We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation with respect to COVID-19 a.k.a. the coronavirus. Travel For Teens adheres to all travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
TFT does not run trips to locations where the CDC or the U.S. Department of State issues advisories delineating do not travel to this country/location.
Safety is our number one priority. We notify families promptly in the event that any of our program itineraries need to be altered or even suspended due to evolving safety updates. We recognize parents and travelers are concerned. While no one can predict what will happen, we are optimistic our trips will run this summer as planned. If not, we have plans in place and are in communication with the lead chaperones from your groups.
TFT remains positive about the future, and we hope you are too. We understand risk assessment is a highly personal decision, and we want you to feel confident traveling with us. Throughout our 18 years of experience in teen travel we continuously perfect our itineraries and assess our destinations to ensure they meet our safety standards. Behind each program is intensive on-the-ground research and our trusted staff personally vets all activities & accommodations. TFT’s huge variety of destinations allows us to seamlessly alter itineraries as needed.
Preparedness is the key to traveling safely and becoming a savvy traveler. Beyond our staff’s meticulous preparation, we equip our students with knowledge of the destination, an overview of TFT’s main rules, and safety guidelines on each trip. Furthermore, our program directors contact families every 24 hours throughout the program with detailed email updates and hundreds of photos – so you can follow along on the journey and rest assured your teens are in great hands. Our core office team is also available for you to contact 24/7 throughout the trip and families have access to an emergency line in the event they need to contact their child immediately.
A Note About European Countries
Countries in Europe are at CDC Level 3.
Currently, there is a 30-day evaluation window in regards to European travel and foreign nationals through mid-April. We are reaching out personally to all group leaders for European programs who might be affected to discuss options. We are optimistic that our school trips departing in June will be able to operate as scheduled. As such, we do not anticipate any cancelations or alterations at this point in time.
We will be in touch with group leaders with any updates or changes as we continue to monitor the ongoing developments and assess our programs accordingly. If you are the group leader for a school trip please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your scheduled trip.
Our Risk Management Team is closely monitoring the situation and we are revising and updating our protocols as needed to ensure the safety of our participants.
Common Coronavirus Travel Questions
Q: At what point will Travel For Teens make adjustments or suspend a school trip or private trip?
A: Travel For Teens will alter a school trip or private trip itinerary or suspend an itinerary based on communication with the schools and lead chaperones in tandem with travel advisories from the following authorities: U.S. Department of State, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. Specifically, Travel For Teens will not operate programs if the destination country has either a U.S. Department of State Level 4 Warning (Do Not Travel) or a CDC Level 3 Warning (Avoid Non-Essential Travel) within 30 days of departure. Official travel advisories outside of 30 days from departure and subsequent adjustments or suspensions of programs are handled on a case by case basis.
Q: Can I purchase trip insurance that would allow us to cancel based on the current situation?
A: Pandemics/World Health Emergencies/Travel Advisories are not covered reasons for basic travel insurance programs. However, if you live in the U.S.A. AND YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED PAYMENT, so far you can purchase an upgraded policy called a Cancel For Any Reason* (CFAR) directly from Travel For Teens. Some insurance companies have already stopped coverage for coronavirus related issues so it pays to be decisive if you plan to take this step. We highly advise this insurance anyway, as a lot can happen before departure even if unrelated to this issue. If you already purchased any travel insurance policy and this virus was a covered event at the time of purchase, the insurance company will not retroactively cancel coverage. Terms and conditions of coverage cannot be changed retroactively.
CFAR is a high-end policy that provides travelers with the option to cancel plans for any reason until 48 hours before departure, and file a claim for up to 75% of your TFT trip tuition cost and airfare that was paid directly to TFT.
Please be aware of the following conditions to apply for CFAR now:
You do not qualify if your program tuition is already paid in full.
If you register before April 1st, 2020, you must also apply for CFAR before April 1st, 2020.
If you register after April 1st, 2020, you have 14 days to apply for CFAR from the date of registration, and must not yet be paid in full.
**By law, NY state residents cannot purchase CFAR insurance policies.
Note: As of March 2, 2020, TripMate has suspended direct sales of CFAR insurance. Participants who meet the above criteria may still purchase CFAR insurance directly from Travel For Teens. And it may be available online or via other vehicles if you care to search.
At this point in time we would encourage families to remain on your current program as the situation is fluid and constantly changing.
If you have questions or would like more information about our safety policy in regards to the coronavirus- or any other international travel advisory- we welcome you to please call our office at 484-654-1032 or send an email to email@example.com. We are here to help you understand and to provide information and reassurance about options. We still feel great about travel for summer 2020.