Best Safety & Hygiene Tips For Travelling in 2022 And Beyond

Here at Expat Explore, the safety and well-being of our travellers and travel crew is our priority.

As the world adapts to new regulations, the tourism and hospitality industry is taking extra precautions regarding how to travel safely. We will be implementing a number of enhanced health and safety protocols on our trips. These additional precautions have been introduced to help prevent the transmission of Covid-19 and to help ensure that our travellers and the Expat Explore team are as safe and protected as possible while on tour.

Along with Expat Explore’s enhanced safety procedures on tour, there are a number of ways individual travellers can stay safe on tour.

Preparing For Your Trip

Rules and regulations for international travel, such as vaccination status and pre-departure PCR testing, will vary depending on where you live and where you are travelling to. It is important that you research these regulations for all of the countries you are travelling to so that you are not denied entry on arrival, or while crossing from one country to another while on tour.

A useful website to help you research these regulations and plan for your trip is Sherpa. You will also find a similar information portal offered by your airline on their website.

If you have any questions regarding preparing for your trip or checking whether you will be permitted entry to the countries on your chosen tour, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service team.

What We Require From You as an Expat Explore Traveller

Negative PCR or Antigen Tests*

We are committed to curating excellent travel experiences and to do so we need all of our travellers to feel safe. In order to ensure the peace of mind and safety of our travellers and staff on board the coach, we still request that all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, produce a negative Covid-19 test.

This test can be a PCR test (taken up to 72 hours before departure), an Antigen test (taken up to 48 hours before departure), or a self/at-home Rapid Antigen test (taken on the departure morning or the night before the tour). You may bring your own at-home Rapid Antigen test.

How to demonstrate your negative test result to your tour leader:

  • PCR: Show a paper or digital copy of your test result certificate
  • Rapid test the night before: Show a photo of the test result
  • Rapid test the morning of: Show the testing device

In order to ensure a timeous departure, we kindly ask that all Expat Explore passengers comply with this request. 

*For Egypt & Turkey tours, please contact our Customer Service team

Please note that from 1 May 2022, Croatia has dropped all Covid-19 entry requirements.

Self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms

We request that all travellers self-monitor daily before the tour for any Covid-19 related symptoms. All travellers will be required to complete a Covid-19 Acknowledgement of Risk (sent by our customer service team) before departing for the tour, and each traveller will be required to sign a Responsible Traveller Pledge (committing to the safety and wellbeing of yourself and fellow travellers).

We advise all travellers to check their home country’s rules and regulations regarding the quarantine period upon return from your tour as well as any requirements they may have before you travel.

Face masks and sanitizing

The wearing of face masks while on board the coach and in public spaces will follow the guidance and laws of the local authorities. At present, most countries in Europe have removed all rules dictating the compulsory wearing of face masks. Travellers who would feel more comfortable continuing to wear a mask, can of course choose to do so.

If you are visiting a country that still requires the wearing of masks, you will be required to bring your own mask and wear it when necessary. We ask that our travellers familiarise themselves with the best way to use, clean and store face masks (especially if they are reusable).

We strongly recommend you travel with a suitable supply of medical-grade/N95/FFP2 masks for the duration of your tour, as some countries will not accept non-medical grade masks and non-compliance could incur expensive fines.

Travel tip: Plastic bags are good for storing used face masks.  

Adequate Travel Insurance

All Expat Explore travellers are required to show proof of adequate travel insurance before embarking on tour. Your policy of insurance is required to cover you and your party against the cost of cancellation by you; the cost of assistance (including repatriation - medical and non-medical) in the event of accident or illness; loss of baggage and money; protection against any Covid-related claims and other expenses. 

Please Note: If you cannot provide the Expat Explore team with proof of adequate travel insurance prior to the start of your tour, you will not be permitted to embark on day one.

Health and Safety on Tour

On our coach tours, elevated hygiene and safety procedures will be put into place. Our safe and comfortable coaches are cleaned and sanitised before the start of each tour and daily cleaning is maintained throughout the tour. 

Face Masks and Sanitiser

The wearing of face masks while on board the coach and in public spaces will follow the guidance and laws of the local authorities. At present, most countries in Europe have removed all rules dictating the compulsory wearing of face masks. Travellers who would feel more comfortable wearing a mask, can of course choose to do so.

Room Sharing

As per our terms and conditions (Section A8), single travellers will be accommodated in same-gender twin rooms (two single beds, or a double bed and a bunk bed), paired with another single traveller. Triple rooms will no longer be available, thus, three travellers booking together will be accommodated as follows: two travellers will be roomed in one twin room; the third person will be accommodated in a same-gender twin share room. 

Travellers that would prefer to be in a room by themselves are welcome to upgrade to a single supplement room at an additional cost.

Safety Measures on Tour

Face Masks

The wearing of face masks while on board the coach and in public spaces will follow the guidance and laws of the local authorities. At present, most countries in Europe have removed all rules dictating the compulsory wearing of face masks. Travellers who would feel more comfortable wearing a mask, can of course choose to do so.

What if someone gets sick on tour?

As laid out in the Responsible Traveller Pledge, all travellers are required to inform their tour leader if they are feeling unwell. Your tour leader will then direct you to a medical practitioner, it is strongly advised that travellers then take all the reasonable steps to ensure the traveller(s) meet all the requirements as laid out by their travel insurance provider. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information (Sections A10 and A11).

Our Travel Crew are Trained and Here to Help

Our travel crew, which includes your tour leaders and drivers, have previously been trained for important health and hygiene needs while on tour. In addition to this, our crew will have received additional, in-depth health and hygiene training prior to embarking on any future tours. This training is in line with guidelines set out by public health authorities. 

As previously mentioned, during the tour, it is expected of travellers who are feeling unwell and/or exhibiting symptoms must inform their tour leader - who will undertake our required safety protocols, which include supporting you by seeking medical care.

For any of your pre-tour or post-tour queries, our excellent Customer Service team is available to help.

Trusted Partners & Service Providers Meet Increased Standards

As the world opens up for travel again, we are ensuring that our trusted partners and service providers meet our updated standards and health and hygiene requirements. In addition to ensuring the comfort and quality of our accommodation and activities for our travellers, our hotels, restaurants, local guides and companies are being carefully assessed. This is to ensure that they are up to date with the increased hygiene standards and that we are confident that they will consistently follow the necessary regulations in the future.

Along with the measures above, we ask our travellers to take personal responsibility for their own well-being and safety. On top of the usual travel hygiene practices, make sure to keep general coronavirus safety precautions in mind; wash your hands regularly, keep your distance, wear a mask if you wish to do so, and use hand sanitiser.

Our team is regularly reviewing government tourism and travel updates and ensuring our tours run in accordance with the prevailing public health advice, and recommendations by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the European Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. We are hoping to make this adjustment to the “new normal” of travel as stress-free as possible!

These guidelines are subject to change as the global situation evolves. The enforcement of certain measures (i.e. mask-wearing) will vary in different regions. We will defer to local health authorities for best practices in their region. Check with your home country’s policies on testing and post-trip self-isolation as well as the latest travel advisories. 

Expat Explore has been a member of the European Travel Association for over 10 years. As a member, Expat Explore has access to an extensive network of tour operators, suppliers and industry specialists which allows us to stay up to date with the latest news, alerts and developments in European travel. Additionally, this membership allows Expat Explore to play a role in driving sustainable business development for European tourism.