Health & Safety
While the world has changed, your health and safety remain our biggest priority. A worry-free experience for our guests is very important to us, and with a few changes and new protocols, you can continue to enjoy peace-of-mind while traveling.
The following pillars address our guidelines to provide a safe and clean environment for you and our team.
Along with introducing enhanced protocols to keep everyone safe, we ask that you take personal responsibility for your health. This begins with packing any personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies you may need. Please follow physical distancing and hygiene guidelines before departure, and follow all health instructions including local signage and requests from your Tour Director while on tour. Based on CDC guidelines, YMT Vacations will be requiring the use of masks where it is mandated by local guidelines. You can observe suggested safety precautions by following CDC guidelines:
- Wash your hands often
- Use Masks to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines
- Get Tested for COVID-19 If Needed
- Follow Recommendations for What to Do If You Have Been Exposed
- Stay Home If You Have Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
We ask that you follow CDC guidelines prior to your trip, including staying home if you feel ill. Please monitor your health throughout your tour and notify your Tour Director immediately if you feel unwell. Any guest who develops symptoms of Covid-19 during a tour will be tested with a rapid test. Any guest who tests positive for Covid-19, or refuses to be tested, will not be able to continue the tour and no refund will be provided.
All guests traveling with YMT Vacations through December 31, 2022, are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which may include a booster shot to keep the vaccination status current and valid, depending on the travel destination.
Beginning January 1, 2023, while we highly recommend Covid-19 vaccinations, boosters, and pre-travel Covid-19 testing, they will no longer be required for guests traveling with YMT Vacations. Please note that guests will need to comply with specific vaccine, testing and any booster requirements imposed by airlines and/or destination requirements, which may still apply.
This policy may change without notice based on guidance from health organizations, government agencies, and/or operational needs. No refunds will be given if guests are unable to undertake some or all of their vacation due to their failure to comply with these requirements. Any additional costs for quarantine or to return home are the guest's responsibility. We highly recommend all guests purchase travel insurance.
We will provide you with more details prior to departure. Additionally, we will keep you up to date with any additional pre-departure destination and partner requirements and have provided links to partner websites so you can monitor the latest updates.
Our third-party suppliers including airlines, hotels, motor coaches, and cruise lines have stated that they are implementing enhanced cleaning procedures. Additionally, your Tour Director will have an emergency supply of face masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies to supplement should the need arise.
We have increased our levels of training for Tour Directors. They will be thoroughly trained on all our new health and safety policies. Tour Directors will monitor the hygiene practices of our guests, reacting and advising as needed for the continued safety of everyone.
In addition to our third party suppliers, we have also been actively engaged with global travel organizations, like USTOA, TourCare and WTTC, to follow the health and safety protocols set throughout the travel industry.
TourCare are health and sanitation guidelines developed by the tour industry's major global associations: the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), The Canadian Association of Tour Operators (CATO) and the European Tourism Association (ETOA). YMT incorporates these guidelines that encourage their members to adhere to the highest standards in the industry.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has produced new global Safe Travels protocols for use by the Travel & Tourism sector as best practice guidelines. The global protocols were developed in collaboration with WTTC Members, leading industry associations & international organizations. They take into account the current guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).