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Travel Safety Message

As America's oldest educational tour operator in business for 52 years, CHA has a great deal of experience in operating international tours and has established an excellent reputation for reliability in our field. Each year, thousands of American teachers and students journey safely throughout Europe and around the world on CHA tours, over one million passengers in total since the company began in 1969.

Our Position on Safety

Throughout CHA's extensive 52-year history in the educational travel field, we have experienced several serious international crises. Through these times, the welfare of our passengers has remained our primary concern. We share in the concerns of all Americans and want to reassure you of our commitment to the safety of our passengers.

Quite simply, CHA will not operate a tour if it is not safe to do so. CHA remains in close contact with the U.S. State Department and will abide by any Official Travel Advisories it issues (of level 3 or higher) prohibiting American citizens to travel to particular foreign countries considered unsafe to political instability, terrorism or health concerns. We also consult the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) on a regular basis and will adhere to any regulations and recommendations that they institute to protect the safety of U.S. citizens.

Our Global Network

CHA’s world headquarters in located in Philadelphia, PA. As an international company, CHA also is in daily contact with our staff around the world (including those at work in our offices in major cities in Europe as well as our tour directors and local guides) who keep us informed on any local events and activities which may impact the normal operation of our tours. Being close to our groups while they travel allows for more timely responsiveness to handle any problems or emergencies which may arise.

Our Travel Arrangements & Suppliers

CHA only works with companies who share our safety and quality standards. CHA contracts with major international airline carriers and books its travelers on regularly scheduled flights only. CHA selects only safe, comfortable, and quality hotels. Routine visits and tour evaluation surveys completed by our teachers each year become the basis for reviewing our hotels, restaurants, motorcoaches, etc. in an effort to improve quality and safety on every level.

On-Tour Assistance

Once a CHA tour begins, travelers receive the full-time service of their professional, multi-lingual Tour Director. CHA Tour Directors meet our groups upon arrival overseas and remain with them until the time they board their return flights back to the United States. Along with the teacher who is responsible for chaperoning students according to CHA's Student Code of Behavior, Tour Directors will stress the importance of personal safety, caution and common sense at all times while traveling and are there to assist in handling emergencies on tour should they arise. In addition, national landmarks and major tourist attractions frequently visited on CHA tours have increased security measures to further protect our groups as they travel.

Health Guidelines

In light of the global pandemic of COVID-19, CHA will follow the current guidelines for travel safety as outlined by the CDC as well as the restrictions that apply in the countries visited during the CHA tour. Travelers should expect that facial masks and social distancing will be required on tour, especially in airports, on airplanes, on CHA buses and other forms of transportation during the tour as well as when visiting museums and other attractions. CHA will provide more specific information on the important safety requirements appicable to your destination before you depart which your CHA Tour Director will also review and reinforce when you arrive overseas.

At CHA, we are committed to providing the safest and most rewarding educational tours possible for our young travelers. We thank all of you for your continued support of educational travel and look forward to serving your travel needs in the future.


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