Field Guides travel in the COVID era

Updated 12 July 2021

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

As of this writing, travel to many foreign destinations (i.e., outside the US) is still somewhat uncertain owing to a number of factors resulting from the pandemic. However, our US birding tourism has resumed in earnest, with 23 tours already operated to Texas, Arizona, Florida, Cape May, Pennsylvania, and Alaska from mid-April through June. We have additional tours to Arizona (for its “second spring”) scheduled in July and August. We are watching developments for foreign destinations carefully and currently expect to operate several foreign departures in August; a few destinations are already open or soon will be, and we expect further opportunities to develop in the coming months.

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 (if you are getting a two-dose vaccine, this means you must receive your second dose two weeks prior to departure).  Having a vaccinated group will greatly diminish but not eliminate the possibility of the group and individual participants 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 for entry to bypass testing delays or quarantine, and that entry requirements for a destination can change at any time.

Please note, too, 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 you are holding space on one of the many tours listed on our website, we will inform you if and when that tour’s operation can be confirmed, and at that time you may make your final choice regarding whether you wish to travel or not. (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 want to thank you for your kind words and for the remarkable patience you’ve shown us during this past year of pandemic, the most challenging of our now 37 years in business. We love traveling with you (and we are delighted to now be doing so again!), and many of you who have traveled with us repeatedly over the years are deeply woven into our close-knit community, with many first-time travelers joining those ranks every year. Our fantastic group of clients, working with our wonderful team in the office and our amazing guides in the field, is integrated into our lives as it is in few other businesses. We look forward to seeing you in person on a tour soon!

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

— Jan Pierson, on behalf of everyone 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.