In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, we are doing all we can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that we have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the needed peace of mind during your travels in these new times.
If you are travelling with us soon, you can stay informed with up-to-date information on COVID-19 travel regulations, quarantine policies and more here.
The health and safety of our guests and our team members is our highest priority. From December 1 2021, AAT Kings in Australia and New Zealand will require all eligible travellers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Guests travelling with AAT Kings in Australia and New Zealand will need to provide proof of the following to their Travel Director upon arrival, and before joining their tour:
- Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate* (electronic or paper showing date and time of vaccination(s) with final dose given at least 15 days before departing for this trip
- Please check the relevant Government websites for Australia and New Zealand for the latest entry requirements
- Guests will also need to comply with specific requirements imposed by airlines and/ or governments which may differ from the above
- Excludes AAT Kings Day Tours and Short Breaks
Any testing that is required pre travel will be the responsibility of the guest to organise, as these requirements will be in accordance with airline policies, and the entry requirements of the destination you are travelling to. During your tour, your Travel Director will facilitate any mandatory testing and this will be done with as little impact as possible to your experience. This testing will be at the expense of the guest. Any testing required post travel will again be the responsibility of the guest to organise.
You will be asked to show an authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (electronic or paper showing date and time of the vaccination(s)) with the final dose given at least 15 days before the start of your tour, to your Travel Director upon arrival and before joining the tour. We recommend taking a picture of any paper vaccination certificates in case of loss of the original.
AAT Kings highly recommends you obtain travel insurance to cover situations such as these. Unexpected events can happen when you travel, like an accident or illness during your trip (such as Covid-19), which can bring additional personal risks and costs. Please be sure you are covered for the complete dates of your tour and please validate that you have the appropriate level of coverage in the currency for your country of origin, in the following categories: Trip interruption; (to cover the cost of your trip, including air); Trip Delay; Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation; Medical Expenses from illness (covering individual or pandemic event; etc. Any costs incurred for having to quarantine will be your and/or your insurance provider’s responsibility, which is why we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance before your tour begins.
Depending on the airline you travel with, you may be required to show proof of vaccination and/or testing, and similarly the destination you are travelling to may have specific requirements with regards to the vaccine and / or testing.
Please check the relevant Australia and New Zealand Government websites for the latest entry requirements.
Regardless of what vaccine you received overseas or in Australia or New Zealand, restrictions may still apply at Australia or New Zealand’s border, and within Australia. This means that unless you’re travelling from a quarantine-free location, you may still need to go through managed isolation on arrival to Australia or New Zealand. You may also be required to have a pre-departure test.
For Domestic travel within Australia and New Zealand, please refer to the Australian and New Zealand Government approved vaccination schedule.
In terms of travelling with AAT Kings, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance ahead of your tour that covers you for unexpected events including trip interruption, accident and illness (such as Covid-19). You will also need to fill out our pre-travel Travel Declaration for Guided Holidays or COVID-19 check-in for Day Tours and Short Breaks. In terms of testing requirements, vaccine passports etc, most countries (and states/territories within Australia) are still evolving what their requirements will be, and you should check the relevant government websites for the latest information. The cost will depend on the country you are travelling to and their specific testing requirements.
If you test positive for Covid-19 prior to flying home, you will need to quarantine in that country for the required number of days as stipulated by your local government. In this situation, your Travel Director and our support team behind the scenes will defer to the advice of the local authorities, but please be assured we will be able to make necessary arrangements for your accommodations, keep in touch with you and support you until you are able to return home. Any costs incurred for having to quarantine will be your and/or your insurance provider’s responsibility, which is why we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance before your tour begins.
If you test positive upon re-entering your home country once your trip is complete, you will need to follow the guidelines as stipulated by your local government.
Based on current vaccine supply predictions we expect that our Travel Directors will be fully vaccinated when you travel with us.
Fully vaccinated means that it has been two weeks since you have received your second vaccination (in the case of vaccines including Pfizer and AstraZeneca).
No. Government authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in use do not cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
AAT Kings will require all eligible travellers on Australian and New Zealand Guided Holidays aged 16 years and over, and customer facing team members, be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 from 1 December 2021. Children age 5-15 years, who are unable to be vaccinated, will require a verifiable negative test result for COVID-19 (electronic or paper showing date and time of test) taken within 72 hours prior to tour departure.
All eligible travellers on Australian and New Zealand Guided Holidays aged 16 years and over, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Children under 16 years of age are not eligible under current Australian guidelines and therefore will not be required to be vaccinated for Australia and New Zealand tours. However, children age 5-15 years, who are unable to be vaccinated, will require a verifiable negative test result for COVID-19 (electronic or paper showing date and time of test) taken within 72 hours prior to tour departure.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and you have now met the criteria to end isolation, you may join our tours with documentation of your negative test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel or to return to work.
We highly recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover situations such as this. If you test positive prior to travel, you should self-isolate and follow the instructions from your local health authority. You will be unable to join your tour with a positive COVID-19 test.
AAT Kings has clearly outlined protocols in place and would additionally work with local authorities in the event of an outbreak on tour. Our Travel Directors have also been fully briefed and trained in this regard.
We highly recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover situations such as these. Please be sure you are covered for the complete dates of your tour and validate that you have the appropriate level of coverage for Trip Interruption; (to cover the cost of your trip, including air); Trip Delay; Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation; and Medical Expenses from illness (covering individual or pandemic event; etc.)
Your Travel Director will not be able to check you in for your Guided Holiday until your COVID-19 vaccination status has been established.