Field Guides travel and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 16 December 2020

Since the pandemic began, at Field Guides we’ve been continuously monitoring news and developments regarding COVID-19 and its effects and impacts on travel especially. Below we provide links to some of the sources we use to guide us in our decisions, both in the company and in our personal lives.

As of this writing, travel to many destinations is still problematic or impossible owing to a number of factors resulting from the pandemic. However, with vaccinations slated to become more and more of a reality as we move forward in 2021, birding tourism should resume in earnest again at some time in the coming months. We can’t wait to get back into the field with you.

We have currently cancelled tours advertised on this website through late March 2021. Our standard tour schedule continues to be shown for April 2021 onward. We are accepting bookings on these tours, with only the deposit due to hold a space and a $100 cancellation fee should you choose to cancel before the operational status of the tour is determined. At this time, we are not billing for final payments for upcoming tours on our usual advance schedule of several months; instead, if you are holding space on a tour 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.

We have been heartened by our participants’ outpouring of support since the pandemic began. 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 time, the most challenging of our 35 years in business. We love traveling with you, 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 again as soon as possible!

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

— Jan Pierson, on behalf of everyone at Field Guides


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

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:

We also recommend the CDC prevention page as a resource for ways that we can protect ourselves from becoming ill.

Based on the current information, these basic health practices can protect against the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask when going out in public.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others.
  • Stay at home and isolate yourself from others as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will update this page as new information becomes available.