botswana; must be valid 30 days beyond intended date of exit from South Africa. Blank page requirements: at least three unstamped visa pages. These blank pages exclude pages in your passport reserved for endorsements and amendments. To facilitate the processing of your internal flights, please visit your Backroads Account to enter your passport information.

Important note to adults traveling with children: For children under 18, in addition to a passport, an original, unabridged, or certified copy of the child's full birth certificate is now required for travel to South Africa and Botswana. Children who are traveling with only one parent, or who are unaccompanied by either parent, must carry an affidavit of consent executed by the non-accompanying parent(s). The affidavit must not be older than 3 months from the date of travel. There are additional requirements for legal guardians who are not the child's biological parent(s) stated on the birth certificate. For further information and affidavit forms, visit the "Immigration" section at www.dha.gov.za. If you are not in possession of an original birth certificate or certified copy, information on how to obtain one can be found at www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm. You may find helpful information about obtaining passports for minors on the US State Department's website: travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.

Vaccination: Our trip includes time spent in Botswana and the Mpumalanga lowveld, which are both malarial zones. We strongly recommend that you take preventive drugs to avoid a malarial infection. Insect repellent with DEET is provided complimentary at our lodges on Days 3-10.  It's a good idea to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations before traveling overseas.

Check the latest entry requirements with the nearest embassy or consulate before leaving for your trip. For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C. at 202-232-4400 (www.saembassy.org) and the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana in Washington, D.C., at 202-244-4990 (www.botswanaembassy.org). There are also honorary consuls in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. 

Last updated 3/26/24

Tanzania

Visa: A valid passport and visa are required for travel to Tanzania. Although US citizens may obtain a visa at Arusha Airport upon arrival, we recommend securing your visa before your trip. Visit tanzaniaembassy-us.org to download an application form to see up-to-date instructions. You'll need to mail in your passport (with at least two blank pages and valid for six months past your travel date), two recent passport-size photos, your round-trip flight itinerary and a $100 application fee (payable by major credit card on a downloadable form). As processing times are not guaranteed, be sure to apply well in advance of your trip. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Tanzania; must be valid for 6 months or more at time of entry. Blank page requirements: at least one page for entry visa. To facilitate the processing of your internal flights, please visit your Backroads account to enter your passport information.

Vaccination: Nearly all of Tanzania is considered a malarial zone. We strongly recommend talking with your doctor about taking preventive drugs to avoid a malarial infection; visit www.cdc.gov/parasites/malaria/index.html. It's a good idea to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations before traveling overseas.

Please note that Sanctuary Lodges requires all travelers to follow their Fitness to Travel guidelines, as noted here: https://sanctuaryretreats.com/customer-booking-terms-conditions.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Tanzanian Embassy nearest you or visiting tanzaniaembassy-us.org

Last updated 3/26/24

 

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Bali (Indonesia)

Visa: US passport holders can obtain a 30-day tourist stamp upon entry to Indonesia at no charge. If you hold a passport from another country, visit kemlu.go.id/washington/en or call 202-775-5200 to see if you're eligible for a tourist stamp or if you must obtain a visa.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Indonesia; must be valid for at least six months after your arrival date in the country and proof of onward travel are necessary for US citizens. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly. You may not be allowed through immigration if the names are not identical. Blank page requirements: two blank pages for entry stamp. 

Vaccination: Please note that you may be required to complete a Bali Ministry of Health declaration form upon arrival. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the US Embassy of Guatemala (https://gt.usembassy.gov/contact/).  

Last updated 3/26/24

Bhutan

Visa: Required; Backroads will arrange Bhutan visas on your behalf. To facilitate the processing of your visa, we will be emailing you a secure link to upload the required documents, including a high-resolution scan/photo of your passport and a passport-style photo. The visa will be waiting for you upon your arrival in Paro. Please note that in its efforts to modernize quickly and improve security, Bhutan is known to change its visa application requirements frequently and with little advance notice. The Bhutanese government recently began implementing new visa application procedures. The name on the airline ticket that we purchase for you and the Bhutanese visa we arrange for you must match the name on your passport exactly, including middle names/initials. You may not be allowed to board the plane or enter Bhutan if the names are not identical.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Bhutan; must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel dates. Blank page requirements: one page for entry stamp. 

Vaccination: Proof of health insurance covering COVID-19 may be required. For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov

Last updated 3/26/24

Cambodia

Visa: A visa is required for US citizens traveling to Cambodia. Backroads secures your Cambodian visa and pays the visa fee. To enter Cambodia, you will need to show a valid passport (see requirements). To facilitate the processing of your Cambodian visa and internal flights, please visit your Backroads Account to enter your passport information. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Cambodia; must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly. You may not be allowed through Immigration if the names are not identical. Blank page requirements: at least one per country. If your Backroads trip includes travel in Laos, please ensure you have four full blank pages (two for Laos; one each for Cambodia and Vietnam).

Vaccination: For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Cambodian embassy: www.embassyofcambodia.org; 202-726-7742.

Last updated 3/26/24

India

Visa: A tourist visa is required for entry to India (either a paper visa, valid for 10 years for US citizens, or an e-tourist visa). US citizens can apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) that allows for a single-entry tourist visa upon arrival at nine approved international airports in India: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa.

Visit indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html to fill out an application no less than 5 days and no more than 30 days before your arrival. After submitting the required documentation and fee, you'll be emailed an ETA within 3–5 business days. Present your ETA and passport at the immigration counter at the airport to obtain your visa.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to India; must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your entry date and at least 3 months beyond your departure date from India. You may be refused entry into India if your passport expires before those dates. Blank page requirements: two pages.  

Vaccination: For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Rules and regulations change regularly in India. For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of India (www.indianembassy.org; 202-939-7000) or the nearest Indian consulate. 

Last updated 3/26/24

Japan

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Japan; must be valid for the duration of stay. Blank page requirements: one page for entry stamp.

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Japanese Consulate nearest you or visit www.us.emb-japan.go.jp

Last updated 3/26/24

Laos

Visa: A visa is required for all visitors to Laos. Although visas for Laos can be acquired at the airport upon arrival into the country, we strongly recommend obtaining an evisa prior to your trip. Visit laoevisa.gov.la/index to apply, which will include uploading documents, photos and a fee. You will be emailed an approval letter in approximately 3 business days. Upon your arrival in Laos, proceed to the evisa immigration line and present your approval letter along with your passport.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Laos; must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly. You may not be allowed through Immigration if the names are not identical. Blank page requirements: four full pages (two for Laos; one each for Vietnam and Cambodia). 

Vaccination: For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Laotian embassy: www.laoembassy.com; 202-332-6416.

Last updated 3/26/24

Nepal

Visa: A valid passport and tourist visa are required for travel by US citizens to Nepal. To apply for a tourist visa, go to us.nepalembassy.gov.np/tourist-visa or visit your nearest Nepalese Consulate. On your visa application, use "Dwarika's Hotel, Battisputali Road, Kathmandu" as your address in Nepal. Note that while it's possible to acquire a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport (provided you bring a recent passport photo) the process is time-consuming and cumbersome; we strongly recommend you obtain your visa before your trip.

Backroads facilitates the processing of required trekking permits and will email you for required details, including a high-resolution scan/photo of your passport information page as well as a passport-style photo. Must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the start of your trip. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Nepal; must be valid for six months or more at time of entry. Blank page requirements: at least one full page for entry visa.

Vaccination: For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Nepal (us.nepalembassy.gov.np).

Last updated 3/26/24

New Zealand

Visa: A valid passport and New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) are required for travel to New Zealand. You must obtain a NZeTA before traveling to the country. The NZeTA online application form takes just minutes to complete. Although most applications are processed in as little as 1 business day, some may take up to 3 business days. Once approved, the NZeTA is sent to you electronically and is valid for multiple visits and up to 2 years. Requesting an NZeTA costs approximately $6 ($9 NZD) through the app or $8 ($12 NZD) if you use the online form. To apply, visit nzeta.immigration.govt.nz. International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL): Visitors from most countries—including the US—entering New Zealand will be charged a levy of approximately $23 ($35 NZD), which directly contributes to help protect the natural environment you enjoy and the infrastructure you use while in the country. This will be collected alongside your NZeTA fee. For more information on the NZeTA and IVL, visit the New Zealand Immigration website at www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to New Zealand; must be valid for 90 days beyond the planned date of departure from New Zealand. Blank page requirements: one page for entry stamp.

Vaccination: None. November (springtime in New Zealand) is hay fever season. If you have allergies, be sure to bring medication.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of New Zealand in Washington, DC, at 202-328-4800, or visit www.nzembassy.com.

Last updated 3/26/24

Tahiti (French Polynesia)

Visa: A visa is not required for stays of 90 days or less. 

Passport: A valid passport is required; must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. Blank page requirements: one page required for entry stamp. 

Vaccination: None. please note the Paul Gaugin requires that guests provide a completed Passenger Fitness agreement. Please print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you on Day 1 of your Backroads trip to make the embarkation process as smooth as possible. 

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov.  

Last updated 3/26/24

Tasmania (Australia)

Visa: Travelers must have an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which is available to most US passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism for less than 90 days. Visit Australia's Department of Home Affairs for more information and to apply. Please be aware that processing times vary and can often take longer than a full month. 

Passport: A valid passport is required. Blank page requirements: one page required for entry stamp. 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov.

Last updated 3/26/24

Thailand

Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens, provided you are staying in the country less than 30 days. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Thailand; must be valid for 6 months or more at time of entry. Blank page requirements: at least one page per stamp.

Vaccination: For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC (202-944-3600; www.thaiembdc.org) or the Thai consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York City.

Last updated 3/26/24

Vietnam

Visa: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam. The visa process for US citizens traveling to Vietnam continues to develop in an effort to provide travelers additional avenues for obtaining visas prior to their visit. Please consider your pre- and post-travel plans and apply for the visa type best for you. (Please note that if you are planning to return to Vietnam immediately after your Backroads trip ends, you will need to obtain a multiple-entry visa for your return.)

eVisa: This is the most limited visa process, available for 30-day single-entry stays and have restricted entry points. You can also apply for multiple entry visas. You can apply for the e-visa through Vietnam National Web Portal on Immigration here: evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. You will need a recent color passport size photo in digital format and $25 USD (non-refundable). Applications usually take up to 2 weeks for processing (note the website lists 3-5 days). For a small fee, ny.guyen@trailsofindochina.com can assist with e-visa applications. 

Visa Services are available to facilitate; we recommend Visa Central (www.visacentral.com/backroads; 877-535-0688).

You may also be asked for proof of onward travel from Vietnam. If you are traveling with Backroads to Vietnam and Cambodia, you will not yet have your Backroads-procured ticket to Cambodia at time of entry. We suggest bringing a printed copy of your Backroads Travel Planner as proof. We also suggest traveling with a copy of your flight information for your onward travel from Cambodia as further proof.

If you are traveling with Backroads to Laos, an additional visa will be required. Please see destination-specific details for more information.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Vietnam; must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly. You may not be allowed through Immigration if the names are not identical. Blank page requirements: at least one. If your Backroads trip includes travel to Cambodia and/or Laos, please ensure you have up to four blank pages (one each for Vietnam and Cambodia; two for Laos). 

Vaccination: For travel to this region, we highly recommended checking with your doctor before traveling overseas. For more information about recommended vaccines and precautions, visit the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Vietnamese embassy: www.vietnamembassy-usa.org; 202-861-0737.

Last updated 3/26/24

 

THE MIDDLE EAST

Israel

With the safety of our guests and leaders in mind, we are not currently offering trips in Israel. 

Visa: A visa is not required for US or Canadian citizens staying in Israel for less than 90 days; citizens of other countries can visit the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs website (www.mfa.gov.il) for a list of non-exempt countries.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Israel; must be valid for 6 months past your departure date from Israel. An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required for entry to Israel. Blank page requirements: one page (note that passports are normally not stamped upon entry). 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, at (embassies.gov.il/washington; 202-364-5500) or the Israeli consulate in your region. 

Last updated 3/26/24

Jordan

With the safety of our guests and leaders in mind, we are not currently offering trips in Israel or Jordan. 

Visa: A visa is required for entry to Jordan and can be obtained upon arrival at the international airport in Amman. Before going through immigration/passport control, US citizens can obtain a single-entry visa (valid for 30 days) for 40 Jordanian dinars (approximately $56); no prior arrangements are needed and credit card payment is accepted. A visa is not required for US or Canadian citizens staying in Israel for less than 90 days; citizens of other countries can visit the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs website (www.mfa.gov.il) for a list of non-exempt countries.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Israel and Jordan; must be valid for 6 months past your departure date from the region. An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required for entry to Israel. Blank page requirements: two pages (note that passports are normally not stamped upon entry to Israel). 

Vaccination: None

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov or contact the Embassy of Jordan (www.jordanembassyus.org; 202-966-2664) or the Embassy of Israel (embassies.gov.il/washington; 202-364-5500) in Washington, DC, or the Jordanian/Israeli consulates in your region. 

Last updated 3/26/24

 

ANTARCTICA

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Visa: A visa is not required for US citizens entering Antarctica but may be required by transit countries. 

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Antarctica; transit countries may have additional requirements.

Vaccine: None. Please note that a Passenger Fitness agreement and Health Declaration Form are required by each traveler boarding Ponant's ship. Please complete these forms in advance to make the embarkation process as smooth as possible. 

For the most current entry requirement information visit travel.state.gov.

Last updated 3/26/24

 
Backroads is committed to abiding by all state-level and regional requirements for the health and safety of our guests, leaders and local partners. It is a requirement that Backroads adhere to these regulations in order to operate in each region. We take that very seriously and we ask that all our guests do the same. If we become aware that guests are in violation of entry or testing requirements, they may not be able to participate in the trip. Backroads will not provide refunds, nor reimbursement of any expenses incurred by guests as a result of being removed from a trip, including medical expenses, testing fees, quarantine, evacuation expenses, added air or hotel expenses, etc.