COVID-19 Travel Watch

Last Updated: May 13, 2022 at 09:00am

Discover Corps Coronavirus Watch

Discover Corps continues to work closely with all of our partner suppliers to establish viability of operations around the globe. As of now, Discover Corps is operating in all destinations that do not require mandatory quarantining. We abide by all heath protocol set in place by the host-country. This includes the increased health and safety measures we’ve put in place on all of our tours as part of our Discover Corps COVID-19 Risk Management Manual.

As with all of our in-country operations, safety is our top priority. To remain informed of global and regional events worldwide, we rely on our partners around the world and trusted agencies to help keep our Travel Operations & Risk Management teams updated on current events.

Discover Corps, in conjunction with our sister organization Global Leadership Adventures and a team of risk management professionals, has developed a thorough set of policies & procedures for operating globally in this new age of travel. You can access the ever evolving COVID-19 Risk Management Manual via the COVID-19 Portal here.

We follow the most up-to-date information and updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization) and the US Department of State, and based on these guiding entities, make determinations to continue or postpone trips:

Should COVID-19 restrictions or border closures prevent us from operating a trip, we will postpone the departure and work with you to reschedule.

Canceling a scheduled trip or changing the travel date is subject to Discover Corps’ standard cancelation policy as outlined here.

Switching a date or trip:

Please note, your refund policy tier will carry over to your “new” trip (eg – for transfers less than three months prior to the trip, your new trip program fee will remain 25% refundable regardless of the new date). This refund policy applies to all money that has already been paid for the Discover Corps trip. This does not include flights. Please inquire with your Travel Insurance protection plan for coverage details.

Airline Flexibility

Many airlines have stepped in to offer waivers on fees for flight changes to offer more travel flexibility. Here is an overview of current policies enacted by the major domestic carriers:

  • American Airlines: American Airlines is eliminating all change fees for First, Business, Premium Economy and Main Cabin tickets for all domestic and short-haul international flying for tickets issued on or after August 31, 2020.
  • Delta Airlines: Delta is waiving change fees and Award redeposit fees providing greater flexibility to travel using eCredits through December 31, 2022, for customers who purchased their ticket before April 17, 2020, and are scheduled to travel through March 31, 2021. 
  • JetBlue: See JetBlue’s updates ticket policy.
  • United Airlines: United is permanently getting rid of change fees for most Economy and premium cabin tickets for flights within the U.S., or between the U.S. and Mexico or the Caribbean.

Discover Corps’ Protocol

Discover Corps understands there’s an inherent risk in traveling during a pandemic. It’s our aim to mitigate as much risk as possible within our control and deliver a safe travel experience for you and your family.

Here are the top 5 ways Discover Corps is operating with safety at the forefront of every trip:

1. True to our roots, we are delivering on small group travel. We will take a maximum of 12 travelers with an average of 6-8.

2. We are working closely with our partners on risk mitigation and are evaluating safety protocols on a bi-weekly basis. 

3. We are requiring that all travelers provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel -or- an at home antigen test within 24 hours of travel, regardless of vaccination status or whether the destination requires it.

4. Abiding by mask requirements where applicable.

5. We will be personally supporting you throughout the pre-departure process and during the trip to allay your concerns.

As of 12/1/21, CDC requires all travelers returning to the U.S. to present a negative COVID test within one day of departure, regardless of vaccine status.

  • All travelers, vaccinated or not fully vaccinated: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country. Discover Corps will coordinate for each traveler to get the COVID-19 test in the appropriate timeframe. Travelers are responsible for the cost of the test, and can pay for it in country.

Travel Insurance

The best form of risk mitigation is by protecting your investment through Travel Insurance. Discover Corps’ preferred partner, Arch RoamRight can offer a quote and explanation of coverage should you or your family members get COVID-19 prior to your departure deeming you unable to travel or any other unforeseen reason preventing you from traveling. Travel Insurance can kick in to recoup any funds lost. Travel Insurance can also cover the costs of hotels should you test positive for COVID

Questions or Concerns?  

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at any time. We are happy to discuss with you the safety & health guidelines we have in place for operating travel with safety as a top priority. We look forward to discussing travel with you and making it a reality when you are ready!

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