Covid-19 Updates

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Thomson Family Adventures COVID-19 Safety Plan

The safety of our guests and staff is always our number one priority and informs all our decisions. And as the demand for world travel returns, we wanted to share some of the protocols we and our partners around the world have been implementing to help fight the transmission of COVID-19 for you, your family and the communities you visit.

Our preferred airlines have also been making sure their own safety procedures are top-of-the-line, including temperature checks, advanced in-flight air filtration systems and touchless screening technology. While no set of precautions can negate the risk completely, we hope the information below will help you decide what is best for you when you are planning to travel. Please read on to learn about the extra precautions you should expect on your adventure. Click here to take our Thomson Pledge.

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what to expect
Vetted Hotels

The hotels we work with have implemented COVID-19 specific cleaning procedures and increased the frequency of all cleaning routines. Many hotels have also revised their check-in process to reduce the amount of time you spend in contact with others.

Enhanced Safety Measures

Masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing will go a long way in ensuring your trip is a safe and healthy experience. Your guides and servicers will also be sanitizing every pole, paddle and piece of equipment you use along the way. They will help you stay in your own travel “bubble,” keeping you distanced as much as possible from other travelers. In any case, we strongly encourage you to bring your own mask and hand sanitizer.

Plated Meals

In lieu of buffets, restaurants and hotels will offer plated meals. Staff will be masked, and tables will be spaced farther apart when possible. Expect to dine outdoors more often. Your trip manager and guides will be happy to answer questions regarding your upcoming dining experiences before and during your trip.

Private Vehicles

On top of intensive, frequent cleaning, your private vehicles will feature additional space between passengers. We monitor every trip individually and may adjust the number of vehicles if need be. The goal is to keep your travel “bubble” as separate from other bubbles as possible.

Small Groups

As always, Thomson travelers can expect to travel in small groups. Depending on the size of your trip, you may join another family in a bubble – eating meals, riding in vans and partaking in activities together. Or, you may choose to take a private trip with only you, your family and your own personal guide. Call us at 800-262-6255 for more details on how to plan a private trip.

Prepared Guides

Your guide will be well-versed in what’s going on in your travel destination. They are prepared to offer support and emergency assistance when needed. They will also be knowledgeable regarding their government’s travel protocols, and will be proactive about anticipating your needs and foreseeing potential adjustments during your trip. Don’t hesitate to ask them about what’s coming up!

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Stay Informed

We’re keeping up to date on the latest updates from the CDC, the WHO, the State Department and our partners on the ground. We encourage you to stay informed so you are up to date with the latest health and safety recommendations.

Keep In Touch With Us!

Our team of professional trip consultants have remained up to date on CDC, WHO and State Department advisories and recommendations. We’ll be touching base with you occasionally before your trip to ensure your paperwork is in order, but also to ensure you are ready and feeling comfortable with your trip.

If you’d like to talk, we are currently available Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST. Contact us!

Arrive Healthy

Many countries require a negative test result on a COVID-19 test prior to entering. In some cases, you may be screened upon arrival to your destination. The safest way to ensure you can go on your adventure is to practice safety measures and stay socially distanced in the two weeks leading up to your departure. If you feel unwell, or have a high temperature, we ask that you please stay home. As hard as it may be when you have your trip ahead, the risk just is not worth it.

Please call us at 800-262-6255 or email us at for more information on what we’re doing to make travel safer and more secure.

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New Bookings

Book Now, Pay Later

We know many of you are still dreaming of traveling with your kids, grandkids, grandparents, aunts, uncle, cousins – everyone! We’re excited to help you plan, and we want to make the process easier than ever.

With Book Now, Pay Later, you have until June 15 to reserve space on a trip without making a deposit. You’ll have the following month to make sure you’re comfortable with your decision. Then, to confirm your commitment, simply pay a deposit on or before July 15.

As with any travel, the anticipation and preparation are part of the fun; we want you to enjoy it without the stress that comes with the unknown. Browse all of our trips here.

With so many guests who have postponed their travel dates, we’re seeing space in summer start to sell out! Contact us soon to reserve your spot.

*This policy is only valid for new bookings on scheduled international trips. Trips departing before September 1, 2021, are ineligible for this promotion. To confirm trip participation, guests agree to pay a 20% nonrefundable deposit on or before July 15. Once deposit is received, standard Thomson Family Adventures Conditions apply. Offer ends June 15, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Additional exclusions may apply. Please contact us for more details and complete terms and conditions.

Existing Bookings

Managing Flights

If you booked your flights on your own, please contact the airline directly to change or cancel them in accordance with your travel plans. If you booked your flights through our partner, Exito, please reach out to your Exito flight representative, who will work with the airlines to change or cancel your flights. Please note that every airline has its own cancellation and refund policies, so we cannot guarantee you will be refunded.

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Airlines are preparing to implement thorough safety procedures as they prepare for the return of international travel. We’ve included information below from airlines and other resources that our guests regularly use to travel internationally. These resources are in regard to airport procedures, in-flight air filtration systems and worldwide travel restrictions.

Where Can Americans Travel Right Now? A County-by-Country Guide

What You Need to Know About Air Quality During Commercial Flights

IATA: COVID-19 Coronavirus & Travelers

IATA: COVID-19 Travel Regulation Map

WHO: Air Travel Advice

Delta Travel Requirements

Delta engages Mayo Clinic experts to advise on making travel even safer

More flights, service return in July as Delta continues industry-leading safety measures

Delta welcomes travelers back with layers of protection for safe travel

QATAR Airways Safety Measures Fact Sheet

Turkish Airlines Guidelines for Safe Travel

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