• By: Classic Journeys

    5/4/2021

  • Our tour operations team is talking to local and federal governments and our local guides and hoteliers in every one of our regions daily. And we’re seeing border updates and new destinations available every time we check.

    For information on Classic Journeys tours in the 'new normal,' click here.

    Travelers have now become accustomed to taking a COVID test before departing on their vacation, which can generally be done pretty seamlessly by having a test Fed Ex’d to your home (see below for which destinations require this).

    The CDC requires valid negative COVID-19 tests from all air passengers entering the United States. We’re incorporating testing seamlessly into the end of our tours, so that you can get the tests needed for re-entry without taking away from the enjoyment of your vacation. In many cases, tests will be conducted in the comfort of your luxury hotel, and results are expedited to be faster than what is available to the general public.

    EUROPE

    Greece
    Greece Santorini
    When can I travel to Greece?
    Greece is open now. 
    I have had the vaccine, can I travel to Greece? Yes. 
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Greece? Yes. If you do not have a vaccine certificate, you have to present negative results from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of landing in Greece.
    Does Greece require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No.
    Which airlines fly to Greece? Delta, America, United, Emirates.
    What's the best way to travel to Greece? With a local guide in the lead, our walking tour showcases the best of the Greek islands, immersing you in local culture along the way. Alternatively, book a private trip: your people, your dates.

    Iceland
    Europe Iceland male traveler on black sand beach with grass mounds

    When can I travel to Iceland? Iceland is open now. It leads the way in opening to all travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID, or previously infected.
    As Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist, Thórólfur Gudnason, said:
    “When people are protected against the same disease, with the same vaccines that are produced by the same companies, there is no medical reason to discriminate on the basis of the location where the jab is administered."
    I have had the vaccine, can I travel to Iceland? Yes. Or if you have proof of previously having had COVID-19.
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Iceland? No. If you have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or previous infection, you are free to enter and explore. 
    Does Iceland require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No.
    Which airlines fly to Iceland? Icelandair, JetBlue, Deta, United, American & airBaltic
    What's the best way to travel to Iceland? With our Viking-descended adventure guide, who royals and governments choose for VIP visits. Our Family, Multisport and Culture + Walking itineraries cover boutique hotels, meals in the best restaurants and panoramic picnic spots, and activities from glacier walks to soaking in the Blue Lagoon. Alternatively, go private: your people, your dates, our unforgettable itinerary.

    Croatia
    Europe Croatia tourist woman walking
    When can I travel to Croatia? The country is open now. For those of us craving Europe’s fairy-tale coastal charm, Croatia’s been a leader in flattening the curve and is now welcoming travelers from America under the category of ‘Third party countries’. 
    Classic Journeys guests who booked a private Dubrovnik tour in late 2020, said: "We nearly have the whole of the country to ourselves which has been pretty extraordinary...We are very fortunate to be here at this moment in history and appreciate Classic Journeys for making it happen."
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Croatia? Yes, negative PCR test, taken within 48 hours of border crossing. You will need to present proof of your Classic Journeys hotel booking and reservation of your COVID test. Your guide and driver will take you directly to your hotel, and transport you to your drive-in test. Once results are available (same day or morning after), you can freely travel through Croatia.
    Does Croatia require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No, unless you refuse to take a test. 
    Which airlines fly to Croatia? Delta, American, United
    What's the best way to travel to Croatia? On a carefully curated tour with our Croatian guides, who have been named best in the country and guide the Croatian president and family. Intimate interactions woven into your itinerary might include exclusive winery visits, the best table of the best restaurant booked on your behalf, or a picnic in a picturesque spot of the Dalmatian coast that tourists haven’t discovered. We will also ensure you have the necessary documents to present at the airport so that you can proceed with your trip. Join one of our Dubrovnik to Split Culture + Walking tours which have scheduled departures throughout the year. Private tours put you in charge of whatever dates and details work for you.

    Turkey 
    Turkey traditional boat
    When can I travel to Turkey? Turkey is open now. Rich in history, rivetingly pretty, cuisine worth crossing continents for. Turkey has reopened for tourism along the guidelines of the country’s ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’, which sets in place standards for cleanliness and safe social distancing. 
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Turkey? Yes. Negative test results must be presented, with the test having been taken within 72 hours of arrival in Turkey.
    Does Turkey require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No, unless tested positive for coronavirus.
    Which airlines fly to Turkey? Turkish Airlines (Houson, LA, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC).
    What's the best way to travel to Turkey? Pick your dates, tell us your preferences, and we’ll put together the perfect private Turkey tour for your group. Your local Classic Journeys guide who knows the backroads like the back of their hand and has a plan b and c for every part of your trip, just in case. And you can’t social distance more spectacularly than in your own yacht, cruising the Turkish coast.

    Montenegro 
    Europe Montenegro Village By Water Mountains Boats
    When can I travel to Montenegro? Now. Commercial flights and public transport are operating in beautiful Montenegro, which has been gradually reopening since July 2020. You need to fly direct to Montenegro, or if you've stopped at or connecting through another country en route, it must be a country permitted to enter Montenegro. Here is the list of permitted countries.
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Montenegro? Yes. You'll need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, or a positive antibody test (ELISA serologic test) taken within 72 hours. Children aged under 5 do not need to be tested. There will be additional health screening (such as temperature checks and hand sanitization) at the airport. 
    Does Montenegro require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No, unless you contract COVID.
    What's the best way to travel to Montenegro? Form a vacation bubble when you book our tour privately on any date for friends and family, or join one of our scheduled tours where all necessary measures will be taken to adapt to social distancing and cleaning standards.
    Which airlines fly to Montenegro? Montenegro Airlines, Air Serbia,  Alitalia, Etihad, and Air France. 

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    LATIN AMERICA

    Costa Rica
    Costa Rica Arenal volcano landscape
    When can I travel to Costa Rica? Now. Costa Rica is open to visitors from any country. This follows a staggered opening to U.S. travelers from certain states, since the start of October 2020. 
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Costa Rica?  No. Since October 28, no COVID test is needed (prior to that, a negative PCR test was required).
    Each traveler will need to complete an electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form. It has to show proof of valid health insurance that covers medical expenses (for at least US $50,000) and accommodation (for at least US$2000) if they contract COVID-19 while in Costa Rica.
    Does Costa Rica require visitors take a 14-day quarantine?  No.
    What's the best way to travel to Costa Rica? On one of our scheduled multisport, family or turtle nesting tours, or a private or custom trip on a date of your choosing. Safe in the hands of your expert local guide, who knows Costa Rica inside out, from its history, to its natural wonders, to how travel has adapted in this 'new normal'. 
    Which airlines fly direct to Costa Rica?  Delta, United, American, Southwest, Spirit, JetBlue

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    Ecuador & The Galápagos
    Galapagos sealion on white sand beach
    When can I travel to Ecuador and the Galápagos? Now! Ecuador and The Galápagos are welcoming visitors once again. 
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Ecuador and the Galápagos? Yes – negative PCR test results must be provided, taken no more than 10 days before entering Ecuador. If you do not have results to provide, you will be required to take a test upon arrival at your own expense, and quarantine while you wait for results. There will also be temperature checks at the airports.
    Do Ecuador and the Galápagos islands require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No, unless you test positive for COVID.
    Which airlines fly to Ecuador and the Galápagos? American Airlines, Delta, LATAM, United, jetBlue
    What's the best way to travel to Ecuador and the Galápagos? In our Galapagos travel bubble, which incorporates all the necessary testing for you to safely and seamlessly enjoy your trip.

    Belize
    Belize underwater barrier reef snorkeler coral and tropical fish

    When can I travel to Belize? Now. Flights to Belize have resumed and the country is now welcoming all travelers. Social distancing and mask wearing are still required in public. Travelers must stay in an approved hotel (Classic Journeys only uses approved hotels). There is a mandatory government-owned app that visitors should download onto their smartphones within 72 hours of arrival, to share hotel confirmations, COVID test results and location information.
    Classic Journeys' Travel Experience Manager Kristin traveled to Belize in early 2021 and reports: "I worried that testing to enter Belize, then return to the U.S. would be a hassle, but it really didn't take away from the wonderful time I had. If anything, testing to return home gave me an extra excuse to relax in the hotel while I waited for results! While traveling, everything was open but there were FAR fewer crowds than normal! The entire country is practicing safe social distancing and wearing masks. I was very impressed. This all meant that I had mayan temple ruins and caves to explore all by myself. I had the reefs to myself too when snorkeling which was an amazing experience. There was a lot more sea life than I was expecting, perhaps because the waters are so quiet. A true once in a lifetime underwater experience!"
    I have had the vaccine, can I travel to Belize? Yes.
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Belize? Yes. Unless fully vaccinated, every visitor aged over 5 needs to present negative results from a PCR test taken no longer than 96 hours of arrival. Alternatively, you can pay $50 to be tested at the airport. Some travelers will be randomly selected for a second COVID test at the airport. 
    Does Belize require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No.
    Which airlines fly to Belize? American Airlines, Delta, United, Southwest, Avianca
    What's the best way to travel to Belize? We work directly with approved hotels, and can arrange and expedite any necessary testing. Your local guide knows your destination inside out, and has a plan B, C and D up their sleeve in case circumstances change. Join one of our scheduled tours, or visit on any date that suits you with a Classic Journeys private tour

    Peru
    South America Peru Machu Picchu White Alpaca Looking Over Inca Ruins
    When can I travel to Peru? Now. Direct flights between America and Peru have resumed, Machu Picchu has reopened, and we've created a safe travel bubble. Questions? Read our expert Q&A here.
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Peru? Yes. A negative RT-PCR test must be presented, no more than 72 hours after it was issued. Other health screening procedures (temperature checks, hand and shoe sanitization) are in place in Peru's ports of entry. 
    Does Peru require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No, unless they contract the virus.
    What's the best way to travel to Peru? Join the Classic Journeys Peru travel bubble, where our Family and Culture + Walking tours have been adapted to social distancing and safety requirements. Or book a private trip exclusively with friends and family.
    Which airlines fly direct to Peru? United, Delta, Spirit, American, LATAM, JetBlue, Avianca.

    Colombia
    Colombia colorful town

    When can I travel to Colombia? Now. Colombia is open to all international travelers who have valid negative test results for COVID-19.
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Colombia? Yes. Visitors will have to show negative results of a PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival. You will also need to complete a CheckMig form to enter. 
    Does Colombia require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No, this changed on October 1. As long as your test results are negative, you will not have to quarantine. 
    What's the best way to travel to Colombia? Fly in with your preferred airline, then your Colombian guide will meet you and fill your trip with authentic experiences. Travel in a micro group on one of our scheduled tours, or together with friends or family on a private departure.
    Which airlines fly direct to Colombia?  American, United, JetBlue, Spirit, Avianca

    Panama
    Panama rainforest waterfall

    When can I travel to Panama? Now. Panama’s borders are open to all visitors. 
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Panama?  Yes. Within 48 hours of arrival. If your results are older than this, you will need to pay for a rapid test at the airport, which will cost around $50. Travelers will also need co complete an electronic affidavit declaring that they will comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 safety protocol. 
    Does Panama require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? Only if they contract COVID, in which case they will have to quarantine for seven days in a hotel paid for by the government. If they test negative at the end of the quarantine period, they can continue to travel in Panama.
    What's the best way to travel to Panama? Join one of our family, multisport or special edition tours, or ask us to custom make a private Panama trip suited to your dates and needs.
    Which airlines fly direct to Panama? United, Delta, Spirit, American, Copa

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    AFRICA

    South Africa 
    Africa South Africa Phinda Mountain Lodge Travelers on Jeep Safari Watching Four Lions

    When can I travel to South Africa? Now. South Africa is open to all international travelers.  In a statement, South Africa's chief of tourism, Sisa Ntshona, said:
    “We know that now more than ever, traveler behavior is influenced by trust and confidence so our country has put in place globally-benchmarked health and safety protocols...we look forward to welcoming those tourists that are able to come. They can finally get to enjoy the wide-open spaces, scenic landscape, unique and authentic cultural experiences that South Africa has to offer."
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter South Africa? Yes. Negative results from a PCR test must be provided, and they must be given no more than 72 hours before your date of departure. You will also be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival at the airport, and if you show any symptoms, you will have to take another test at your own cost. 
    Does South Africa require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No. Unless you test positive, in which case you will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days.
    What's the best way to travel to South Africa? On one of our expertly planned Culture + Walking, Family or custom-made itineraries, with a local guide who has a phenomenal knowledge of the areas you'll visit.
    Which airlines fly to South Africa? United (nonstop from New York-Newark), Delta, American Airlines, South African Airways, British Airways, Emirates

    Morocco 
    Morocco Sahara Desert Blue Sky 4 Camel Train
    When can I travel to Morocco? Now. Americans who have a reservation with a hotel and travel agency (a Classic Journeys tour has that covered) can now enter and leave Morocco
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Morocco? Yes. All travelers are required to take a test within 72 hours of entering Morocco. Printed results must be presented at check in and arrival. Children aged under 11 don't need to take a test.
    Does Morocco require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No
    What's the best way to travel to Morocco? Our Culture + Walking, Multisport and Family tours are be adapted to the official #SafeTravels guidelines. 
    Which airlines fly to Morocco? Royal Air Maroc are running a direct flight from JFK International airport and Casablanca. 

    THE CARIBBEAN

    St Lucia
    St Lucia open to US Travelers
    When can I travel to St Lucia? Now. It’s long been legendary for its Piton peaks, but St Lucia’s been praised for its absence of peaks in infection. The island's phased approach for slow, safe reopening is setting the benchmark for travel in the ‘new normal’. Hotels and businesses are having to qualify for certification by meeting several set criteria for sanitization and social distancing.
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter St Lucia? Yes. For all travelers aged five or older, negative PCR test results must be provided, taken within five days of travel (formerly 48 hours, then seven days). All passengers will be screened and temperature checked and must also complete a pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form and carry a printed copy.
    Does St Lucia require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No
    Which airlines fly direct to St Lucia? American Airlines (Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia) JetBlue (New York, Boston) Delta (Atlanta) United Airlines (New Jersey and Chicago)
    What's the best way to travel to St Lucia? Our private St Lucia tours can be arranged on your preferred travel dates. 

    FRENCH POLYNESIA

    TahitiFrench Polynesia Tahiti Island Luxury Private Tour Vacation Classic Journeys
    When can I travel to Tahiti? Now. The off-grid gorgeousness of Tahiti’s islands is open to all travelers arriving by air, and the abundance of outdoor activities—hikes to waterfalls and blue lagoon bike rides, paddle boarding, canoes—makes social distancing second nature. 
    Do you have to take a COVID-test to enter Tahiti? Yes, negative PCR test results must be presented, taken no longer than 3 days prior to travel. Then another self-test has to be taken 4 days after arrival (this will be given to travelers at the airport). Each visitor will also need to complete a ‘Sanitary Entry’ form. 
    Does Tahiti require visitors take a 14-day quarantine? No
    What's the best way to travel to Tahiti? With a guide—and local islander—in the lead throughout your trip, you’re in safe hands when it comes to recommending restaurants for the best French cuisine, showing you the best sunset spots and much more. 
    When can I travel to Tahiti? Tahiti is open now and private tours can be totally tailored to your preferences when it comes to the date you arrive and depart.

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