COVID-19 Update   August 5, 2022 

Proof of Vaccination is Required for Travel with JVOPS


For all of our trips, proof of vaccination is required using Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson and Johnson vaccines.   Booster shots are highly recommended and some countries may require them.


In the US when you get your vaccination, you receive a CDC card stating you have had one, two, three or four of the shots and the date(s) you received them. Make sure you do receive the card and don’t lose it!  Almost certainly it will become your “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE” card—your vaccine passport to the new normal. Most countries require it for entry—as well as a negative PCR COVID-19 or other approved test document. Masks are still required in public conveyances at various international destinations. It is the responsibility of each traveler to make sure they comply with these entry requirements and local health ordinances.

We will strive to offer common sense COVID-19 mitigation protocols for every trip we will operate in the forseeable futureevery location where we offer trips will be somewhat different depending on local regulations and entry requirements. The precautions we take to mitigate coronavirus exposure will not be a one-size-fits-all proposition.  Yet, anytime we choose to travel, we must acknowledge the risk of contact to disease—COVID-19 or otherwise.

As US and international requirements for travel have relaxed during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and as COVID has brought on pandemic fatigue throughout the world, our collective vigilance for maintaining important precautions to avoid contracting and spreading this highly communicable disease has greatly diminished.

We urge our trip Participants to wear masks whenever appropriate, and be extra vigilant when traveling to the trip start point in airports, on planes and while using public transportation like airport shuttle busses, light rail, or other shared conveyances—no matter what the current relaxed rules allow!

Some of the general travel protocols we will implement:

  • Currently, a PCR COVID-19 viral test is required for travelers to many international destinations outside of their home regions reached by air travel, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Some COVID-19 PCR test results are documented in writing on a paper document and may also be available in electronic form from your healthcare provider. Some countries require a WRITTEN/PRINTED copy, others a cell phone text copy, of a negative COVID-19 PCR viral test result derived within three days of your inbound flight departure, or within three days of your arrival depending on local regulations. If you received your test results by text or email print the certificate you are sent. This covers the WRITTEN/PRINTED requirement in most cases.

  • Trip participants will be requested to bring at least 2 self-administered rapid test kits with them to avoid unnecessary trips to distant health facilities in event of mild illness of any kind.  Flu shots are strongly recommended.

  • Trip participants are recommended to bring their own personal hand sanitizer. Since COVID-19 is primarily an airborne disease, CDC reports transmission of COVID-19 via touch is relatively low.  

  • All tour leaders will receive instructions to review and discuss our COVID-19 protocols as it pertains to their tours, how to implement them and steps to take should someone begin to show signs/symptoms while on the tour.  All healthcare fees and costs, as well as quarantine arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the trip participant.

  • Meals in restaurants will be managed according to the protocols in place per local, state and/or federal (country) guidelines.  Each situation will require unique management and will be dealt with to the best of our ability for the comfort of all our guests.  

  • These protocols will be implemented and continually modified as more is learned about this disease, its variants, and its mitigation. We are closely following new developments and will adjust our response accordingly.  

Communication with our travelers is important to us and we will strive to keep you up to date as conditions change.  We encourage you to give us a call during our normal weekday office hours with your questions, or send us an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to a return to normalcy!  In the meantime, keep up-to-date with the availability of new and up-dated booster vaccines as they continue to develop.