A dear friend of mine who's coming on this trip asked me at lunch last week “What will happen if someone gets covid on this trip?”
My answer that I share with all of you: I don’t expect anyone will get covid on this trip.
We encourage those who have home health care tests to leave them behind along with your worries about covid. If anyone gets seriously ill there are plenty of clinics along the way to get medical attention if it's more than a simple cold and needs medical attention. Getting a false positive result from a home kit would be more of a problem than a help and could create serious consequences for the entire group.
None of the governments of the countries we are visiting are requiring testing at this time, or are at all interested in seeing your vaccination record. The USA is no longer requiring a negative test to return home. There are too many false negatives and the disease has become much less serious in nature, so the safeguards have changed to reflect that evolution.
We suggest everyone take the same normal safeguards we always recommend with international travel - be smart and take care of your health as always.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!