COVID-19 and Photo Safaris   March 15, 2021 Update

With the health and safety of our clients and trip leaders of paramount importance, Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris will not operate most trips through the end of May 2021.  We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic news daily—often hour-by-hour—as it relates to our ability to travel once again.  We strongly recommend all clients receive a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as it becomes available to you.

In the US when you get your vaccination, you receive a CDC card stating you have had one—or both—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. Almost certainly some countries will require it for entry—as well as a PCR COVID-19 test.

We are currently booking clients on trips departing in June 2021, or later, and are optimistic as to their operation. We have expanded our office hours to 9AM to 4PM Monday through Friday Pacific time as trip registrations have increased.

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.

Some of the general travel protocols we will implement:

  • For our USA trips proof of vaccination, or in lieu of vaccination, an attestation of recent (within 72 hours) negative PCR viral COVID-19 test is required.  Currently, a PCR COVID-19 test is required for virtually all international air travel.
  • Some PCR COVID-19 test results are documented in writing on a paper document and may also be available in electronic form from your healthcare provider.  Both are acceptable for entry into the US the CDC in addition to attestation form found here:  Some countries require a WRITTEN/PRINTED copy of a negative PCR COVID-!9 test result derived within 72 hours of your in-bound flight departure.
  • Until it is deemed safe by CDC or other official health organization to do otherwise, face masks will be required for all members of the group when indoors, in vehicles or when physical distancing of six feet or more between people is not possible. Fully vaccinated groups or those with negative test results may have varied requirements depending on location and situation.
  • Guests will be asked to bring their own travel-sized hand sanitizer and Photo Safaris tour leaders will have additional supplies for refills.
  • 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.
  • When practical we will have requested and have on file the COVID-19 protocols for each vendor we use to help us operate your trip.  Any additional protocol, other than in this notification, will be discussed as a group at the beginning of each tour.
  • 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.  
  • Vehicles will be sanitized at the end of each day following approved CDC guidelines.
  • Guests will be asked to refrain from handling photo equipment/gear that is not their own.  Should a guest require assistance with any items, the tour leader will step in.

These protocols will be implemented and continually modified as more is learned about this disease, and its mitigation as vaccines are distributed. 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 abbreviated office hours 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 and share an exciting and productive Photo Safari with you again soon!  In the meantime, please get vaccinated!