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    EF Go Ahead Tours currently requires that all tour participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must have proof of negative results for a COVID-19 test
    taken within 72-hours before departure. These requirements are in addition to any destination requirements listed below due to US Department of State and CDC guidance, the wellbeing of the group, and/or operational feasibility.

    The United States to Switzerland

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    No proof of COVID-19 test results for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers who have a vaccination certificate recognized by Switzerland are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before travel. Please check the proof of vaccination recommendation for more details.

    Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
    Masks are mandatory in public

    Travelers aged 12 years and older must wear masks on public transportation, indoors, events, and in public places where the physical distance of 1.5 meters can not be maintained.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory health pass for public activityNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    Travelers aged 16 years and older must have proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test for COVID-19 in order to enter events, festivals, bars, restaurants, museums, and other venues and activities in Switzerland. If you have been vaccinated, you can either show a recognized non-Swiss certificate or you can have a Swiss COVID certificate issued. You will be issued with the COVID certificate on the application on paper or as a PDF document with a QR code. With the COVID Certificate app, you can host your COVID certificate on your mobile device. If you are unvaccinated, you must have a test, and if the result is negative you can then be issued with a COVID certificate. Your personal details on the COVID certificate should correspond with those in your passport or on your ID card.

    Mandatory entry formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers, including those in transit, must fill up an entry form before entering Switzerland. The form can be completed 48 hours before entry at the earliest.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Vaccinated travelers must have become fully vaccinated in the last 12 months before travel with a vaccine authorized for travel to Switzerland such as Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and others. Travelers from a country outside of the EU and that have made an agreement with the Swiss government to accept foreign vaccination certificates may provide a vaccination certificate issued in those countries. Currently, vaccination certificates are also accepted from these countries Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Vatican City, Israel, Monaco, Morocco, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Turkey, and Ukraine. Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers. Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof.

    Switzerland to France

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    No proof of COVID-19 test results required for transitNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers connecting through France are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test result, provided they transit a maximum of 24 hours and they don't leave the airport.

    Masks are mandatory in closed public places

    Travelers must wear masks in enclosed public places and on public transport.

    No proof of negative COVID-19 test results for vaccinated travelers NEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from selected countries are not required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling to France.

    Documents needed

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit or transit through, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Mandatory health pass for public activityNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    Travelers over the age of 17 will require a health pass to cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, hospitals, retirement homes, medico-social establishments, places of leisure and culture, to travel by plane, train, and coach for long-distance journeys. The health pass consists of digital (via TousAntiCovid app) or paper proof of one of the following: -Proof of vaccination. Travelers with foreign vaccination certificates may upload their certificate in advance in the French COVID certificate platform (please check "see instructions" for more details); -Proof of a negative test a maximum of the last 72 hours. Foreign nationals must take a test in France, which will generate a temporary QR code valid for 72 hours; -Recovery from COVID-19 dated at least 11 days ago in the previous 6 months. Please see the source for instructions regarding setup and document uploads.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers must have proof of vaccination to enter France. Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are accepted. These are Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (Covishield), or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). French authorities also accept the following vaccine combinations: AstraZeneca/Pfizer Cominarty - AstraZeneca/Moderna and Pfizer/Moderna. Fully vaccinated travelers are: -7 days after the last shot for 2-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield)); -4 weeks after receiving a 1-shot vaccine (Johnson & Johnson); -7 days after the shot for vaccines administered to travelers who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary); -7 days after a booster mRNA dose (Moderna or Pfizer) after 2 shots of a vaccine on the WHO’s health emergencies list (Sinovac/Coronavac or Sinopharm/BBIB-PVeroCells). Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof.

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit France for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Mandatory health declaration formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are required to fill a health declaration form before traveling to France.

    France to Italy

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    Masks are mandatory in public

    Travelers must wear masks in enclosed public places or when it is not possible to maintain a safe distance.

    No proof of negative COVID-19 test results for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers who have been in selected countries in the previous 14 days before traveling to Italy are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before arrival.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory passenger locator formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must fill in the digital Passenger Locator Form before travel. Travelers without digital devices can fill a paper form.

    Mandatory pre-registration form for PugliaNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers arriving in Puglia must present a completed health declaration form prior to arrival. This form is only required for travelers entering the region of Puglia.

    Recommended pre-registration form for SicilyNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers arriving at Palermo airport in Sicily are recommended to present a completed health declaration form prior to arrival. This form is only required for travelers entering Sicily.

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit Italy for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Mandatory health pass for Rome airport NEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are only allowed to access the security area of Rome FCO airport upon presentation of COVID-19 Green Pass certification or equivalent (EU Digital certificate, proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or negative COVID-19 test results performed in the previous 48 hours).

    Mandatory health pass for public activityNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    The Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass is required to access some locations and participate in certain social activities such as indoor seated dining at restaurants and bars, museums, exhibitions, cultural sites, sporting events, swimming pools, gyms, concerts, fairs, conferences, amusement parks, and other venues. The Digital COVID Certificate is also mandatory in most public transportation such as ships and ferries, InterCity and high-speed rail, buses, and coaches. The EU Digital COVID Certificate and CDC “white cards" are accepted. Alternatively, travelers can provide a negative molecular COVID-19 PCR, certificate of recovery, or rapid antigen test result taken a maximum of 48 hours before entering a restaurant/museum, etc. Certificates are accepted in Italian, English, Spanish, or French and can be both digital or in paper copy.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers must bring proof of vaccination, or they may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers. Any vaccines authorized by the European Union are accepted, as long as 14 days have passed since the last dose. The certification of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the EMA: Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Vaxzevria, Jansen (Johnson & Johnson). The following vaccines are considered valid for the purpose of issuing the COVID-19 green certificate to Italian citizens, residents, and their family members: Covishield, R-CoVI (R-Pharm), and Covid-19 vaccine-recombinant (Fiocruz). Travelers that have received a combination of two different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information on accepted vaccine combinations. In addition to the EU digital COVID certificate and Green Certificate, certifications issued by health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, United Kingdom and United States are also accepted.

    Italy to Austria

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    No proof of negative COVID-19 test results for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination do not need to present negative COVID-19 test results.

    Masks are mandatory in public

    Travelers must wear masks in most indoor settings. The FFP2 mask is required in public transportation, cable cars, and all shops.

    Documents needed

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit Austria for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of having received all doses of the vaccine before travel. Travelers can also show proof of past infection, and 1 vaccination dose, received at least 22 days before travel. Travelers who do not have proof of vaccination in German or English must use the Austrian government official health certificate in either language to certify vaccination. Vaccines recognized to enter Austria are BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca (Covishield), Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac, and Sinopharm. - Travelers are allowed to enter if they have received mix-and-match vaccines. - Sinovac and Sinopharm are not valid for entering hotels, restaurants within Austria. Please see the source for more details on vaccine validity, and accepted vaccine combinations. Travelers have the option to present proof via EU Digital Certificate.

    Mandatory health pass for public activity

    Travelers are required to present a health pass to enter restaurants, hotels, etc. Travelers will need to show either a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or proof of vaccination. Sinovac/Sinopharm vaccine certificates are not valid for entering hotels, restaurants, etc. within Austria. Please see the source for more details.

    Austria to Germany

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    Masks are mandatory in public

    Travelers must wear masks on public transport, airports and in shops. Distancing rules must be respected and travelers must cover their faces using a surgical mask or FFP2 (or similar) mask.

    No proof of negative COVID-19 test results for transitNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are not required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to make a transit connection in Germany. Travelers may need to present proof indicating they are allowed to enter their destination country.

    No proof of negative COVID-19 test results for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to have negative COVID-19 test results before traveling to Germany.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers must have a vaccination certificate in paper or digital form. Proof of vaccination must be in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish. Travelers must have received their last vaccine dose required no less than 14 days before the travel date. Vaccines accepted are Pfizer/Comirnaty, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Travelers who recovered from COVID-19 will be considered fully vaccinated after receiving a single dose of the above-accepted vaccines. Travelers must show proof that they were infected with COVID-19 prior to being vaccinated. Travelers that have received a combination of two different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information on accepted vaccine combinations. Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof. Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers. This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 12.

    Health pass may be required for indoor activitiesNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    Travelers may be required to provide proof of vaccination, immunization, or negative COVID-19 test when visiting hospitals, nursing and care homes, and assisted living facilities for the disabled, as well as for access to indoor cafés and restaurants and at indoor events and celebrations, for personal care services, indoor sports and overnight accommodation. These documents are required in districts with COVID-19 incidence rates of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the past 7 days.

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit Germany for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Germany to The United States

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    Masks are mandatory on public transportation

    Travelers must wear masks on public transportation in the United States. Some states still require the use of masks in public places, please verify the regional requirements before traveling.

    Documents needed

    Proof of negative COVID-19 test resultsNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must have an original printed or electronic negative COVID-19 viral test result (NAAT: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, HDA, or Antigen: Rapid). The test must be performed no more than 3 days before the first scheduled departure time in the flight itinerary. If a traveler’s flight is at 1 pm on a Friday, the traveler could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after. Test results must include the traveler's full name and at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number. The test must also clearly state that the results are "negative," SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected," SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected," or "COVID-19 not detected." A test marked "invalid" is not acceptable. This requirement applies to all travelers, including US citizens, residents, and transit travelers, as well as travelers who have been vaccinated. Travelers may use a self-test (sometimes referred to as a home test) that meets the given criteria. Please check the source for more information. Some US states might have more strict rules regarding COVID-19 test types and where they must be administered. Please carefully review the rules before traveling to each state.

    Mandatory travel attestation form NEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must complete a travel attestation form before arrival. This form will be provided by the airline at check-in.