No, we will not require vaccinated, adult participants to submit a negative COVID-19 test result or any proof of health before joining the program. However, unvaccinated children participating in our Grandparent and Family programs will need to provide proof of a negative test. Additionally, for participants travelling abroad, as country entry requirements are constantly changing, we highly recommend all participants get tested within 72 hours of departing the U.S. and be prepared to present proof of a negative test if necessary.
We will not require participants to submit proof of vaccination in advance of the program, but participants must bring their vaccination card to demonstrate proof of vaccination when travelling and during the program.
A Road Scholar program is a small, intimate group experience, and being vaccinated is vital to protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities from illness. We are guided by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which states that being vaccinated for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases not only protects yourself and those close to you, it helps reduce spread of the disease in communities. For these simple yet crucial reasons, Road Scholar requires participants and Group Leaders to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and be up-to-date with all required and recommended vaccinations. For more information about the importance of vaccination, please visit:
CDC Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC Reasons for Adults to be Vaccinated
Should I carry my original vaccination card when traveling, or will a copy or an electronic version be sufficient?
Participants should always travel with their original vaccination card. We also recommend that participants scan or photograph their cards and keep a digital copy somewhere that’s easily accessible should they lose or misplace their original card.
Will children be required to wear face masks?
For our Summer 2021 Grandparent and Family programs, children who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear masks in certain settings, including when indoors and outside when proper social distancing can’t be maintained. Additional information about safety measures we are currently planning for our Summer 2021 Grandparent and Family programs will be communicated to participants prior to their program.
You will need to bring several of your own face coverings. Hand sanitizer will be available for you to use when boarding and disembarking motorcoaches, but we ask you also bring your own supply.
Specific locations and entities, such as states, countries or cruise lines, may have their own requirements. Because official rules and guidance can change at any time, it is up to the participant to be aware of the rules of the destination they are travelling to. As always, Road Scholar expects participants only to attend programs if they are healthy and feeling well.
Yes. For as long as this is a requirement, for all programs outside of the United States, your Group Leader will help you get a COVID-19 test before your flight home. The cost of this test is not included in the cost of the program and will need to be paid by participants. You can find more information about this requirement by clicking this link.
Should a participant become ill during a program, they should immediately notify the Group Leader, who will assist in obtaining medical attention. If a participant develops symptoms of illness such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or experience any other signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses, they will be required to immediately self-isolate, both for their health and the health, safety and welfare of the group. The Group Leader will then contact a local doctor so he or she can evaluate the participant's symptoms, diagnose the illness, and provide appropriate information and guidance regarding treatment and care.
Participants who are ill and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not be permitted to rejoin the program and remain in self-isolation until either they are evaluated by a medical professional who determines their condition is not contagious, and clears them to resume group activities, or they test negative for COVID-19. If a participant has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or other communicable and contagious disease, we will follow the guidance and requirements of the local medical and health authorities.
Because participants and Group Leaders will be vaccinated against COVID-19, it is unlikely a program will be interrupted or terminated due to a government-mandated quarantine order. However, in the event a program is cut short due to quarantine, all participants will be issued a pro-rated credit towards a future Road Scholar program. Please note that in such circumstances we will do our best to ensure everyone receives the help and support they may need. However, participants should be aware that all expenses for medical treatment, as well as additional food, lodging, or transportation expenses due to extended self-isolation or quarantine, are the sole responsibility of the participant.
Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. Click here to learn more about Road Scholar’s commitment to our participants’ well-being and the steps you can take to keep yourself healthy when traveling.