Zephyr Adventures and its sister company Travel Montana will require participants and guides on their upcoming February 22 – 26 Yellowstone Winter Snowshoe Adventure to be tested for COVID-19 in advance.
Although travel companies cheered the recent positive news about the Pfizer vaccine trial, the likelihood of a vaccine being available to the general public by February is still low. Conversely, given the colder winter months that will drive group interactions indoors and families and friends gathering for upcoming holidays, it is highly likely we will still be struggling with the pandemic at the end of February.
Therefore, all participants and guides on the Yellowstone Winter Snowshoe Adventure will be required to receive a negative result on a PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of their travel plans. The tests can be acquired for $119 via mail from Let’s Get Checked if not available in a traveler’s local area through their health departments.
We recognize this testing is not a perfect system. Although highly accurate, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests depend on how people take the sample at home. It is also possible tour participants will become infected after taking the test, while waiting for the results or while traveling to Montana for the tour. We will ask travelers to essentially quarantine for the two or three days after the test and to be careful when traveling.
In fact, in our recent Travel Well videos we have emphasized that travel, including airline travel, is actually fairly safe but it is what people do when they arrive that can be the riskiest. On our Yellowstone Snowshoe Adventure, we will be in one group for meals, ground transportation, and of course, snowshoeing. This new policy should allow our group to remain in one safe travel bubble.
Space on the tour is limited to nine travelers.
Interested in joining us in February? Here’s what previous guests are saying about the trip: