The team at Atlantic Tours & Travel welcome 2021! 2020 has changed the world as we know it. While thankful to turn the page, the fight to return to normality continues. As your travel specialist for the Atlantic Canada region and beyond, know that we are continually working to keep abreast of all health protocols for future safe travel. Our goal is to offer you; our travelling guest; with peace of mind while adhering to all provincial, national, and international travelling guidelines as updated. The arrival of vaccines gives us hope that we will once again be able to explore the many treasures this great world of ours has to offer.
The health and safety of our travelers has always been a #1 priority to Atlantic Tours and more so now than ever. To ensure your well-being and to provide peace of mind, we have created enhanced health and safety protocols for our tours as we move toward a responsible return to travel. As we continue to make changes, we will keep this page updated with our latest information.
We will do all we can to ensure our travelers' safety and health while on our tours, but we also need your help—by working together, we can create a safe and enjoyable travel experience for everyone.
For the greatest peace of mind and protection, we require all participants and Tour Director to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to their arrival on tour. We also require that all coach drivers and local step-on guides be similarly protected.
2) FACE MASKS
All participants and staff support must be in possession of masks and be prepared to wear them indoors and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained, on transport, or when requested by your Tour Director.
3) CLEANING GUIDELINES
All modes of transportation will be sanitized regularly, with all high-touch areas disinfected between each use. We will work closely with our restaurant and hotel partners to ensure they are following local sanitation guidelines and our standards. We will provide sanitizer when entering and leaving the motorcoach.
4) ITINERARY CHANGES & TOUR FLEXIBILITY
As we continue to keep up to date with local developments, we are in regular contact with our partners regarding possible adjustments to our tour itineraries. As things continue to evolve and we get closer to being able to operate again, we may need to make some changes to the activities or destinations included on your tour to comply with advice from local authorities or health and safety protocols. We will endeavor to keep travelers updated before departure. An open mind and sense of flexibility will help you get the most out of your tour.
PROVINCIAL FORMS FOR ATLANTIC CANADA
At this time, there are forms to be completed for entry into three of the Atlantic Canadian provinces dependent on point of origin and the links are below. The links are updated regularly.
• Nova Scotia: travel-declaration
• PEI: pei-pass
• Newfoundland: Travel Form (nlchi.nl.ca)
The industry support link can provide up to date information per province:
Industry Support | Destination Canada
DOING YOUR PART
We will be relying upon our travellers to do their part to heed the advice and instructions provided pre-trip, and from our Tour Directors and local partners at destination. It is up to all of us to ensure that we embark on future adventures with respect and consideration for one another and those we encounter along the way. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring a safe and rewarding experience for all and a happy and healthy return home.
What if I am paid-in-full and my tour is cancelled at late notice due to Covid-related problems?
We will endeavour to provide a full refund/credit for cancelled tour-related services; ancillary services such as flights will be governed by the suppliers' policies.
Will Atlantic Tours require proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate?
We will not require proof of vaccination in advance of the program, however participants must bring their vaccination card, a copy of the card, or an electronic verification to show proof when travelling to and during the tour. You must also be prepared to attest in advance that you will be fully vaccinated prior to the tour.
Will Atlantic Tours require a negative COVID-19 test in order to participate?
No, we will not require you to submit a negative COVID-19 test result or any proof of health before joining the tour. Specific locations and entities, however, 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 and those of the airline with which they are travelling.
What happens if I get sick on tour?
Should a participant become ill on tour, they should immediately notify the Tour Director, who will assist in obtaining medical attention. If a participant develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they will be required to immediately self-isolate, both for their health and the welfare of the group. The Tour Director will contact a local doctor so he/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 will remain in self-isolation until they are evaluated by a medical professional who determines their condition is not contagious and clears them to resume group activities. Any costs associated with catching up with the tour will be borne by the participant or claimed against travel insurance as coverages allow. 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 Tour Directors 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, 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.
Many thanks for your patience, understanding, and ongoing support as we all become familiar with new protocols and procedures.
Please note that these measures are subject to change at any time and may be different in certain areas due to local restrictions, or altered as new information about the virus becomes available.
You may continue to reach our team during regular business hours of Monday – Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm Atlantic Standard Time
Stay safe and stay well!
Richard Arnold, CTC
Director of Fun & President