Pre-departure update

Safety on board, rules, health and more - 2022

Update: June 13, 2022 

A safe and pleasant tour

Fortunately, the situation around the corona virus eased and we can start traveling and run our tours again. However, we all still must proceed carefully and be cautious as the virus is still present. We introduced sophisticated and extended hygiene measures on board in 2020 and 2021 so that we could make the tours safe and enjoyable for our guests. And with this hygiene concept, we were successful!

What measures will be taken on board in the 2022 season in order to be able to offer you an equally safe and pleasant vacation is on this page: https://www.boatbiketours.com/adapting-to-the-coronavirus-how-were-developing-new-safety-measures-for-our-tours/

Official rules for (intercontinental/international) travel

Current information about the coronavirus and the rules for (international) travel with many useful links can be found in this page: https://www.boatbiketours.com/travel-preparation/covid-19-international-travel/

If you are traveling to, in or through other countries than mentioned there, please also visit the official government websites of these countries.

Each guest is always responsible for ensuring that he / she knows and follows the officially established rules and conditions that apply to entry and exit as well as to travel to, in and through the destination area during the entire travel period.
With your booking with Boat Bike Tours and when checking in on the ship, you confirm bindingly that you and all travel participants booked by you will fulfill the participation requirements during the entire travel period. In addition, you expressly agree that your vaccination or convalescent status may be checked during your trip.
Please understand that the fulfillment of these requirements is the basis for the existence of the travel contract and that Boat Bike Tours is entitled to cancel the travel contract at any time without the requirement of a warning in case of non-compliance.
If you make the booking as an authorized representative of fellow travelers, you are obliged to carefully ensure that all travel participants fulfill the requirements during the entire travel period and also agree to the verification of the vaccination or convalescent status during the trip.
If you are ill, have a positive Covid-test or have symptoms that could indicate a Covid-19 infection, you are not allowed to start nor continue the trip. Should such a situation arise unexpectedly, please contact Boat Bike Tours, your booking office / tour operator / travel agent or the responsible person on board immediately to find a suitable solution.

Covid-19 vaccinations incl. booster strongly recommended (in some countries mandatory)

Boat Bike Tours recommends vaccination and booster against Covid-19. In all cases, the experiences from our 2021 season have shown that a full vaccination in the figurative sense opens almost all doors and removes any hurdles to safe and comfortable travel. And, for fully vaccinated persons, most travel and entry restrictions have been dropped (no additional testing, nor self-quarantine necessary).

For tours in Germany and in all other countries along the Danube River, full vaccination is mandatory to access the ship and participate in the tour.

For the reasons mentioned above, Boat Bike Tours urgently recommends all travelers, for their own safety and the safety of others, to start their 2022 trip only with full Covid-19 vaccination protection, including (if available) a booster vaccination.

Covid vaccination certificate; health questionnaire 

There is not yet a uniform, internationally recognized certificate that certifies vaccination status, immunity or a current negative Covid test. When you are a EU-citizen, you are requested to present your EU Digital COVID Certificate. If you are a non-EU citizen, please always carry proof of vaccination (either digital, as a card or printed) with you.
Depending on the moment of traveling and the country in which your tour takes place, you may be requested to complete a short questionnaire as a health check to check-in for the tour.

Special measures for travel to Belgium

Anyone entering Belgium from abroad and wishing to stay there for more than 48 hours must complete a so-called “Passenger Locator Form” within 6 months prior to entry. This can be done in advance online on the website of the Belgian health authorities: https://travel.info-coronavirus.be/public-health-passenger-locator-form. You will need a mobile phone and must have access to your e-mail during your tour. If you are unable to complete the form online before departure, you can do so when checking in on board.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

The rules on face masks are (as per today, 4 March) not uniform in the countries in which we run tours. Please check the links on THIS PAGE for additional information.  In general, as long as the virus is among us, it is recommended to wear a mask if you cannot keep a safe distance to other people outside your household.
We strongly recommend that you bring your own face masks, as these are not available on board.

Getting to the ship

If you are traveling to the Netherlands, Belgium or France by plane or international train, and continue to the ship by local public transport (bus, tram, metro) please know that (currently, early March) you must use a face mask. Also keep in mind that you are strongly recommended, in some cases exclusively can pay with debit or with credit card (no cash) and must buy your ticket in advance (at the station or at a ticket vending machine). If you take a taxi to travel from the airport or train station to the ship’s docking location, please be aware that a limited number of guests can travel in a taxi and the driver may ask you to wear a face mask during the ride.

Checking in

When you arrive at your ship, please follow instructions from the crew at check-in: always keep a safe distance from others. Unfortunately, the crew cannot assist with carrying your luggage as they would normally do, because corona measures prevent direct contacts. We are sorry that we cannot offer this service and we hope you understand.

And then: it is time to relax and enjoy. Really!

We are confident that – despite and thanks to these additional measures – we can offer you a safe, but above all beautiful and relaxed journey with great bike tours, interesting encounters, delicious meals, good service and unforgettable memories. Our crew members and tour guides cannot wait to welcome you on board!

Status of the above information: June 13, 2022 – without guarantee, subject to change in the meantime.