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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 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

    No proof of negative pre-departure 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.

    Children under the age of 12 do not need to be vaccinated if they are traveling with a parent who is fully vaccinated. For more details, please see the source.

    German Ministry of the Interior
    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 pre-departure COVID-19 test results for transitNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated 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.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory pre-registration formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers from selected countries must fill out a digital entry registration form a maximum of 3 days before arrival and carry their confirmation during travel. Travelers are recommended to submit their proof of vaccination/testing/recovery via the online portal before arrival to avoid quarantine.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers who transited through a risk area without a stopover, or who are only passing through Germany; -Travelers who spent less than 24 hours in a risk area, or who are only entering Germany for up to 24 hours, for the purpose of border traffic; -Travelers who are being brought to Germany to be treated from COVID-19 infection in a hospital; -Travelers who are staying for less than 72 hours in Germany or in a risk area (travelers who are entering the country to visit first-degree relatives, a spouse or life partner who does not form part of the same household, or on account of shared custody or a right of access); -Cross-border commuters or border crossers and their work is urgently required; -Transport personnel (if staying in an area of variants of concern in the last 10 days before arrival, this exemption does not apply to stays of longer than 72 hours); -Member of an official delegation, who are returning to Germany via the government terminal at Berlin Brandenburg Airport or Cologne/Bonn Airport and have spent less than 72 hours in a risk area; -Police or customs officers returning from an operation abroad; -Member of the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) or foreign armed forces.

    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 include Pfizer/Comirnaty, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, Nu­vax­ovid, and AstraZeneca. 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 vaccines and vaccine combinations. 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 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.

    Travelers coming from risk areas must upload their negative test results, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery a maximum of 48 hours before arrival via the Digital Registration on Entry travel portal.

    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 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

    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.

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

    Travelers transiting through Switzerland airside are not required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test for their transfer.

    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 Swiss COVID Certificate, EU Digital COVID Certificate, or a certificate that is compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificate. Please see the source for more details on approved vaccine certificates. Travelers who have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and who are resident in or traveling to Switzerland are able to obtain a Swiss COVID certificate. This means that travelers who have been vaccinated abroad or have recovered abroad, such as tourists, can also participate in social activities in Switzerland. The documents can be submitted electronically. 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. Only travelers with a valid vaccination and recovery certificate are able to go inside restaurants, cultural, sporting, and leisure venues and attend indoor events (2G). To provide additional protection, masks must also be worn in these settings, and food and drink may only be consumed while seated. In settings where masks cannot be worn, such as brass band practice, or where it is not possible to eat or drink while seated, such as at bars and discos, admission will be limited to vaccinated or recovered persons who also present a negative COVID-19 test result (2G+). People who within the last 4 months have been fully vaccinated received a booster, or recovered from COVID-19 do not have to take a further test.

    Please check the source for more details.

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit Switzerland 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 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.

    Children can be included in the form of an adult traveling with them.

    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, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covaxin, and Novavax. A combination of 2 different vaccines approved by the WHO, Swissmedic, and the EU (EMA) are accepted. Travelers who have received the Janssen vaccine must have received it at least 22 days prior to travel. Travelers are considered to be fully vaccinated after recovering from COVID-19 and receiving 1 dose of an approved vaccine. 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, Armenia, Cape Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Vatican City, Israel, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, New Zealand, Singapore, Togo, United Arab Emirates, and Tunisia. 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 and can apply for the Swiss COVID certificate.

    Travelers that have received a combination of 2 different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the link for more information on accepted vaccine combinations.

    Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test resultsNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. The test can be a COVID-19 PCR taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure, or a COVID-19 rapid antigen test, taken a maximum of 24 hours before departure to Switzerland. Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate may use it to present proof.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 16; -Certain cross-border permit holders and residents of border regions. Please see the source for more details.

    Switzerland 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

    Masks are mandatory in public

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

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

    Travelers in transit through Austria for less than 24 hours and who do not make any unnecessary stops are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test result.

    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 pre-travel clearance for some vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers from selected countries that have not received a vaccine booster or do not have a negative COVID-19 test result must register on the digital pre-travel clearance form (PTC) a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Austria. Travelers must show their PTC form in digital or hard copy on arrival. Fully vaccinated travelers that have received a booster shot and have valid proof are not required to complete a PTC form. Fully vaccinated travelers that have a valid negative COVID-19 test are not required to complete the PTC form.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers with unforeseeable family-related occurrences; -Travelers with compelling reasons in the interests of Austria; -Travelers in transit. For more details, please see the source.

    Health pass may be required

    Travelers may be required to present a health pass to enter hotels or other venues, as non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines are not valid for entering hotels and restaurants within Austria. Negative COVID-19 tests (both PCR and antigen) are no longer valid for entry to public venues. Some regions of Austria have different requirements, please see the link for more details.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 12; -In Vienna, travelers under the age of 6; -In Vienna, travelers aged 6-11 are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 72 hours before entering some venues, or an antigen test from an official body taken a maximum of 48 hours before entering some venues. -In Vienna, travelers aged between 12-15 years are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 48 hours before entering some venues if they are not vaccinated or recovered.

    Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results may be required for vaccinated travelersNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers with proof of a booster dose do not need to present negative COVID-19 test results. Please see ‘’Mandatory proof of vaccination’’ for more details. Travelers who are fully vaccinated but do not have proof of a booster dose must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in German or English. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival. Travelers have the option to present proof via EU Digital Certificate.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 12. Travelers unable to show any of these documents must take a COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 24 hours after arrival in Austria, apply for pre-travel clearance and quarantine on arrival until they receive a negative test result. For more details, please see the source.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of having received a full course of vaccination before traveling to Austria. Vaccines allowed for entry into Austria are BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Covaxin, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac, and Sinopharm. Only BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna are currently recognized for the “2-G” rule when in Austria. 2-dose vaccinations are currently valid for 270 days after the 2nd or any additional dose. There need to be at least 14 days in between the 1st and 2nd jab and 120 days between the 2nd and 3rd one. The Johnson & Johnson vaccination is valid for 270 days, 22 days after the 1st dose. If you have only received 1 Johnson & Johnson dose you will need a booster dose. Travelers who recovered from COVID-19 have specific sets of rules. For travelers both vaccinated and recovered, the 1 dose is valid for 270 days. For more details for recovered travelers, please see the source. Travelers who do not have printed proof of vaccination in German or English must fill and show the form provided by the government of Austria. - Travelers are allowed to enter if they have received mix-and-match vaccines. - Covishield, Sinovac, and Sinopharm are not valid for entering hotels, restaurants within Austria. Travelers have the option to present proof via the EU Digital Certificate or the NHS Covid Pass. Please see the source for more details on vaccine validity, and accepted vaccine combinations.

    Austria 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 planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory travel attestation formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must complete a travel attestation form before arrival. This form will be provided by the airline. Airlines may let you complete your attestation electronically during check-in or via partner apps such as VeriFLY. In this case it is not necessary to print the form, but travelers may do so as a precaution. Section 1 of the form below must be completed by all travelers while section 2 must only be completed by travelers that are not citizens or residents of the USA.

    Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test resultsNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    All travelers regardless of their vaccination status must have an original printed or electronic negative COVID-19 viral test result (NAAT: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, HDA, SDA, CRISPR, or Antigen: Rapid, Viral, Antigen Chromatographic Digital Immunoassay, Antigen Chemiluminescence Immunoassay, or Antigen Lateral Flow Fluorescence). The test must be taken a maximum of 1 day before the first scheduled departure time in the flight itinerary (if a flight is at 1 pm on a Friday, travelers could board with a COVID-19 negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday). 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. 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.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 2; -Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19. These travelers must show proof of a positive viral test from the preceding 90 days and a letter from their healthcare provider or public health official stating they are cleared to end isolation. Please see the source for more details.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if 2 weeks have passed since their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The US government currently accepts vaccines approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA and the WHO. Vaccines accepted are Pfizer-BioNTech (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran), AstraZeneca-Oxford (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinopharm BIBP, Covaxin, Sinovac-CoronaVac, and Novavax/Covovax. Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.

    Any combination of 2 doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 2-dose series are accepted. The second dose in a 2-dose heterologous series must have been received no earlier than 17 days (21 days with a 4 day grace period) after the first dose. For more information about accepted proof of vaccination, please check the source.