We will not require participants to show proof they were vaccinated, but we highly recommend participants be vaccinated against COVID-19 and be up-to-date with all required and recommended vaccinations, including seasonal influenza vaccination. Cruise lines, local government authorities and other entities may have their own vaccination policies, which may require proof of vaccination, so we will do our best to keep Road Scholar participants informed of any requirements before travelling.
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 highly recommends participants 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
We’ve put a lot of thought into this question. Ultimately, nearly 100% of participants surveyed told us they either have gotten, or intend to get, the COVID-19 vaccine, so we are confident participants are taking the proper precautions on their own. Having said that, please know that cruise lines, local government authorities and other entities may have their own vaccination policies, which may require proof of vaccination, so we will do our best to keep Road Scholar participants informed of any requirements before travelling.
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.
No, we will not require you to submit a negative COVID-19 test result or any proof of health before joining the program.
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.
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 any other communicable illness, they will be required to immediately self-isolate and notify the Group Leader. The Group Leader will then contact a doctor to diagnose the illness and advise accordingly. Anyone who is sick or possibly contagious may be required to return home, both for their health and the welfare of the group. If a participant has a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow the guidance and requirements of the local governing board of health, which may include self-isolation or quarantine. If a program is cut short due to these requirements as a result of a confirmed case of COVID-19, all participants will receive a pro-rated credit towards a future Road Scholar program. Please note that we will assist in every way we can to ensure everyone receives the help and support they require; however, any expenses for testing, medical treatment, transportation or extended self-isolation would be covered by the individual and not Road Scholar.
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.