Below, find the latest information on which trips are operating, as well as answers to your questions about testing and travel to and from the ship. For entry protocols specific to your destination, visit Protocols by Destination.
Updates are as of May 1, 2022, and are subject to change.
What expeditions are confirmed to restart?
How will I find out if my expedition is confirmed to operate?
When can I expect more information?
I have an extension booked – is my extension operating? What about additional hotel nights?
Why is the information provided in my portal for the COVID testing timeline different than the information on the main requirements page? Why are there different PCR testing timelines listed?
What type of test must I take to meet Lindblad's pre-departure testing requirement? Where can I find testing?
Your website / documents mention using CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinic. They list two types of PCR tests: one has a 1-2 day turnaround time for results; the other is a rapid test (a few hours' turnaround time). Both tests are listed as PCR. Is the quick test OK to use?
People who recover from COVID may continue to have positive PCR test results for up to 90 days, and the U.S. allows travelers from foreign countries to enter with a "Document of Recovery" in such cases. If I recently recovered and have an expedition within the next month or two, can I submit a "Document of Recovery" to continue on my expedition?
I am finding it difficult to confirm an appointment for my PCR test prior to departing for my expedition. Am I allowed to provide a negative Rapid Antigen test in advance? Can Lindblad administer a PCR prior to embarkation?
If I took my PCR test at the time required by Lindblad but the result isn't available before my expedition, what happens?
If I test positive for COVID-19 right before my expedition (either the 3-5 day pre-departure test or the test right before embarkation), what is Lindblad's policy?
If I was possibly exposed to someone with COVID in the days leading up to my expedition, what should I do? Can I continue on my expedition?
What happens if I or someone from my traveling party tests positive for COVID-19 on the day of embarkation?
If I am denied boarding, am I entitled to a refund?
Travel to the Ship
What health and safety measures are being taken by Lindblad Expeditions en route to the ship?
What precautions do you recommend I take while traveling?
How are you testing for COVID-19 at the departure city and on board? Do you have enough tests?
I was planning to explore independently a few days before the trip. Can I still do that?
During Your Expedition
Do I still need to wear a mask while onboard?
Will I be able to explore ports on my own?
If I need a PCR test to return to my home country, will Lindblad help me with getting that test?
If I am not flying back to the US on the same day as disembarkation, will Lindblad help me get an antigen test?
Are there medical staff onboard?
What medical equipment does Lindblad have on the ship? What medical services can Lindblad provide onboard?
If You Test Positive
If a guest or crew member tests positive onboard, what is your response plan?
If I test positive on the ship, what are the isolation arrangements onboard?
If a guest tests positive during the expedition but is asymptomatic, does he/she still have to isolate?
If I booked air through LEX Air Department, will they automatically rebook our flights for a later departure?
Will close contacts be required to quarantine even if they test negative?
What happens if a guest tests positive on the test performed to return to the U.S.? Would the U.S. protocols determine re-entry, or does it depend on the country of disembarkation?
If You Test Positive - Post-Expedition
If I test positive who is responsible for coordinating isolation arrangements?
If I test positive on the ship, am I required to isolate on land for a specific amount of time, or until I test negative? How long am I required to isolate? What do I need to fly home?
Am I responsible for payment of the isolation accommodations? Am I allowed to make my own arrangements?
Describe the isolation accommodations? Where will I stay? How will I get from the port to the accommodations?
Is internet available in the isolation accommodations? Is there a charge?
What type of services (meals, laundry, prescription medicine, etc.) will I receive help with?
How do I arrange for COVID testing during isolation? How often will I be tested?
Am I allowed to depart the country as soon as I receive a negative test, even if that is on day 2 of quarantine?
Who will arrange my transfers to the airport once I am free to depart the country?
Who covers the cost of my homeward airfare?
Is there emergency care available locally if I become severely ill due to COVID?
Daily meetings keep our finger on the pulse of what’s happening globally, and as the latest research and public health recommendations evolve, so will our policies. We will continue to update our protocols for all operating voyages in accordance with local, state, federal, and international regulations and guidelines.
*There are certain unavoidable risks to passengers and property associated with expedition travel, including, among others, traveling with other people and illness or disease caused by exposure to bacteria, pathogens, and viruses, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, despite screening and testing and other steps taken by Lindblad Expeditions and passengers in response to these risks. In the event any passenger, crew, staff or others on the vessel were to test positive for COVID-19 and/or develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, governmental authorities may require a 14-day or longer quarantine of all individuals on the vessel either on the vessel or elsewhere. Lindblad Expeditions shall not be liable for any claims, demands, and/or damages arising from or relating to any exposure to the coronavirus and/or the contraction of any illness or disease as a result of any such exposure, including but not limited to COVID-19, by passenger or any other person, including claims and damages due or allegedly due to inaccurate test results (including possible false negative test results) and/or the negligence of any Independent Contractor providing any medical screening or testing services, laboratory services, medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, advice, and/or recommendations, or any supplies and services for sanitation purposes.