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We have complied answers to some of the most commonly asked questions below.  Please note that this section will be updated regularly to reflect any changes to guidelines or regulations. 

Will VBR be providing personal protective equipment to all travelers?

We recommend that all travelers bring their own PPE - including masks, face shields, gloves and/or hand sanitizer -  to ensure they are comfortable while traveling.

What requirements are in place with your suppliers (i.e. hotels, ships, motor coaches, rail operators, etc.)?

Our suppliers share our commitment to keep you healthy and have pledged that they are following federal and local requirements. Be advised that health and safety requirements vary from one location to the next and can change with little or no notice.

Should I expect that parts of my itinerary may be changed or altered?

If we are made aware of any material impact to your itinerary because of COVID-19 restrictions, your Rail Specialist will proactively contact you via email or phone to communicate the change(s). If you have not been contacted, you can assume that your tour is operating.

What are the current health requirements for VBR travelers?

All travelers are required to self-certify that they are healthy and fit to travel. Escorted tour participants must complete and sign our waiver of liability prior to joining the tour. Please note that regulations and requirements are continually changing and vary at the country, state and local level. 

Does VBR require a vaccine or negative COVID-19 test?

At this time, Vacations By Rail is not requiring guests to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination in order to travel. Following the guidance and recommendations of national and local agencies, we have implemented safety and sanitation protocols such as enhanced cleaning, face coverings, physical distancing and frequent hand washing/sanitization to ensure the health and safety of our travelers while on tour. Protocols and procedures are subject to change at any time and vary by country, supplier and itinerary and in some situations, proof of vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test may be required for participation.

What happens if someone gets sick while traveling?

Customers who are feeling unwell and/or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are urged to stay home, self-isolate and seek medical attention. Travelers feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms while traveling on an escorted tour should notify his/her Tour Manager immediately. Tour Managers will isolate the guest(s) from the group and help them seek medical attention. Independent travelers are urged to follow the CDC and local government guidelines, self-isolate and seek medical attention.

What happens if the Tour Manager is unwell?

If the Tour Manager is feeling ill or has symptoms of a serious illness, s/he will advise VBR and immediately self-isolate. VBR will arrange for a substitute Tour Manager to join the group as soon as possible to minimize disruption to the tour. 

If someone tests positive for COVID-19 after the tour returns, will VBR notify all participants?

Absolutely! If Vacations By Rail receives notification that a traveler has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14-days of their return, we will notify any travelers with whom s/he may have come in contact.