Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris

Coronavirus Disease 2019

Page Updated: September 28, 2021

Coronavirus Update

Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris has always been a small, family-run business, and we exist to share the world’s wildlife with you and to help protect nature in the process. As you are deeply valued members of our extended family, your safety, security, and overall experience has and always will be our top priority. We’ve faced challenges — political upheavals, injuries, bankruptcy of local companies — but COVID-19 may overshadow them all.

We have successfully run our first group trip to the Galapagos in August, which was a huge success! We are continuing to focus on delivering trips in which we know we can keep everyone as safe as possible amid the pandemic. To do so, we will update COVID info related to our trips including our COVID safety requirements as new information develops or conditions change. Here is our recent update.

COVID Vaccination Status – All of our travelers and ship’s crew and staff must be fully vaccinated to join/operate our trips. When possible, based on vaccine availability and the trip, we will require our leaders and local guides to be fully vaccinated. If you have a question about your scheduled trip, please contact us. “Fully vaccinated” is as defined by the CDC here.

Local COVID Guidelines – Many countries have local guidelines during COVID and we will do our best to give you the latest update about one month before your scheduled departure but we also encourage you check your destination’s government’s website for all current information.

Travel Restrictions – If destination countries have a travel ban or required quarantine, we will not operate our trip or at least discuss options with you should you decide you still would like to travel.

COVID Tests – When required for return to the US, we will work with our local operators to schedule your test before departure (usually at additional cost).

We are looking at each trip around when your final payment is due to give you an update, but we are still making a final decision about whether we can operate a trip approximately two months before departure, depending on the trip and circumstances.

Travel requirements are in constant flux, and this is likely the new normal, so as a responsible traveler in this new pandemic landscape, you’ll need to have limitless flexibility and patience to adapt to these changes, sometimes last minute. As you look at your destination’s requirements, note that they may not be the same next week, let alone months from now, so we thank you so much for your patience!

Warm regards,

Gina Barton

Informational Resources

To keep you informed of the latest news about the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve created this page with the latest information relevant to our upcoming trips. As this is an evolving situation, we will periodically email our travelers with important updates that may affect their trips, but please revisit this page for resources and to stay up to date. For current outbreak updates, prevention, and travel recommendations, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the World Health Organization website.

The CDC is issuing Travel Advisories, using a 1 through 3 Warning Level system. The WHO continues not to recommend travel restrictions based on the current information available, including public health threats and local risk assessments. We are also including links to US embassies for upcoming trips; please note that the US Department of State has its own 1 through 4 Travel Advisory system that takes into account crime, natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. that may not have to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.

For individual country updates

Travel Insurance

Always verify that any coverage you are purchasing is covering you for what you think it is by asking specific questions. For an example, you can read Travelex’s Coronavirus Coverage page for information about what may or may not be covered.

Trip-specific Information

Check out Sherpa to find up-to-date travel restrictions. If you have any questions about your trip, please email or call us at 1-800-527-5330.

Tips to Stay Healthy

Refer to the CDC’s International Travel During COVID-19 webpage for how to best protect yourself and others.