Keeping everyone healthy has always been our top priority, especially during this time.

This is a dynamic operating environment for the adventure travel industry and requirements continue to evolve globally.  We are monitoring the ever-changing situation with COVID-19 and the impact to travel around the world.

The safety and wellbeing of our travellers, staff, local hosts and communities will remain our priority and our all our trips will be run in a responsible way. We are working closely with our partners around the globe to ensure new standards are implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19.

We are implementing the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines  and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols across all our tours. We will continue to update our protocols for all tours in accordance with local, state/provincial, federal, and international regulations and guidelines.

Before travelling, either within your own country or internationally, we recommend you check your government’s travel advisory, the Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organization website for the most up to date information about destinations and permitted travel from each country.

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and limit the risk of infection, we will be implementing pre-trip screening procedures, increased on-trip sanitization and personal hygiene, and maintaining physical distancing guidelines while on a trip whenever possible.

 

 

PRE-TRIP SCREENING

All women on our international trips are required to be vaccinated  for COVID-19.*

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

If you are flying, there will be screening protocols in place when embarking and disembarking your flights. If you are travelling internationally, there may be additional protocols and conditions in place at the border when passing through customs and it is your responsibility to be prepared for any conditions put in place by the country  you are visiting.

We will require our tour leaders and guides to get vaccinated in those regions where vaccines are accessible to them. In countries where vaccines are not accessible to them, tour leaders and guides will be tested prior to the trips and will apply appropriate protocols including the use of masks and distancing.

* Vaccinations are strongly recommended but may not required for domestic travellers in (Canada and US) trips based on local health advisory and risk assessment. Information will be posted on our website for domestic (Canada and US) trips that require all participants to be vaccinated and/or tested for COVID-19


STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING

We need your help in ensuring we all stay healthy and well. In advance of the tour we will ask you to read, agree to and embrace the points outlined in our COVID statement of understanding which is designed to ensure we are all on the same page and working together to keep each other healthy and well.

You will be asked to complete a pre-trip screening questionnaire pre-trip or upon arrival at the trip rendezvous. This questionnaire will ask if you have experienced any flu-like symptoms, or if you have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Any staff or participant who has been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or who has experienced any flu-like symptoms within 14 days of the scheduled trip departure will be required to take a COVID-19 Virus or Antigen test and will be asked to share the results of the test before starting the trip.

We advise all trip participants to secure Cancel For any Reason coverage and health insurance

If you’d like to know more about a trip specifically and our extensive COVID trip management plan for that destination please contact support@wildwomenexpeditions.com.

If you are an existing client, your trip package will detail the COVID safety plan according to the destination.

 

PREVENTING THE SPREAD

To ensure everyone’s health and safety while on trip, participants will be asked to follow sanitization measures at all times including:

  • Hand Hygiene, Respiratory Hygiene, Food Handling, Handling Personal Equipment, and following instructions from your guide or team leader who has been trained to ensure COVID-19 health and safety protocols are followed properly.
  • In addition, all of our ground operators will be providing specific cleaning details for equipment, accommodations, transportation and dining facilities. Hand sanitizer will be provided wherever possible in accommodations, restaurants, and in vehicles.

 


PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Wild Women Expeditions will adhere to physical distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this time. Examples of physical distancing protocol include:

  • Providing solo tents to women who prefer not to share with a roommate (i.e. if they are travelling alone)
  • Working closely with accommodation providers to ensure single room upgrades are available to all who prefer this option
  • Women sharing rooms will maintain the same roommate throughout the trip
  • Only vaccinated trip participants will be permitted to share accommodation if travelling solo
  • Reminding all participants to maintain a 2m distance between anyone they are in contact with during the trip
  • Assigning every other seat in transportation, if possible
  • Masks may be advised to be worn whenever 2m physical distancing cannot be maintained and must be worn while inside vehicles with other participants.
  • Avoiding crowds wherever possible


FAQS

Who is required to be vaccinated before they can join a trip?

From 1 September 2021, everyone travelling on an WWE international trip must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

Are children required to be vaccinated?

Children between 6 and 17 years of age are exempt from the mandatory vaccination policy that comes into effect from 1 September 2021.

In order to join a WWE trip, they must provide:

Proof of vaccination status (for children who are eligible); or

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of your trip; or

Proof of recovery from COVID-19 (a medical clearance certificate from a medical professional)

What vaccines do you recognise?

We recognise any vaccine that has been authorised for use by the relevant national authority for COVID-19 in the country where the vaccine was administered.

This includes well known vaccines such as Oxford AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNtech, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Covaxin.

What is required for proof of vaccination?

A copy of your vaccination record (either paper or digital) is required.

For example,
an  NHS card with batch number (UK travellers)
CDC vaccination record (USA travellers)
Eu Digital COVID Pass (EU travellers)

You will be required to present this proof at the group meeting on day 1 of your trip.

When do I need to get vaccinated before travelling?

You must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect.

Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

We will not accept travellers on trips who have received only a partial dose (for example, one part of a two-dose vaccination) of a vaccine.

Do I need to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test to fly with an airline or transit through an airport?

You are advised to check with the relevant airlines, airports and government authorities to check their entry, exit and transit requirements.

Which countries/destinations require proof of a negative COVID-19 test as a condition of entry?

Government regulations are constantly evolving – you are advised to check entry requirements with the relevant government agencies regarding entry, exit and transit requirements.

Do I need travel insurance, even if I have proof of a negative COVID-19 test or am fully vaccinated?

Yes, emergency health travel insurance is a requirement for all* WWE trips. Your travel insurance details must be provided in advance of your trip start.
*Except for domestic travellers travelling in their own country

Will WWE store my COVID-19 test result or vaccination records?

No, we will not keep a copy of any traveller vaccination or test records. We will sight the relevant documentation at the group meeting.

Any information regarding traveller health will be kept securely and retained for a period required under our retention schedules in compliance with privacy laws and regulations.

Are you discriminating against people who do not get a vaccine, are aged over 70, or those with pre-existing medical conditions?

Our highest priority is the health and safety of our travellers, leaders, crew, suppliers, and local communities.

We have a duty of care to ensure our travellers safety. By making the decision that travellers with an elevated risk of serious disease from COVID-19 must be vaccinated prior to travel with us, we are reducing the risk of harm to those travellers.

In addition, as an ethical tour operator, we have a responsibility to ensure that we are not adding additional and avoidable strain to any country’s healthcare system.
Will we need to wear face coverings?

As a general rule, much of our expedition is spent outside, whether that is ashore in small groups for hiking or kayaking, or out on the various decks of the ship to view wildlife and landscapes. Therefore, our style of touring naturally allows for social distancing. However, you may be required to wear a face covering while indoors and when social distancing is not possible in accordance with local regulations.