Frequently Asked Questions
Your COVID-19 vaccination record document must show that you have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is authorized and approved by Centers of Disease Control (CDC), or World Health Organization (WHO).
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Your COVID-19 vaccination record document must show that you have been fully vaccinated at least 21 days before Day 1 of your expedition. This means that you must have completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series).
You will find a new vaccination requirement document has been added to your Polar Forms which will need to completed to confirm you and your fellow travelers (if applicable) will be required to be immunized against COVID-19. In addition to this, you will need to bring to the ship a copy of your vaccination record document. We are aware that digital vaccination certificates are in development. As the standards for such certificates emerge, we will endeavour to amend our documentation requirements accordingly, but at this time it is a printed copy of the vaccination record that will be required to be presented to Quark Expeditions representatives.
Yes, a negative PCR test result, where the sample was taken within 72 hours of travelling is a requirement to join the expedition. This will have to be presented to Quark Expeditions ground staff on day 1 of your expedition along with the copy of your vaccination record.
Yes, Quark Expeditions will administer a PCR test on all guests upon arrival at their pre-night hotel. A negative test result is required from guests in order to board the vessel.
In these circumstances you would not be able to continue on your expedition, but you would be eligible to receive an FTRC for the value of your voyage under Quark Expeditions Book With Confidence Policy
Even though our ships will be 100% vaccinated we recommend wearing masks indoors where social distancing cannot be maintained. We will no longer require guests to complete a PCR test on Day 4 of the expedition.
In order to obtain a 100% vaccinated ship all passengers, including children, must be vaccinated to join their expedition. With vaccine technology constantly evolving, new avenues to vaccinate minors may become available before your departure commences. We ask that you monitor the situation in your country of residence and if you find your child will not be vaccinated in time for your expedition please reach out to us to review your options.
Yes – in order to obtain 100% vaccinated ships all passengers must be vaccinated to join their expedition. As COVID-19 is a constantly evolving situation our medical advisors will evaluate any scientific changes and if it is determined our policy on vaccinations needs to be amended, we will advise our guests of these changes. In the event our policy has not changed 40 days prior to your expedition please reach out to us to review your options.
Quark will also require that staff and crew be vaccinated. Unforeseen circumstances and / or regulations may require us to allow for limited exceptions. In the case of any exceptions affected staff and crew members will be tested via PCR testing and will be subject to further testing and monitoring while aboard.
At this point in time the vaccination policy is in effect for all voyages in all available seasons. As COVID-19 is a constantly evolving situation our medical advisors will evaluate any scientific changes and if it is determined our policy on vaccinations needs to be amended.