Health & Safety Guidelines
As the leader in Ireland and Britain and one of the longest-standing tour operators in North America, CIE Tours is partnered with the leading tourism authorities, and operates at the highest levels of health and safety guidelines in the US and Europe, including regional and national standards for COVID-19 procedures. We are proud to work in conjunction with the following organizations and charters and operate in compliance with all local and international tourism certification guidelines.
Because rules and guidelines can change, we’ll provide you with the most up-to-date requirements for your destination just before departure. See our Travel Updates page for the latest information, and your destination’s travel requirements here.
Pre-Tour Health Questionnaire
We will ask all travelers to complete a health questionnaire at the start of each tour. A sample can be seen here but the actual form will be included in the documentation packet to be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure.
All CIE Tours guests are required to be fully vaccinated (defined as having received all recommended doses in their primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine) and carry digital or printed proof with them to show as needed. While Italy is the only destination that we visit that may require a booster, because the definition of “fully vaccinated” may change between now and departure, we recommend that all guests plan to receive a booster dose before travel.
Children who do not qualify for vaccination must be able to produce a verifiable negative COVID-19 test result in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The negative test result must show that the test was conducted within 72 hours before the start of the trip.
On the Road
For guests who elect to go on a group tour, many of our departures will be small groups, with a number of empty seats on coaches to allow guests to space out for a more comfortable experience. 100% of the airflow on the coaches comes from fresh air from outside the vehicle and is continuously run through high efficiency filters. For those who prefer an even smaller group and more independence, we have an extensive offering of private driver and self-drive options.
Our Tour Directors are not only local experts but are also trained to handle a variety of unexpected situations - including illnesses and emergencies. They are thoroughly trained on enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures and ensure that guests know what to expect every step of the way. If any issues arise, we have systems and protocols in place and the Tours Directors also have extensive local support to assist.
Our in-country operations and logistics team is on call 24/7. In Ireland alone, we have 30 back-office operations staff with an accumulated 500 years of experience with CIE Tours. This team, based in our Dublin operations office, is always ready to assist you and our Tour Directors in the event of an emergency.