General Healthy Travel Standards

Updated January 9, 2021

As ETS prepares to resume travel around the world, we want you to know that the health and safety of our guests, staff, and partners is our top priority!  

Our staff members and travel partners will be trained to ensure that proper health measures are upheld in accordance with the guidelines of local governments and health authorities, airlines, and cruise lines. In turn, we trust that you, our guest, will adhere to the guidelines during your travel experience. We look forward to our journey together in this new normal and encourage you to remember what Paul wrote – don’t be anxious, but in every situation make your requests known through prayer and petition (Philippians 4:6-7). Thank you for choosing to travel with us - safely, happily and healthily! 

What should I expect as a guest? 

Official protocols are not yet available for many destinations, but ETS anticipates that some, or all, of the following practices will be implemented by governments, airlines, cruise lines, and other entities. For the Holy Land, please see those standards here.

  • Each guest may be required by foreign countries and travel providers to show a negative Covid-19 test 48-72 hours prior to departure. Vaccination for Covid-19 may also be required by foreign countries and travel providers. All costs will be the responsibility of the guest. Guests will need to carry official proof of a negative test and/or vaccination with them and may need to leave a copy with various authorities. 

  • Each guest should anticipate additional testing for Covid-19 while travelling internationally. 

  • Health and contact screening questionnaires will be required by ETS and various travel providers. 

  • Temperature checks will be taken at numerous locations. 

  • Each guest may be required to present proof of travel medical insurance by each foreign country visited. Requirements will be monitored once tourism restarts in full. 

  • It is strongly recommended to purchase travel protection in case one cannot travel due to illness (including Covid-19) or doctor-ordered, 24/7 quarantine. 

  • Each guest must comply with all precautions, protocols, and restrictions of each airport, airline, cruise line, bus, hotel, shop, and restaurant. 

  • Face coverings will be required in many situations – indoors and outdoors. 

  • Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Listening devices will be used as much as possible to help with social distancing guidelines. 

  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of hands is strongly recommended. Stations will be provided in many locations to make this possible. 

  • Safe dining practices will be implemented by restaurants and will include social distancing and changes in how food is served. 

  • Excursions/tours may be restricted to specific locations that are approved/certified by the local governments, cruise line, and/or ETS. Groups will need to abide by the time and space limitations of each location. 

  • Each guest will need to read and sign an ETS questionnaire including explanation of protocols and enforcement. 

ETS will continue to monitor announcements from governments and travel partners for their latest health and safety protocols. Each traveler will be notified of the protocols for their specific tour prior to departure. 


We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and update you as your group's departure gets closer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your travel advisor.