FTLO Travel Alerts
At FTLO, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our travelers, team, and the local communities we visit. For the countries we travel to, we monitor reliable sources of information like the U.S. State Department’s travel alerts to stay up to date on anything that might impact our ability to run trips in a safe way.
For certain serious events, we will include information below about the situation and how it may affect travelers. We also encourage all travelers to sign up for the U.S State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates that allow them to make the most informed decisions about their travel plans.
current Travel Alerts
Updated September 9th, 2023
On September 8th an earthquake struck Morocco, approximately 70 kilometers southwest of Marrakech. Fortunately. As the situation is still evolving within the city and region, we are in constant contact with our travelers and our partners on the ground.
We are committed to the recovery in Morocco and will continue to run trips within the country as tourism plays a vital role in the local economy. Should there be any changes to future FTLO trips or itineraries, we will be in touch by email with booked travelers. More information can be found on the U.S. State Department website.
The Global Covid Pandemic
The US Government and World Heath Organization have both declared an end to the Covid public health emergency. Based on recommendations provided by health authorities, and taking into account in-destination regulations, industry standards, availability of testing, and traveler feedback, we have decided to remove our pre-trip Covid testing requirement. In place of this, we are asking all travelers to complete a Health Declaration Form, which will take two minutes to complete and will be sent via email before your trip.
For more information on FTLO’s current policies and practices as well as those in place in the locations we visit, please review our Covid FAQs or the U.S. State Department’s country-specific fact sheet.
Updated July 26th, 2023
Record-setting temperatures and dry conditions have led to wildfires in Europe, including several regions of Greece. While the situation is evolving, at this time, none of the areas our FTLO trip visits have been affected, and we foresee no changes to our itinerary.
We are in constant contact with our team on the ground and will continue to closely monitor the situation. If we do need to make any adjustments to our Greece itinerary, we will contact all affected travelers by email.
Updated July 26th, 2023
A record-setting heatwave has spread across large portions of southern Europe, with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some regions. While we are closely monitoring the situation, at this time, none of our itineraries have changed.
We are asking that all travelers exercise increased caution on all of our trips in regard to the heat; that means wearing hats, drinking lots of water, taking extra time to rest, and letting Trip Leaders know if you are feeling ill. We will continue to work with our teams on the ground across Europe to assess the situation and make updates as we see fit. If any changes are needed, we will contact affected travelers by email.
Updated March 22, 2023
In February of 2023, several earthquakes struck southern Turkey. Since then, FTLO has been in constant contact with partners on the ground.
While the situation has been difficult in some regions, none of the areas we travel to on the FTLO trip were directly impacted by the earthquakes. Because of that, we’ve made no changes to the itinerary, and we do not expect to at any time in the future.
As tourism plays a vital role in contributing to the Turkish economy, we will continue to run trips within the country. We will also continue to monitor the situation closely along with our on-the-ground partners. Should there be any changes, we will be in touch by email with travelers on our upcoming trips.
The U.S. government advises travelers visiting Turkey to avoid any areas affected. More information can be found on the U.S. State Department website.