Patch Adventures does not require proof of vaccination to travel. However, we are bound by the laws and regulations of the countries we travel to, and because of this, some trips may require proof of vaccination and/or mandatory covid testing.
What happens if someone shows symptoms of COVID-19 on the trip?
If a guest feels unwell during the trip, the Trip Leader will request that they take a COVID-19 test. Depending on local regulations, the guest may choose between a PCR (when available) or a RAT.
If the test is COVID-19 positive, the guest will be required to isolate, and they will be cared for separately from the group. Patch Adventures will assist with sourcing any alternative accommodation and medical care that’s required, but these expenses will be paid for by the guest.
If you plan on claiming on insurance, you will need to contact your insurance company immediately to understand their requirements and get approval on next steps. The insurance company may require you to take a PCR test and go through additional steps that may extend your isolation period.
In the case of a positive test, the Trip Leader and any crew are required to take a test. The Trip Leader may also request other guests who have been a close contact to take a RAT test, in order for the group to continue on the trip safely.
Our aim is that the trip continues wherever possible, unless local regulations require otherwise.
Caring for you
For all our trips, we have contracted a local back office support team that helps us to resolve emergency situations if they arise.
If you test positive, you will be connected with that service and they will work with you to manage your case until you test negative once more.
You will also be added to a group Whatsapp chat with our team, where you can ask questions and receive support.
When can the guest rejoin the group?
Once the guest tests negative by 2 consecutive RATS tests (12 hours apart) or by 1 PCR test, Patch Adventures will make the arrangements necessary for the guest to rejoin the group, as soon as logistically possible.
Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Patch Adventures and we encourage all guests to ensure that their policy includes COVID-19 medical and trip interruption coverages, and to understand the testing requirements of their policy.
It is at our discretion to move the guest to a new location if the circumstances warrant. Examples would include a lack of accommodation, available support staff, or local medical facilities. This would happen in separate transportation to the main group.
What if the trip is ending?
Once a trip is over, and a guest is still isolating, it is at the guest’s discretion to organise any changes to flights. If extra accommodation, transportation or services are needed, we will work with the guest to ensure these services are provided until the isolation period ends.
Even if testing negative to Covid, if you are showing any signs of a cold or flu, you will need to wear a mask while in enclosed spaces such as vehicles.