On-Trip Requirements & Safety Measures
Backroads requires our guests to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of trip start. Your Trip Leaders will check for proof on the first day of your trip. If you are not able to provide sufficient proof, we will be unable to welcome you on your trip.
- What counts as “proof”? A hard copy, digital copy or picture of your vaccine card or negative COVID test will be accepted. We’ll also accept a medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 dated no more than 90 days before departure. Please note that many regions (including most international destinations) have additional requirement and/or documents needed for entry. See details on regional entry requirements here.
- When are you considered “fully vaccinated?” Two weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. See here for CDC vaccine guidance.
- What about kids? Children too young to be vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to trip start.
- Where can I test? See here for the testing site nearest you. At-home testing options will suffice only if they include a telehealth component (video call with a doctor); over-the-counter tests will not be accepted. Backroads recommends this self-administered antigen test.
- Will my Trip Leaders be vaccinated? Backroads is mandating vaccines for all Trip Leaders where local/international jurisdictions allow. The vast majority of our Trip Leaders are already vaccinated. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are required to test and complete a health screening before each trip.
Backroads strongly urges all eligible guests to be vaccinated. Regional requirements are constantly evolving, often with very little notice, so traveling unvaccinated is likely to cause trip disruption.
Face masks will be required for van shuttles and wherever mandated by local regulations. Mask requirements apply equally to leaders and guests, on both regular and private departures, regardless of vaccination status.
Staying Informed & Keeping You Up to Date
We’re always monitoring what’s happening in the world and how it impacts our trips. The COVID crisis is no exception. The latest recommendations from the CDC and WHO, along with local authorities where we travel, are guiding our decisions now and into the season. We’ll communicate any pertinent information related to your departure by email so you’re always in the loop.
24/7 Support & Prepared Trip Leaders
Our offices are staffed for emergencies, and we'll be there to provide support for you and our field team when needed. We have a robust internal protocol and designated response team that is available to our Trip Leaders 24/7 to support any COVID related issues that may arise. Our Trip Leaders, already trained in First Aid and CPR, will have a protocol to follow in case of any health issues. A new training program for our Trip Leaders will set them up to support you as we travel in these unusual times. They'll be proactive communicators and prepared to manage logistics around any adjustments needed during your trip.