Yes. While we will not require participants to submit proof of vaccination in advance of the program, participants must bring their original vaccination card to the program to demonstrate proof of vaccination. Participants who are unable to demonstrate proof of vaccination will not be permitted to participate in 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 all 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 Information and Reasons to be Vaccinated
Will children be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Yes. Effective for programs beginning January 1, 2022, all children attending Grandparent and Family programs will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to their program. Like adults, children will also be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination on the program, so they or their adult companion must bring the child's original vaccination card to the program.
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.
No, we will not require vaccinated participants to submit a negative COVID-19 test result for the majority of our programs. However, some of our program partners may require participants to produce a negative test result. If that is the case, participants will be notified with ample time to be tested prior to departure.
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 COVID-19 test if necessary. Please also be aware that per CDC regulations, all air passengers arriving in the United States will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to return into the United States.
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 and the type of test to take by clicking this link.
I need to take a COVID-19 test. What type of test should I get?
The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test, which looks for current infection. The viral test could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Rapid tests are acceptable as long as they are a viral test (antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification).
A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) and must include the full name of the person, type of test (antigen or NAAT test), entity issuing the result, collection date, and the test result. You can find more information about type of test to take by clicking this link.
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, cruise lines or our program partners, may have their own requirements. Because rules and guidance can change at any time, it is up to the participant to be aware of and abide by all applicable guidelines and the rules. As always, Road Scholar expects participants only to attend programs if they are healthy and feeling well.
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 help the participant get a tested, or contact a local doctor so he or she can evaluate the participant's symptoms and provide appropriate 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 must remain in self-isolation until either they test negative for COVID-19, or are evaluated by a medical professional who determines their condition is not contagious and clears them to resume group activities, at which time they may return to the group. 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 quarantine, are the sole responsibility of the participant.
We therefore strongly recommend Road Scholar’s optional Trip Protection Plan, which provides financial protection in case of program cancellation, interruption or travel delay. It also provides limited coverage for unexpected expenses you may incur if you are required to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test. For example, if you are forced to quarantine by a country, state or local public health authority because you test positive COVID-19, or because a fellow participant on your program contracted COVID-19, the plan can help cover some of the costs associated with your mandated quarantine, such as accommodation and meal expenses. Please note that the quarantine coverage in Road Scholar’s optional Trip Protection Plan is limited, and is not intended to cover costs arising from any government-mandated quarantine that is required for travelers arriving into a country.
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.