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Frequently Asked Questions

Big questions, little questions. If we do not have the answer to your queries on our FAQ page below, please let us know and we’d be more than happy to help. We’d love to hear from you so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Happy Travels!

The health and safety of our travellers have always been our top priority, and more now than ever. To ensure your well-being and provide peace of mind, we have created enhanced health and safety protocols for our tours as we move toward a responsible return to travel. 

1) COVID 19 VACCINATION

  • For the greatest peace of mind and protection, we require all participants and Tour Leaders to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least 2 weeks prior to their arrival on tour. We also strongly encourage all participants to take advantage of any booster vaccines available to them.

2) MASKS & TESTING

  • All participants and staff support must be in possession of masks and be prepared to wear them indoors and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained, on transport, or when requested. All participants must agree to undergo testing if requested.

3) CLEANING GUIDELINES

  • All modes of transportation will be sanitized regularly, with all high-touch areas disinfected between each use. We ask that you bring a supply of hand sanitizer with you.

5) ITINERARY CHANGES & TOUR FLEXIBILITY

  • We will do our best to keep travellers updated before departure. An open mind and a sense of flexibility will help you get the most out of your tour.

Ultimately, we want you to have peace of mind when you come with us. And we’ll do everything we can to secure that. We fully understand that these are uncertain times that we are living in and the picture is constantly and rapidly changing.

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance – available HERE.

From July 1st, 2022, all deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 60 days in advance, you may be able to apply your deposit to a future Scheduled Tour or Custom Trip with us. Exceptions may apply. Most deposits are transferrable.

Less than 60 days’ notice, all monies paid will be considered non-refundable.

Domestic and international air tickets are non-refundable.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding our cancellation policies.

We advise each traveller to purchase a travel insurance policy most appropriate for their situation (including Covid-19). Proof of Travel Medical Insurance is mandatory on our trips and can be purchased through [email protected]

We are licensed to sell Manulife Insurance policies as well as World Nomads Travel Insurance.

All of our destinations require a passport, valid for 6 months BEYOND your return date. You may need a visa for your destination, please refer to https://travel.gc.ca/ for the most up-to-date information.

Please note that ALL TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (passports, visas, etc) are the responsibility of the individual traveller.

You may or may not need vaccinations depending on your destination(s). We are not physicians and cannot provide you with specific medical advice.

We strongly encourage you to check with your personal physician or local travel clinic at least 6 weeks before embarking on your journey for up-to-date information regarding medical precautions and immunizations for your particular travel destination(s).

For comprehensive information please refer to the Canadian Government Travel Site https://travel.gc.ca/ or the Center for Disease Control’s Traveller’s Health Information Website www.cdc.gov/travel. We recommend that you visit a Travel Medical Professional at least 2 months in advance.

Baggage restrictions vary by airline. Most carriers allow 1 checked bag per person, and each bag is allowed to weigh a maximum of 50 lbs.

Please visit the website of your airline to find specific details on what is allowed and what will incur extra fees. Generally, we recommend bringing only one larger bag and a carry-on (ie/backpack). We can provide packing lists for many of our adventures.

Check out Keri’s blog on packing tips HERE.

If you are open to sharing with a person of the same gender, we will do our best to match you up on our group tours. Otherwise, there is the Single Supplement option which varies from trip to trip.

Please do not book flights until the trip has been confirmed via email. If you would like assistance booking your flights, please contact us.

This will vary from country to country however, we always recommend having some USD (new, crisp bills) when you travel especially when travelling to Latin America and Asia. When travelling to Europe or Africa, it is handy to have some Euros on hand before departure.

Generally speaking, you can withdraw local currency from ATMs located in the international arrivals area of airports. You will likely get a much better exchange rate from the bank machine than if you took cash out in advance, particularly for the less popular currencies.

Bring bank cards and a Visa card or MasterCard. Check XE.com for the most current exchange rates.

We are a proud Canadian company however as much as we would love to price our trips in Canadian dollars, our currency is not a “world currency”. The value of the Canadian dollar fluctuates greatly against the widely used, US dollar.

Most of our itineraries are fully customizable for 1 to 20 people, although pricing will vary. Please contact us for a custom trip!

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Are you all ready for your next adventure?

Even though we wish you a flawless trip, things can happen, especially nowadays. Make sure you are prepared with a Travel Insurance policy that is right for you. Finisterra recommends Manulife Insurance or World Nomads Insurance. Please feel free to ask us about Covid-19 Insurance Coverage, Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance, Travel Medical Insurance, or any other questions you may have.

TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR CANADIANS

Travel with confidence knowing that you’re covered with Manulife Insurance.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR EVERYONE ELSE

Explore the world, stress-free, when you book travel insurance with World Nomads.

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Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding our Covid-19 policies.


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