Birding at Hakalau, photo by Chris Brown.

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Updated August 17, 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 currently require that participants be fully vaccinated prior to traveling and as of August 17, 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 a PCR test prior to your trip.

Some international travel may still require pre-trip testing, depending upon the destination. All US citizens returning to the US after international travel are required to have a negative PCR test upon arrival to the US. Wildside will arrange for testing to be done in time for your return flights.


  • All participants must show proof of a full vaccination (including the post-final dose two week waiting period) before our tour begins..
  • 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

  • Use of face coverings while in transportation will be optional as all participants will be vaccinated.
  • We will follow all local/regional laws and mandates if more strict than the above.
  • Wildside will provide access to sanitizer, however, bring your own masks for public areas in hotels and restaurants as needed and personal sanitizer will certainly add to your comfort and safety.
  • Distancing and outdoor/take-out dining will be preferred to indoor dining. Depending on the trip, take-out dinners may be 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!