Travel Updates for Winter 2024 Updates on the latest events that might impact our tours around the world.

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New Ticketing Policy for the Vatican Museums

Be prepared for longer entry lines

The Vatican Museums have announced a new ticketing policy for visitors touring the museums with a guide that is resulting in a longer wait time than usual.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before your tour starts to avoid long entry lines
  • Our experts are prepared and informed of the new policies
We will continue to update our website as developments aries, and will be in contact with any clients who may be affected by these new policies. Please feel free to contact our team at info@contexttravel.com with any questions or concerns.

Potential Volcanic Eruption in Iceland

Monitoring for disruptions and safety concerns

Context Travel is monitoring the potential for travel disruptions and safety concerns in Iceland due to volcanic activity. Our partners and collaborators in Iceland are helping us gauge the situation. If necessary, Context will block tours from being bookable. 

Currently, no tours are affected. Our Client Experience Team will contact clients directly if that should change. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out via our chat or email us at info@contexttravel.com
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street view of the colosseum structure

New Entry Requirements for Colosseum Visitors

All clients must bring a valid photo ID

Starting October 24th, the Colosseum requires all visitors, including children regardless of age, to show a valid photo ID or passport that matches the name on the ticket their guide holds.

  • Everyone on the tour (including children) must bring valid original identification - a copy will not suffice.
  • The ID must match the name on the ticket to avoid issues at entry.
All affected clients through December 31st, 2023 have been notified through e-mail. Please contact us at info@contexttravel.com with any questions or concerns about your tour. 

Short-Term Cancellation of Tours in Israel

New bookings not being accepted

Context is actively monitoring the situation in Israel. We are in direct contact with our experts and partners on the ground to provide additional support. 

We have cancelled all tours in Israel until October 21. Our client team will be in touch with impacted clients directly. Further cancellations will be evaluated as necessary. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation, so we have decided not to accept new bookings for service dates in October and November. We hope to resume normal operations quickly. 

For any questions, please contact info@contexttravel.com.
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View of the front of Sagrada Familia looking straight up

Ongoing Ticket Supply Issue for Sagrada Familia

Higher than Usual Possibility for Reschedules

Due to high demand, Context, along with other tour operators in Barcelona, are dealing with ongoing ticketing issues for the Sagrada Familia. Our fulfillment team is working overtime and communicating daily with the venue to negotiate ticket availability for the many Sagrada Familia tours we operate daily. 

With that said, there may be a higher-than-usual need for tour reschedules until the ticket supply normalizes. Our Client Experience team is keeping a close eye on the situation and will be in contact with any clients and advisors whose bookings might be affected.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate this temporary situation, and invite you to email us at info@contexttravel.com if you have any questions or concerns about a tour.

Olympic Stress Tests in Paris

Rolling Disruptions Expected

Context is expecting that there will be rolling disruptions related to road closures, venue closures, construction and safety testing in the lead-up to the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics in Paris. We are actively monitoring the situation, but given the nature of the testing carried out by the Police and the Olympic Committee, the situation is constantly evolving. Advance notice may not always be provided, and some tours may be impacted on the ground. Context's Client Experience team will always contact clients ahead of time with alternative options when and where possible. 

Paris as a city will be a living venue with many events taking place outdoors along the Seine, in everyday neighborhoods, and at Versailles. Context is proud to see one of our iconic destinations celebrated in this way and supportive of the Olympic Committee's goal to connect the city's unique geography and history to the games. We also acknowledge that this poses new challenges to our operations and are working diligently to foresee impacts before they arise. 

Please email info@contexttravel.com or write to our chat if you have any questions or concerns. 
view of the Seine with the Eiffel Tower in the background
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Applications Open Soon for ETIAS Visa

New regulations impacting travelers to Europe in 2024

The implementation of ETIAS stems from an international effort to enhance security within the Schengen area. As the world faces new security challenges, European countries are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of their citizens and visitors alike. The new visa system will allow authorities to conduct better screening of travelers and prevent potential security risks.