How do I know the country is safe for travellers?
We’re only operating tours in countries where we are confident we can keep everyone safe. That means countries with a high percentage of the eligible population fully vaccinated, an effective health care system and strict protocols regarding proof of vaccination as a condition of entry to restaurants and cultural institutions. Our first tours in 2022 are in Italy, which also has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.
Will I need to provide proof of vaccination during the tour?
In Europe it’s now quite common to be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering restaurants, cafes, galleries and museums. A phone app with evidence of your vaccination status might be acceptable but you also need printed proof of your vaccination status, and preferably several copies. The document you need is the International COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate issued by the Australian Government.
If you have any problems obtaining this document contact us:
Do I need a PCR test before leaving Australia and how do I get that?
Australia no longer requires that but your destination country probably will. Simply Google “PCR test for travellers” and you should find a pathology lab near you that delivers quick results. When you make the test booking you’ll be given a PIN number which will allow you to open your test result, which comes as an email. It’s important to print this out in colour. We can assist if you have any problems or concerns. Note the publicly funded PCR tests will not provide the proof you need to travel overseas.
What happens if I get symptoms on the tour
We will have antigen test kits with us. These give a quick result although they are not as effective as a PCR test. If the antigen test returns a positive result we’ll help you get a PCR test. You’ll be asked to stay in isolation until the test result confirms whether you are infected.
What happens if I get sick with COVID-19 during the tour?
We’ll follow whatever the local regulations are. In most cases that means isolation for a period of 10-12 days. That would usually be isolation in a suitable hotel and we’ll help you with that. We’ll also contact the nearest Australian embassy or consulate, your insurer and anyone you need to contact in Australia. While the tour will move on, we’ll be in daily contact and do our best to make sure you’re comfortable and well looked after.
Will travel insurance cover me if I get sick with COVID-19?
Most travel insurance policies will but that’s something you need to find out from your insurer.