COVID-19 Latest Information for Travellers
HEDONISTIC HIKING: COVID-19 LATEST INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLERS
Last updated: November 2021
With international travel around the world opening up once again we are confident that our tours scheduled for 2022 will go ahead in both Europe and Victoria. In these changing times however there are new aspects to overseas trips which need to be considered by all travellers.
To join a Hedonistic Hiking tour it is mandatory for you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. This is so we can provide a safe environment (by mitigating health risks) for our staff, our contractors, our suppliers and their staff, and our other guests. It also assists to protect the communities we visit. We will ask you to provide us with evidence of vaccination (or exemption) at least 30 days prior to the start of the tour.
We have reviewed our Terms & Conditions in line with CATO guidelines (Council for Australian Tour Operators) for both European and Australian tours. These have been updated to include latest industry standards and can be viewed here.
Entry requirements for each European country are different and it is imperative that you have and read and understood what is mandatory. Check on your own government website for the latest details. If you have booked your trip through a Travel Agent they will be able to assist you.
In Australia: www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/europe/italy
In the UK: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements
In the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html
Requirements for returning home also vary from country and country. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements of the country you are travelling to and to build in sufficient time to your travel itinerary after the tour is finished to take relevant tests and wait for results. If you need to show a negative test result for international travel, you should get either a molecular (PCR) or antigen swab test from a testing centre. Lab results for a PCR test usually take a day whereas results for antigen tests take around half an hour. Private tests can be carried out without a prescription at airports, pharmacies, labs, testing centres, or even at your accommodation via private doctors such as Med in Action or Medelit and prices vary from €20 to €100. If you do need to arrange a test during the tour please understand that you will miss part of the itinerary and you will need to organise your own transport to a testing centre. Find more useful information via this link.
We strongly suggest you purchase travel insurance at the time you pay your deposit, as cancellation fees and charges are payable from that time. We recommend a policy from a reputable insurer with COVID-19 travel insurance benefits, such as this one from Covermore.
See our Health and Safety procedures to ensure the wellbeing of our guests, and give reassurance that they can travel with confidence.
Jackie and Mick Parsons