We proudly meet the global protocols for safety set by the World Travel & Tourism Council, which take into account recommendations by the CDC, the WHO, and the ECDC. Learn more about our commitment to #SafeTravels.
NOTICE: The situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuously evolving. We will continue to update this page regularly.
June 12, 2022: As of 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery. Learn more >>>
April 18, 2022: As the result of a court order, the CDC’s order requiring masks on all public transportation and at transportation hubs (including airplanes and airports) is no longer in effect and will not be enforced. However, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public spaces. Learn more >>>
Cancellation Policies for Witte Tours
Our Peace of Mind policy lets you book your next Witte tour with confidence, knowing that cancellation penalties will not increase until 90 days prior to departure.* Plus, enjoy even more booking flexibility with our new Refundable Deposit policy, now available on select tours. For most tours with the Refundable Deposit designation, tour deposits are 100% refundable until 90 days prior to departure.*
*Some exceptions may apply. Please refer to the terms & conditions listed in the tour brochure for complete details.
CANCELLATION PENALTIES FOR WITTE TRAVEL
If you’ve booked travel arrangements through a Witte Travel Vacation Consultant, any cancellations or changes may be subject to penalties issued by the travel suppliers holding your reservations. Airlines, cruise lines, and leisure tour operators are frequently adjusting their change and cancellation policies, so please contact your Travel Consultant for the latest information regarding any cancellation fees that may apply to your unique trip.
WHAT IS WITTE TRAVEL & TOURS DOING TO MONITOR THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS AND ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL PASSENGERS?
- We proudly meet the global protocols for safety set by the World Travel & Tourism Council, which take into account recommendations by the CDC, the WHO, and the ECDC. Learn more about our commitment to #SafeTravels.
- Our team is closely monitoring the situation by reviewing all travel warnings, recommendations, and advisories from the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- We hold regular staff meetings to ensure that all our staff members are properly briefed on the most current information.
- We are in constant communication with airlines, vendors, and our network of in-country partners for the latest news and updates.
- If we have any reason to be concerned that your travel plans could put you at risk, we will contact you to discuss your options.
DOES AIRLINE TRAVEL INCREASE MY RISK OF CONTRACTING THE CORONAVIRUS?
Because the cabin air on an airplane is circulated and filtered every 2-3 minutes using HEPA filters, most viruses and germs cannot spread easily, so your risk of infection is not higher on an airplane. However, it is still a good practice to use antiseptic wipes on tray tables and armrests and to use your hand sanitizer before meals.
IF I CHOOSE TO CANCEL MY TRAVEL PLANS, WILL I GET A REFUND?
Refundability depends on different factors specific to your trip or tour. It is best to contact your Travel Consultant for your specific trip’s information. Cancellation due to government travel advisories or travel bans, or due to concerns relating to a viral outbreak, are not eligible reasons for coverage under most standard travel insurance plans. If you purchased a “Cancel for Any Reason” plan, refer to the terms of your insurance plan or contact the insurance provider to determine whether cancellation benefits apply.
My travel plans were cancelled– when can I expect a refund?
We are doing the best we can to issue refunds in a timely manner under these unique circumstances. However, due to the high volume of requests that we and our supplier partners are experiencing, it may take 4-6 weeks for your refund to be processed.
WILL MY TOUR BE CANCELLED? IF SO, WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
We are monitoring the situation very closely, and are making operational decisions about tours on a case-by-case basis. In cases where we feel that it is in the best interest of our passengers to cancel or postpone a tour, we will notify all registered passengers of those changes in detail. Unless we’ve told you otherwise, you can assume that your tour will continue to operate as scheduled.
CAN I RESCHEDULE MY TRIP / TOUR?
This will vary for each individual trip/tour scenario. It’s best to contact your Travel Consultant directly for more information about the options available in your specific situation.
SHOULD I PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your investment and to provide you with coverage overseas in the event of an accident or illness abroad. Even if you have health insurance back home that offers some benefits while traveling internationally, the coverage may not be enough. These are some of the benefits provided by travel insurance:
Trip Cancellation – Trip Cancellation insurance protects your financial investment in your trip, such as the cost of your flights, cruises, or other travel arrangements. Depending on the specifics of the policy, it may provide cancellation benefits if you must cancel due to a covered reason as defined by the policy, for example:
- Illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family (and sometimes traveling companion).
- You or a traveling companion test positive for COVID-19 and are unable to travel.
- A non-traveling family member is diagnosed with COVID-19 and a physician determines that it is life-threatening or they require your care.
Some policies also provide a “Cancel for Any Reason” upgrade option, which provides more flexibility. Contact your Travel Consultant for policy details and for information about “Cancel for Any Reason” upgrade requirements.
Trip Delay / Flight Delay – This typically covers accommodations, meals, and new travel arrangements once you’ve been delayed for a certain amount of time (often after 6-12 hours) due to unforeseen circumstances. Trip Delay may provide coverage if you contract COVID-19 during your trip and must physically quarantine at your destination.
Medical Insurance – When you are planning an international trip, it’s wise to be prepared in case of a medical emergency. Should you need medical care overseas, you may be required to pay out-of-pocket for services, which can be very expensive. If you have health insurance in the United States, find out if your plan will cover medical emergencies or expenses incurred while traveling abroad. Ask if your policy has any exclusions for preexisting conditions, and whether your policy will make payments to hospitals directly. If your health insurance coverage is not adequate, consider buying a supplemental travel insurance policy with medical benefits, which may include reimbursement for medical services required during your trip.
Medical Evacuation – Medical Evacuation insurance is especially important if you are traveling to a remote area or to a place where healthcare may not be up to U.S. standards. If you get sick or injured while traveling, medical evacuation coverage will pay for emergency transportation to a high-quality hospital.
WHERE CAN I GET A COVID-19 TEST?
If a COVID-19 test is required prior to arrival at your destination, visit HHS.gov or your state’s health department website to find a testing location near you. Be aware that some destinations will only accept certain types of test results within a specific period of time, so ensure that you are getting the correct test at the proper time before travel.
If you are traveling internationally, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 24 hours prior to boarding your departure flight back to the United States. You can research your destination prior to travel to find COVID-19 testing sites or check your departure airport to find out whether on-site testing is available. Test for Travel and Star Alliance Test Facilities are helpful resources for locating testing sites in international destinations.
Alternatively, you can purchase at-home test kits that are acceptable for international travel and self-administer the test before your return flight to the U.S. Make sure that the test you purchase is not expired and meets the CDC’s criteria for at-home tests. There are currently two tests on the market that are eligible for international travel:
- The Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test can be purchased through eMed (6-pack) or Optum (2-pack or 3-pack). Important: the over-the-counter BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test sold at pharmacies is not eligible for international travel. You must have the Ag Card Home Test that includes medical supervision via the NAVICA digital health platform.
DO I NEED TO BE VACCINATED IN ORDER TO TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY?
Vaccination is strongly recommended for safety and to ensure maximum access, enjoyment, and the smoothest possible travel experience.
Entry requirements and travel restrictions vary widely by destination and can change frequently. We will make every effort to provide you with accurate information, but it is your responsibility to make sure that you meet all requirements for travel to your destination. Some helpful resources include Sherpa, CovidControls.co, and AirHeart. (Note: These are excellent tools for getting quick and clear information about entry requirements, but we still recommend that you check with your destination’s government website or tourism board for official verification.)
WILL I NEED TO WEAR A MASK?
As the result of a court order issued April 18, 2022, the CDC’s order requiring masks on all public transportation and at transportation hubs (including airplanes and airports) is no longer in effect and will not be enforced. However, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public spaces. Learn more >>>
CDC – Advice for Travelers: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/traveler-information-center
CDC – (COVID-19) Travel FAQs: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
WHO – (COVID-19) Advice for the Public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
WHO – (COVID-19) Travel Advice: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice
WHO – Updated recommendations for international traffic in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.who.int/ith/2019-nCoV_advice_for_international_traffic-rev/en/
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
State Department – Before you Travel: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/your-health-abroad.html