Prométour Statement

Dear teachers, parents and students,

First and foremost, please know that our number one priority is the safety and well-being of all our travelers. Prométour  is aware of the current situation happening internationally and continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are prepared to respond to each scenario as they may arise and have taken steps to help schools cancel or modify their trip when needed as smoothly as possible.

Prométour will  continue to follow the recommendations of the US Department of State, the Government of Canada,  the Center of Disease control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Travel Warning in Your Destination

For details on your specific destination you can check the most up to date data available at the WHO here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Unless a travel warning is issued advising against travelling to your destination, tours are continuing to run as planned. However, a majority of schools have already made arrangements to either cancel, postpone or modify their trip.

In many cases, schools’ administration and Prométour have come together to decide on a course of action that suits each unique situation.  Several more schools are monitoring the situation daily and are already looking at offering alternatives when necessary.

Prométour is in regular contact with each Group Leader. Travelers should contact their Group Leader to discuss what options are available to them, depending on their specific situation.

Helpful Links

United States: You can refer to the US Department of State Country Information. This is a reliable source that your school administrators and the parents can trust to obtain correct information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages.html

Canada: You can refer to the Government of Canada Country Information. This is a reliable source that your school administrators and the parents can trust to obtain correct information: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention site is also a reliable source which travelers can refer to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

SYTA (Student & Youth Travel Association) also has a web page on the coronavirus: https://syta.org/coronavirus-emergency-preparedness-and-response/

A Summary of Precautions

As precautions that you can take as travelers, it is wise to practice good hygiene, wash hands and use sanitizer gel regularly (particularly if you have been touching surfaces that many other people have touched), use disposable tissues and throw them away and cover your mouth with your elbow when coughing. Those who wish to wear face masks can also do so as well.

Register your trip

United States:  All American citizens traveling and/or residing abroad can register their trips online by using the Smart Travel Enrollment Program in order to:

  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency: https://step.state.gov/step/

Canada: All Canadian citizens traveling and/or residing abroad can register their trips online by using the government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad in order to:

  • Receive important information from the government of Canada about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Help the Canadian government contact you in an emergency, whether a natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.