Field Guides travel in the COVID era

Updated 29 June 2022

We are traveling on tours regularly, out enjoying fabulous birds and destinations with you on Field Guides tours. Here’s an update on our upcoming travel.

Travel to a small number of foreign destinations (i.e., outside the US) is still somewhat uncertain owing to a number of factors resulting from the pandemic. Nevertheless, in recent months we have operated and enjoyed great birding with our tour groups in Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Panama, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Spain, and Britain. Our international reach continues to expand with summer tours to France, Peru, Iceland, Norway, Colombia, Galapagos, and South Africa. Our US birding tourism has been steady, with many dozens of Field Guides tours operated across the U.S. in 2021 and to date in 2022. We watch developments for foreign destinations carefully and, based on current circumstances and trends, we expect most foreign tours on our schedule in the coming months to operate. (IMPORTANT NEWS: As of June 12, the CDC has rescinded its requirement for COVID testing for air travelers entering or returning to the U.S., at last removing that impediment to travel.)

Please note that for travel on a Field Guides tour in the coming months, all participants will be required to confirm they will have completed a full COVID vaccination course at least two weeks prior to travel; this includes a booster for those eligible to receive one.  Having a vaccinated and boostered group will greatly diminish but not eliminate the possibility of the group and individual participants having travel disrupted and being adversely affected by COVID-19. We are requiring all of our staff guides to be vaccinated. Note too that many travel destinations are or soon will be requiring proof of vaccination and/or booster for entry to bypass testing delays or quarantine, and that entry requirements for a destination can change at any time.

Please note that for our upcoming tours we expect to have to follow some COVID-related pre-tour and on-tour protocols, even with vaccinated groups. To see the most recent update, visit our tour protocols page.

We are accepting bookings on tours where we have space available. If a particular departure of interest to you is listed as fully booked, we encourage you to add your name to the tour’s waitlist in case a space opens up.

From all of us at Field Guides, we look forward to traveling with you soon!

Stay focused, stay engaged, and most of all, stay healthy!

— From all of us at Field Guides

ONLINE RESOURCES IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

A good source of up-to-date information related to travel is the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 page at this link:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Additionally, there is a more general CDC health travel page with links to specific countries and the latest guidance and recommendations (including those related to COVID-19) at this link:

wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

We will update this page as new information becomes available.