COVID-19 VACCINE HUB
All the need-to-knows about our COVID -19 Vaccine Policy*.
We’re about to drop the C word...
Covid. Last year, we introduced our COVID-19 Vaccine Policy* for all trips. Since then, the travel landscape has changed. So what’s the update?
If you’re travelling with us on or before 31 December 2022, you’ll still need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The only exception is if you’re medically exempt from having the vaccine.
Booking a trip from 1 January 2023 onwards? You no longer need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel with us.
BUT bear in mind some countries and airlines will have different requirements – it’s your responsibility to keep up to date with these (Google is your friend).
Travelling on or before 31 December 2022?
Check your vax status
I’m fully vaccinated (or soon will be): if you’ll be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before your trip begins, you’re good to go! You’ll just need to show proof of this to your Trip Leader on the day your trip departs. Please bring an electronic and/or printed copy of your vaccination status showing your full name (the one on your passport, obvs) and the date your last required dose of the vaccine was given – which must be at least 14 days before departure.
I’m medically exempt: if you’re unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons, you’ll need to provide us with a few things before your trip begins. This will include a copy of an official government exemption, or a letter from your doctor, emailed to us at least 14 days before your trip departs. You’ll also need to take a PCR test three days before your trip and email us the result. If we do not receive these within the given time – or your PCR test result is positive – you will not be able to travel with us. Please also bring electronic and/or printed copies of your medical exemption and negative PCR test result with you on your trip.
I’ve not been vaccinated: if you’ve not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and you’re not exempt for medical reasons, we look forward to welcoming you on a Topdeck trip from 1 January 2023!
Head to our FAQ page for all the answers to your COVID-19 questions. Wanna know what else we’re doing to help keep you safe on the road? Our Travel Safely page has got that covered. And when the sh*t hits the fan and your plans need to change? Our extra-flexible booking policies are here for you. Hit up the links below to find out more.
Now for the small print
Standard Terms & Conditions
Please note: our COVID-19 Vaccine Policy is part of our standard booking terms and conditions. For our full T&Cs click here.
*COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Terms & Conditions
COVID-19: Proof of vaccination required when travelling on or before 31 December. The following is an important condition to your participation on the trip: if your trip departs on or before 31 December 2022 you must be fully vaccinated to travel with Topdeck, unless you are exempt. You must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status to your Trip Leader at the point of trip departure. Proof of your vaccination status must include your name (matching your passport) and the date on which your final vaccine was administered (which must be at least 14 days prior to your date of departure).
You will be exempt from the requirement to provide proof of your vaccination status if you have a medical reason which means you cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19. You must provide us with proof of your medical exemption by email no later than 14 days prior to your date of departure. Your email must attach a copy of an official government exemption or, alternatively, a letter from a doctor stating that you have been advised against receiving a COVID 19 vaccine on medical grounds.
In addition, if you are claiming an exemption, you must take a PCR COVID-19 test within three days prior to departure and receive a negative result. The results of your PCR test must also be emailed to us prior to your date of departure. There is no requirement to send us any PCR test results if you are fully vaccinated (although please note some countries may require this on entry/exit).
You will be refused entry on the trip and full cancellation fees will be applied if: (i) you cannot show proof of your full vaccination status at the point of trip departure; or (ii) you do not email us proof of your exempt status and negative PCR results within the timeframes specified above. If your trip departs on or after 1 January 2023, there is no requirement to be vaccinated to travel with us. However, it is your responsibility to comply with airline and government vaccine requirements that may be applicable to the country you are travelling to.