The safety and security of our travelers remain our highest priority. Consistent with our commitment to the well-being of our guests, we are implementing the following enhanced precautions and protocols to help protect the health of our participants, while still providing an enriching and enjoyable travel experience.
Our guidelines evolve as needed and are designed in accordance with recommendations set forth by worldwide travel and health agencies, including the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and/or the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories. Specific protocols and procedures may change over time to adapt to the travel regulations in each of the destinations in which we operate.
Vaccination Requirements & Health Checks
We have come to the decision to follow the scientific recommendations and require that all travelers are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus to participate in our travel programs.
Passengers may also need to submit to a rapid COVID-19 test prior to boarding flights or ships. Additional entry requirements related to COVID-19 may be imposed by foreign governments as well.
Cruise programs may require completion of a health questionnaire prior to boarding. Throughout the program, you may also be required to undergo occasional non-contact temperature checks.
Personal Protective Equipment
Until further notice, passengers will be required to wear a protective mask that covers both the nose and mouth when indoors in public venues and outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. This policy will be strictly enforced. Passengers should bring several masks with them.
Gohagan Travel Directors will have a limited supply on hand if needed. You may also want to consider bringing a supply of disposable gloves for group tour excursions.
Washing hands and frequent use of hand sanitizer can’t be stressed enough. We suggest carrying an ample supply of hand sanitizer with you. We will also have hand sanitizer available as you board and disembark coaches. Cruise ships will have touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers strategically placed throughout the ship for regular application.
For your safety, Travel Directors, guides and cruise/hotel staff will forego shaking hands in greeting. You will experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels. Cruise check-in/check-out may be timed to maintain social distancing requirements. Dining will be arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests. Each tour excursion will utilize audio headsets to allow for physical distancing among your group, and all excursion motorcoaches will be assigned with spaced seating.
Spaced seating in all dining venues will allow for the required physical distancing. In rare instances where buffet options may be offered, items will be served by restaurant staff, no self-service will be allowed. Aboard cruise ships alternate dining options or multiple seatings will be offered to reduce capacity in the dining room. Dining rooms will be thoroughly cleaned before and after every meal service.
Before each tour, our Travel Directors will follow the same COVID-19 travel guidelines as our guests to ensure everyone’s health and safety. They are trained on our enhanced health and safety protocols. They are supported 24/7 by our local overseas representatives, who are well-equipped to handle on-trip issues. They have extensive local knowledge to help navigate your destination safely. Travel Directors, local guides and coach drivers will wear face masks when with guests.
Enhanced Cleaning Standards
We are proud to have a longstanding and highly respected relationship with our suppliers, including cruise lines, hotels, guides and transportation providers. These suppliers know our exacting standards and have been fully vetted to make sure they agree to comply with all local regulations regarding health and hygiene. All the suppliers included in our tours have advised up that they have introduced new cleanliness standards and disinfecting procedures for rooms and common areas alike that meet the recommended guidelines.
When joining a Gohagan & Company program, every participant is responsible for his or her own health. All participants must follow the direction of their Travel Director and local staff and adhere to all health and safety protocols.
At present, upon conclusion of your tour, all passengers returning to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days before boarding a flight to the United States. Your Travel Director will assist with these test arrangements. Tests will be at the participants own expense. Further details will be provided closer to your travel date.
Please continue to check with your Passenger Services Coordinator for the most up-to-date health and safety regulations and procedures.