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Travel Updates
Statement on Face Masks/Face Coverings update (as of 19APR22)
DOT Statement regarding face mask use on public transportation

As a result of a court order, effective April 18, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time. In addition, effective immediately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not enforce its mask-related Security Directives.

Use of Face Masks on Motorcoaches in the USA  (update as of 4/19/22)
Face masks are now optional while riding on an AFC motorcoach in the U.S.A. While mask usage is still recommended, we know that everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to health and safety.
Use of Face Masks on Airplanes in the USA  (update as of 4/19/22)
Face masks are now optional for most air carriers* when operating in the U.S.A.  While mask usage is still recommended, we know that everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to health and safety.
International Travel - Use of Face Masks on Airplanes/Motorcoaches  (update as of 4/19/22)
Face mask requirements for International air travel & International motorcoach touring will be dependent on the requirements of the air carriers and destination country mandates and requirements.

*All information is subject to change at any time.  Enforcement is up to each airline & could vary by airline.


Statement on Russia-Ukraine Conflict (as of 08MAR22)
Our hearts go out to those impacted by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. AFC Vacations does not operate in the affected areas at this time. All of our European itineraries are scheduled to operate as planned. We continue to monitor the situation very closely as the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our highest priority.


AFC Vacations Coronavirus Update (as of 28FEB22)
We are monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely with the safety and security of our guests and staff always our top priority.

Travel Updates
Operations for domestic & most international itineraries resumed in 2021, and tour programs are currently operating as scheduled. Travelers affected by suspended past tour departures were offered to reschedule their trip to a later date or offered travel credit toward another AFC itinerary. We are in constant contact with suppliers, including airlines and ground operators, to evaluate the situation as it evolves, and will provide updates should any new travel restrictions impact a scheduled future tour departure.
 
Vaccination Requirement for Domestic Travel (United States Tours)
As announced on January 6, 2022, for the safety of our guests and passengers, AFC Vacations has implemented new on tour requirements. All passengers traveling with AFC within the United States must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Passengers will be asked to show the Tour Manager the following when joining their tour:
• Proof of Vaccination against COVID-19.  Proof must include the passenger’s name & final dose given at least 14 days before the tour departure date.  Proof can be a photocopy or electronic vaccination record document issued by either: (a) the health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e. U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card); or (b) the participant’s medical provider that administered the vaccination, or (c) approved electronic certification from your county, state or health provider.


Vaccination Requirement for International Travel (International Tours including Canada & European River Cruises)
All passengers traveling with AFC Vacations to any country outside of the US regardless of destination or point of origin must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. International destinations have introduced vaccination requirements for indoor experiences like restaurants, attractions, museums, theaters, etc. Even though the entry requirements for that destination may not require vaccination, vaccination will be required to travel on all international tours in 2022. At this time, a negative/not detected test result for COVID-19 administered in advance of returning to the United States is also required.

Depending upon your destination, there may be other and additional country-specific and/or airline requirements for testing prior to travel. Guests should monitor these requirements as well. AFC will continue to review and update our requirements as Domestic & International restrictions are updated.


Additional Travel Safety Requirements & FAQ
Please click here for additional details


AFC's Commitment to Wellness
Our Commitment to your Wellness!
Click below for information on AFC’s Commitment to Wellness which outlines some of the steps and initiatives we are taking with our partners to deliver an enjoyable yet safe travel experience for our valued guests.


Click here to read AFC's Commitment to your Wellness

For more information please visit the CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html


Cancellation & Rebooking Policies
AFC Revised Cancellation & Rebooking Policies
We share our travelers concerns about upcoming travel. As such, we have created revised rebooking and cancellation policies to provide flexibility on most programs to rebook when you can look forward to your trip without concern for your health and safety. Other than airline assessed fees, you may apply the full value of what you have paid toward Future Travel until 76 days prior to departure. Airline fees are based on your specific ticket, and typically fully non-refundable.  When you rebook, we will also work with your ticketed airline to attempt to secure Air Credit. While not guaranteed, if successful we will apply this value as an Air Credit toward Future Travel (Air Credit limitations & expiration dates apply and vary based on individual ticket and airline policies).  Please note, the Travel Protection Plan and most travel protection policies typically do not consider an event of this nature as a covered event.  Revised Cancellation and Rebooking Policies are not retroactive and do not apply to previously canceled/amended bookings. All re-bookings and cancellations are processed based on the policy in effect at the time the request to cancel/change a booking is received by AFC.  See below for specific destination and product line exclusions.

AFC Land Tours not applicable to Passion Play 2022 or other Programs involving overnight Cruises. 

0-75 days prior to departure
Standard Terms & Conditions apply

76-180 days prior to departure
Standard Terms & Conditions apply with a Future Travel Credit issued in the amount of penalty.  FTC can be used towards a future trip with AFC.  If a Travel Protection Plan (TPP) has been purchased, and the TPP cost exceeds the penalty amount, the cost of TPP is refunded, and an FTC is issued for the amount of the penalty.

180+ days prior to departure
Standard Terms & Conditions apply with a Future Travel Credit issued in the amount of penalty (most programs $100 pp penalty, some exceptions).  FTC can be used towards a future trip with AFC.  The Travel Protection Plan (TPP), if purchased, is refundable until 180 days prior to departure.


Is TPP Refundable?
TPP (Travel Protection Plan) (if chosen) is refundable until 180 days prior to departure & cannot be added after Final Payment.


*Rebooking Terms – Land Tours
--New land or European River Cruise travel services using the FTC must depart prior to Dec 31, 2022*
--Future Travel Credit (FTC) may be applied towards one or more new bookings
--Future Travel Credit (FTC) may not be applied towards existing reservations
-- Unused Future Travel Credit (FTC) has no cash value
--Future Travel Credit (FTC) is transferable to a friend or family member with confirmation by original FTC owner.
--Travel Protection Plan (TPP) will carry over. TPP cost will be adjusted based on total value of the new booking.
--Any air credits available are not guaranteed and AFC will attempt to use any air credits. Air credit limitations & expiration dates apply, and vary based on air carrier, individual ticket and ticketing date (most expirations have been extended to 12/31/21 & some into 2022).
--FTC and Air credits (if applicable) are separate credits with different terms and expiration dates.
--Not applicable to Passion Play bookings.

AFC European River Cruise Charters
Temporary exceptions to Terms & Conditions vary by itinerary and departure date. Please contact us for details regarding your specific booking.

AFC Vacations Ocean Cruises

Temporary exceptions to Terms & Conditions vary by cruise line and departure date
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What happens if I need to cancel my booking for the Rescheduled departure date?
--Cancellations off the rescheduled departure will be processed based on the cancellation schedule for the rescheduled departure. Cancellation fees will also be assessed, as applicable, based on the number of days prior to departure for the rescheduled departure date.
--Funds from the original departure date have been applied to the rescheduled departure date in the form of Future Travel Credit (and air credit, where applicable). Refunds will also be paid in the form of Future Travel Credit (and air credit, where applicable).
--Future Travel Credit refunds can be applied to a different itinerary or departure date prior to Dec 31, 2022. Air credits have different terms and expiration dates and vary based on airline and ticketing date. Applicable rules for the issuing carrier apply.


Airline Updates
AFC Air Department Update – Airline Check In
Airlines are doing their utmost to ensure a safe flying experience. One of these measures is a Health Questionnaire with a few brief and simple medical declarations at time of check in. The personal nature of these questions inhibit AFC from answering the questions on your behalf. This makes us unable to perform the check-in procedure that we have done for many years. However, now in your documents we will provide a copy of your Airline E-ticket with the Flight Booking Reference (Airline Confirmation Number) that will enable you to check in online or at the airport directly with the carrier.


NEW! TRAVEL BROCHURE
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NEW TOURS!
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NEW United States & Canada Vacations – Many of you have told us that your first vacation will be closer to home in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. We all love international travel and I personally cannot wait to get back out there, but we often forget how many incredible destinations and spectacular National Parks are just a short flight away. These are in addition to our regular line up of fantastic tours within the US.
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Desert Oasis & Southern California National Parks
New Orleans & the Mississippi Gulf Coast - On Sale!
New Orleans & Cajun Country
Southwest National Parks - On Sale!
New York City & the Hudson Valley
Cape Cod & the Islands
Coastal Maine Lighthouses & Landscapes
Great Canadian Cities & Niagara Falls
Waterways & Northwest National Parks
Classic New England
Magnolia Trail and the Heart of Texas
Hawaii Three Island Adventure
Red Rocks to the Rockies by Rail
Canadian Rockies Rail Journey

If you do want an International Adventure, check out these new offerings
Seattle, San Juan Islands & Alaska Cruise
Wonders of the Danube River Cruise
Tuscan Culinary Experience