COVID19  & SUMMER 2022 Effects 

 

Travel Requirements

As expected, travel permission into Italy, Greece, or Turkey has the following requirements:

 

You will be required to wear a mask at:

- all airports in the USA & overseas

- on all flights to/from/within Europe

- at all public tourist sites in Italy & Greece.

This could change before our trip, but at this point, it is unlikely.

 

Entry Requirements are currently as follows:

  1. Proof of Covid vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca)

OR

(2) Doctor’s proof you have recovered from Covid within 6 months of trip’s end (in the form of a Covid Recovery Certificate) 

OR

(3) Entering from another EU country (Greece) that you have spent 5 days in.

AND

(4) a negative Covid test less than 48 hours before 

     (a) boarding your flight from the USA and

     (b) another negative Covid test before entering each foreign country and 

     (c) another negative Covid test just before boarding your flight to return to the USA.

 

Despite what you may have read or heard, none of the countries we will visit are requiring Vaccination as the only option for entry at this point.

 

However, you should be aware that each Covid test will be at your own expense. Though some of the countries are testing for free at the airport, the average cost for those that are not providing free tests is $15-35 per test. We will know prior to trip departure whether or not there is a cost for the “entry point” rapid covid tests.

 

NOTE: Vaccination is a personal issue.  Though I chose to be vaccinated due to my international travel, my age 18 daughter who will be joining us on this trip has not been vaccinated. 

 

There is time factored in our travel schedule at each entry point for Covid testing of those who are not vaccinated.

 

If you choose to be vaccinated, the 2nd shot must have been received at least two weeks prior to trip departure. Since the Pfizer & Moderna vaccines require 4 weeks between the 1st & 2nd shots, by my calculation April 12, 2022 is the last date you can receive the first shot  AND  May 9 is the last date you can receive the second shot.. If you receive the Johnson & Johnson, you have until May 9, I believe. 

 

At this point  Covid Booster shots for the previously vaccinated are not required. However, you should check with your Health Care professional and not wait until the last minute!

 

 

TRAVEL CHANGE OPTIONS

As of November 2021, in addition to a negative Covid19 test,  Italy requires tourist to be vaccinated before entry to Italy OR the non-vaccinated to quarantine for 5 days once they enter the country.

 

Though our normal order of  travel is Italy, then Greece, then Turkey, ClassicalTrips.org reserves the right to change the travel order if needed to facilitate entry for the non-vaccinated into Italy from Greece (which does not require a 5 day quarantine for the unvaccinated).  If that switch is made, our first country would be Greece, then Italy, then Turkey.  At present, Greece does not require a 5 day quarantine for the non-vaccinated and travel to Italy from another EU country does not require a quarantine in Italy.

 

The "What Ifs" of Covid 2022

1. What if I get Covid and am not able to depart the USA with the group?

   Unfortunately, airfare and some travel expenses are not refundable.  However, if tickets have been purchased in your name, you may receive a flight credit for later travel. 

Travel Insurance (including Overseas Medical coverage) which will reimburse 75% of the trip cost if you are not able to participate, is available for $190 for a Student. This is called CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason) insurance and reimburses 75% of your non-refundable trip costs.

Cost may be higher for an Adult.

 

2. What if I test Negative in the USA, but test Positive for Covid upon arrival in Europe or during the trip?

   Italy, Greece, and Turkey are requiring a “re-test” if you test positive.  If you have covid, you will be required to quarantine.  We will make arrangements to “quarantine” you safely in a separate room at the group lodging.

 

3. Will I be abandoned overseas?

   No!

 

4. Who pays for the expense if I need a Covid test overseas?

   You are responsible for all Covid testing expenses. As stated earlier, it varies by country. If there is a charge, all countries are providing low-cost covid tests. Typical tests cost between $15-$35 depending on the provider and country.

Note: the Non-Vaccinated participants on the Summer 2021 Trip were Covid tested 6 times at an average cost of $20 per test ($120pp for the entire trip).  The Vaccinated participants on the Summer 2021 Trip were Covid tested 2 times (1X upon entering the EU and 1X for the return flight to the USA). None of the Trip participants got Covid on the trip!

 

5. What if I test Positive and need treatment and/or hospitalization while overseas? 

 

Overseas Medical Insurance which includes Covid treatment is required by ClassicalTrips.org for all trip participants. Low cost Overseas Medical Insurance is available that covers the cost of treatment or hospitalization in the unlikely circumstance that is necessary.  Average Student costs for Overseas Medical Insurance with Covid coverage is around $60.  Adult coverage is slightly higher.

 

NOTE: Overseas Medical Coverage (not Travel Insurance) for the entire 3-week trip (including Covid treatment for a student) is only $60.  Travel Insurance (including Overseas Medical Coverage & Covid treatment) that reimburses for trip cancellation for any reason is only $190.  Various options are available at: SevenCorners.com

 

Definitions: 

Travel Insurance - covers delays and lost baggage.  This insurance IS NOT required for trip participation.

 

CFAR Travel Insurance (Cancel For Any Reason) - covers delays, lost baggage, and any reason for trip cancellation by the individual.  This insurance IS NOT required for trip participation.  Typically only covers 75% of non-reimbursed trip costs and must be taken out shortly after trip sign-up.  Details vary by provider.

 

Overseas Medical Insurance with Covid19 Coverage - covers medical issues that develop during the trip. This insurance IS required for all trip participants.  We have had positive experiences in the past with SevenCorners.com, though each participant is free to choose coverage from the provider of their choice as long as their coverage includes Covid19 coverage.

 

NOTE: Due to the possibility of Covid affecting the 2022 trip (and based off of the impact of Covid on the Summer 2020 trip), you will be contacted prior to disbursement of your funds for your international and intra-european flights to confirm your travel.

 

NOTE: The above information is current as of December 2021. This document will be updated if there are changes.