Travel Notes

Navigating travel requirements – it’s easier than you think

Oct 22, 2021

Welcome back to the blog, travelers! Today we’re talking about travel requirements – a hot topic among directors, parents and well, pretty much everyone these days. Our team has been traveling consistently this year, so we’ve had a front row seat to the changing requirements in destinations across the country. Our big takeaway? Even as requirements change, navigating them is much easier than it may seem. Here’s the full scoop:

Only select destinations have specific requirements.

Most destinations are back to business as usual and are ready for your visit whenever you are. Select destinations – New York City, New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco, thus far – have more specific vaccination or testing requirements for restaurants and attractions. Our Health and Safety Team (the leaders of our BRT Cares program) are on top of it, reviewing each new mandate or requirement as they’re released, so our groups can hit the road with no surprises.

International destinations have always been this way.

While health requirements are new to many, anyone who’s ever traveled abroad knows that different countries have always had different policies. Specific vaccines have been required in certain countries for decades – places like China, Peru and Kenya are just a few of the countries that require proof of vaccination. We’ve been navigating international travel requirements for nearly 40 years, so none of this is new to us. The key is staying on top of changing requirements, which is part of our process.

It’s totally worth it.

Health requirements may be changing, but our years of experience and constant, open communication make navigating those changes a breeze. Students have missed out on so much in the last two years; a new policy or process shouldn’t stand in the way of an incredible travel experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. Traveling in this season of their lives and this moment in history also helps them become better travelers and more educated global citizens. Giving your students the opportunity to experience how different parts of the United States and the world are responding to this season is an education in itself!

If you’ve got a trip on the calendar and have questions about the requirements in your group’s destination, rest assured that we’re already on it and ready to answer those questions. If you’re still on the fence about booking a travel experience for your students, we’re here to help walk you through that process. Reach out today and we’ll get started.

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