Return to Travel Guidelines

revised 11/30/20

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve, we understand this is a time of uncertainty when it comes to travel. Enriching and transformative educational travel experiences are at the core of who we are at Smithsonian Student Travel, and so is our commitment to the health and safety of our students, leaders, and partners around the world during these unprecedented times.

We are hard at work developing health and safety protocols that make traveling with us in the era of COVID-19 possible, while ensuring our trips are meaningful and full of experiential learning opportunities. Our health and safety protocols will consider the latest recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, international and local health agencies, trusted local contacts on the ground, and other travel industry guidance. We also closely monitor the U.S. Department of State travel advisories, the guidance of government officials around the world, and major media outlets so that we can quickly and effectively respond to potential travel restrictions or policy changes in the destinations we visit.

Our students and their families have come to expect good judgment, thoughtful and clear communication, and a commitment to the core mission of our programs, as well as the safety of our travelers. We will continue to be flexible and ask for your flexibility as we respond with caution and prudence to the shifting global health landscape. We will continue to be in close contact with you as we plan for the summer, and prior to your departure, we will share the most current COVID-19 considerations, information, and expectations pertaining to your destination. Traveler expectations may include quarantining prior to departure, pre-departure testing, or testing again upon arrival and the destination.

The magic of the Smithsonian Student Travel experience is rooted in building lifelong friendships, leadership, collaboration, and stretching beyond comfort zones by stepping away from everything that is familiar at home. It’s about trying new things, conquering new challenges, and having fun doing so. We are committed to making this possible for our students this summer.

Always feel free to give us a call—we are happy to answer your questions.