Birding at Hakalau, photo by Chris Brown.

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Updated April 2, 2021

We are all anxious to return to travel… yet, caution is necessary as we do so. Wildside has begun running trips in the USA again and by July will be heading to other countries as well.

We highly recommend that participants be fully vaccinated prior to traveling and as of April 2, 2021, those who have been fully vaccinated, including the two-week waiting period after the final dose, may join us on our US trips without requiring getting a PCR test prior to your trip.

International travel may still require pre-trip testing, depending upon the destination.


  • All participants must show proof of a full vaccination (including the post-final dose two week waiting period) or a negative COVID test within 4 days of the tour’s start date.
  • Small groups have always been favored and we will continue this policy especially now to promote social distancing. Each trip will be different, however, we will make every effort to keep trip participant numbers as low as reasonably possible while keeping trip costs reasonable.
  • Participants should self-assess their physical condition and self-screen their risk profile. If guests have symptoms, however mild or are in a household where someone has symptoms they are advised to stay home.
  • If group travel is still off your list, we are happy to offer private trips of 1-3 participants, whenever possible, for additional cost.

During the Tour

  • Strict use of face coverings while in transportation, in enclosed spaces, or when guests are in close proximity (under 10ft) of one another or the general public.
  • We will follow all local/regional laws and mandates if more strict than the above.
  • Daily monitoring of temperatures will be done for all leaders and participants.
  • Wildside will provide access to sanitizer and disposable masks, however, bring your own cloth masks and personal sanitizer will certainly add to your comfort and safety.
  • Distancing and outdoor/take-out dining will always be preferred to indoor dining. Depending on the trip, take-out dinners eaten in your hotel rooms, while other meals (or meal ingredients) may be purchased at grocery stores for breakfast and/or lunch in the field.

Please let us know if you have any questions!