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Information about novel Corona-Virus (COVID 19)

[As of April 2, 2021]
 

At a glance

 
  • Travellers of all nationalities can currently enter Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Africa, Kenya, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ireland, Malta, Germany, Morocco and Ecuador!
  • It is possible to enter China on certain visa categories for which certain criteria must be met.
  • Many nationalities can currently start our Working Holiday and farmwork programs in Germany!
  • You can book all other program for later arrivals totally risk-free and you get bonus benefits!
  • And we also have virtual internships and online courses that don't require any travel.
 
Deciding quickly pays off! If you book your program participation within 30 days after first contacting with us, you will get a discount of 50 EUR. And your booking is totally risk-free, because additionally the following Corona Flexibility applies:
 

Our Corona Flexibility - absolutely risk-free bookings and bonuses for you!

 
In case travelling is not possible for your desired dates (because there is a travel ban to enter your chosen destination or to leave your home country), we can offer the following to everyone booking one of our programs abroad (not online/remote programs) from now on: (valid for bookings from April 20, 2020)
 
  • POSTPONE + BONUS: You can postpone your trip indefinitely. If you choose this option, we will give you a 10% bonus voucher for the value of your booked program (so you pay 100% and get 110%), which you can redeem for instance for accommodation costs at our accommodation abroad, for our language classes, excursions on site (where available) or any other programs you might book with us (cash payout not possible) 
  • CHANGE + BONUS: You can change your booking and join another program at another destination where travel is possible at no additional cost. In this case, too, we will give you a 10% bonus voucher for the value of your booked program.
  • CANCEL*: You can cancel the trip up to 14 days prior to your planned arrival date and we will refund all paid fees (minus any bank / credit card costs that may have been incurred).
* Does not apply in case of already issued written pledges for our programs in Japan, please note the special cancellation conditions for these.
 

What other options are there?

 
If you cannot travel, but you still want to gain international work experience or you want to learn something new, please consider our online internships and online courses (e.g. language classes). You can join these options remotely from home without traveling.
 
We currently have virtual/remote internships and online courses in Japan, Tanzania, India, Ireland, Nicaragua, South Africa, Myanmar, Bolivia and Ecuador. New offers are constantly being added.
 

What is the situation like in the various host countries?

 
Tanzania and Zanzibar - updated 02-04-2021
 
It is possible to enter Tanzania and Zanzibar and flights have been reliably availble since June 2020. Since 19th of October it is not necessary anymore to show a negative corona test result on arrival.
 
Finally we have a larger number of participants in Tanzania and Zanzibar again:-)!! The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Tanzania is low. We have implemented coronavirus safety measures for our programs in Tanzania and Zanzibar. Our offices in Zanzibar and Moshi have been open at any time during the corona crisis and our teams available. There are no travel restrictions within the country.
 
If you need a corona test to return to your home country of origin or for your flight back, PCR tests are available in various hospitals in all major cities. The price in mainland Tanzania is around 150 USD and in Zanzibar 80 USD. You get the result within 72 hours (official document is emailed or sent via Whatsapp), in the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam you get the result within 24 hours. Rapid antigen tests 4 hours before departure are available at Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Kilimanjaro (JRO) airports, and at the two test centres in Zanzibar for USD 25.
 
Without any travelling, you can also join a range of online/remote internships, online Swahili classes out of Tanzania and Herbal Medicine online lessons out of Zanzibar.
 
Kenya - updated 31-08-2020
 
International travellers can enter Kenya without any quarantine, if they show a negative Corona test result, taken no more than 96 hours before travel to Kenya.
 
In Kenya, there is currently a curfew from 9pm to 4am and it is obligatory to wear a mask in public areas. Both these restrictions are however not relevant/not affecting our volunteer placement with wildlife rangers in a remote National Park area.
 
South Africa - updated 11-03-2021
 
Case numbers are low now in South Africa and the program participation is possible.
 
Travellers need to bring a negative PCR test result, no older than 72 hours before the departure from their home country. If they cannot provide it or show any covid symptoms they must quarantine on their own cost.
 
A visa needs to be applied for before travelling to South Africa. The 3 airports open to international air travellers are Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban airport.
 
There is a strict mask requirement in public. All entrants must use the COVID Alert South Africa app. Furthermore, there is a daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
 
Land borders to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe were reopened on February 15.

Without any travelling, you can also join virtual/remote internships out of South Africa.
 
Nicaragua - updated 20-12-2020
 
It is possible to enter Nicaragua by flight via Managua airport when presenting a negative Corona test result, no older than 72 hours prior to arrival to Nicaragua. The land borderst to the neighbouring countries remain closed.
 
Without any travelling, you can also join virtual/remote internships out of Nicaragua.
 
Bolivia - updated 11-03-2021
 
It is possible to enter Bolivia by air and through land borders. In case of air travel, it is necessary to bring a negative PCR test that is not older than 7 days before departure. In case of entering Bolivia through a land border, the PCR test must not be older than 72 hours.
 
Passengers arriving from Europe need to spend 14 days in quarantine on arrival. Passengers who have spent the last 14 days in the UK need to have a valid visa (no visa on arrival for them).
 
In Bolivia there is still a curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday to Friday and 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend. It is compulsory to wear a mouth and nose covering in public at all times.
 
Without any travelling, you can also join online/remote internships and online Spanish classes.
 
Ecuador and Galapagos - updated 31-08-2020
 
There are flights to Ecuador. A negative PCR test result that is no older than 10 days before arrival to Ecuador must be presented upon entry. There is no more need for self-isolation on arrival.
 
Travelers on their way to Galapagos must, in addition to the negative RT-PCR test, which must not be older than 10 days before arrival in Ecuador, be tested again at Quito or Guaqaquil airport, where they have to wait a maximum of 48 hours for another negative test result, before they are allowed to proceed to the Galapagos Islands.

Without any travelling, the wildlife rehabilitation project in the Amazon rainforest also offers a remote internship and an online course with 10 modules.
 
Ireland - updated 25-03-2021
 
Entering the country and joining our programs is possible.
 
All passengers travelling to Ireland must have a negative/not detected Covid-19 PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland.
 
If you are travelling from a red listed country in the EU or grey country (non-EU), you must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. This can be waived if you return a negative/not-detected result from a PCR test taken no less than five days after arrival in Ireland. If you are arriving from a green and or orange list country, you will not be required to self-isolate on arrival
 
You can check the country lists here.
 
The self-isolation can be done with your host family. If you are staying on a farm/horse ranch, during the self-isoluation you are allowed to go outside and involve in the regular farmwork/horseranch work.
 
There is now an additional "High Risk Category 2" list of countries, for which self-isolation (e.g. on a farm) is not allowed from March, 26, but travellers have to qurantine at a pre-booked hotel at their own expense for 14 nights. From Europe, only Austria appears on this list.
 
We also offer online/remote internships out of Ireland.
 
Germany - updated 11-03-2021
 
Entrants from countries that are classified as high risk countries by the Robert Koch Institute have to be in quarantine for up to 14 days, but can be exempted from this prematurely with a negative test. You also have to register online before entering Germany.
 
Participation in the Working Holiday and Farmwork programs is currently possible, but Germany is in a lockdown state which imposes restrictions to everyday life. These restrictions constantly fluctuate between relaxation and tightening and are difficult to follow. Due to the difficult economic situation of companies that usually offer jobs for Working Holiday participants (such as the hospitality industry) it is currently more difficult to get working holiday jobs in Germany. At least the pace of vaccination seems to be picking up speed, so we assume that the situation will stabilize from around July 2021.
 
Malta - updated 19-01-2021
 
We have extensive internship opportunities in Malta, which we will add to our website shortly, you can already inquire, book and travel to Malta!
 
Malta classifies countries and regions (= location of the airport of the flight to Malta) into green, amber and red lists, for which different rules when entering Malta apply to travellers. Please note that the assignment to these lists regularly. Current information is available here.
 
Travelers from regions that are on the green list only have to fill out a form upon entry and state the whereabouts of the last 30 days. Ile-de-France region, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and a few other regions of Europe and overseas countries are on this list.
 
Travelers from regions on the amber list must have a negative PCR test before boarding a flight to Malta that was completed within the previous 72 hours. In addition, a quick test is carried out upon arrival at the airport in Malta. Most of Europe and Japan are on this list.
 
Travelers from regions that are on the red list must stay in a region that is on the green or amber list for at least 14 days prior to flying to Malta before they can travel to Malta and proceed through the regulations as described for the amber list.
 
Morocco - updated 25-1-2020
 
Since September 6, entering Morocco is possible if you bring a reservation of a hotel in Morocco or an invitation letter from a Moroccan organization. We can issue such letter for participation in our volunteering and internship programs in Morocco. Those only booking language lessons must stay in a hotel and show a hotel reservation when entering Morocco.
 
China - updated 24-10-2020
 
It is possible for all nationalities to enter China on a Work visa. To get a Work Visa certain requirements must be met by applicants and the activities in China. Please contact us for details about the currently possible options.
 
Upon entry, travellers need to stay in quarantine for 14-days at their own expense in a hotel assigned by the immigration authorities. You can choose the price category (300-800 CNY per night = 37-100 EUR/45-140 USD) though.
 
We also offer online/remote internships out of China.
 
India - updated 26-02-2021
 
India is preparing to offer tourist entry e-visas again shortly. We have registered the accommodation we use with India's SAATHI app system for hospitality providers and will meet the hygiene requirements. We will also provide to our participants the invitation letters which are needed to apply for the visa as soon as the visa application is possible again.
 
During the almost one year of border closure, we had a small number of participants who had decided to continue their stay in India. You can read the report of our participant Carin, who was in India during Covid times.
 
Without any travelling, you can also join online/remote internships and Hindi language classes out of India.
 
Japan - updated 25-03-2021
 
Participation in many of our programs was possible between end of October and end of December 2020, but due to the appearance of mutated virus variants, since Christmas 2020 Japan has completely stopped issuing all visa categories relevant to our programs and closed the borders since.
 
At first it was said that this measure would apply as long as the State of Emergency has been declared in some prefectures. On February 26 however it was published that the suspension of visa issuance and the border closure will continue even after there is no longer a State of Emergency. The State of Emergency has now ended in all of Japan.
 
It was announced that the Olympic Games (July 23 to August 8, 2021) will take place without foreign visitors. However, this refers to the visa exemption (Temporary Visitor Status) and tourist visa and does not necessarily mean that Working Holiday visas, student visas and other visas with which participation in many of our programs are possible, will also suspended until then.
 
If entry is possible again on an as yet unspecified date, it can be assumed that similar corona safety measures as between October-December 2020 will apply, including that a written pledge (Residence Track/Business Track) from a Japanese company is needed for the visa application, which we can issue for our program participants, that travelers must present a negative corona test (not older than 72 hours before departure), then have to be tested again at the airport in Japan and additionally have to spend 14 days in quarantine in Japan.
 
We have a separate page about Working Holiday in Japan during Covid-19, including details about the written pledge and other corona-related regulations.
 
Visas that were issued between October and December 2020 are still valid according to the current state of knowledge, but entry into Japan on these visas is currently suspended. Visas issued until March 2020 are no longer valid and must be applied for again.
 
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Japan has been low at all times compared to the rest of the world. During the whole corona crisis we have had a large number of participants in Japan who have entered Japan before the travel restrictions became effective. At our sharehouse in Tokyo we are taking extensive measures to prevent infections. Our Tokyo office is open and our team in Japan is fully available.
 
 
Myanmar - updated 28-12-2020
 
International flights to Myanmar are suspended until December 31, 2020.
 
Domestic flights within Myanmar have resumed on December 16 and domestic travel is possible again.
 
We have a small number of participants who have stayed in Myanmar. You can read the report of our participant Carina here.
 
Israel - updated 31-08-2020
 
Entering Israel is still not possible for our program participants.
 
You can do a Human Rights/Anti-Racism work remote internship out of Israel.
 
Ghana - updated 27-06-2020
 
International air traffic to Ghana is suspended until further notice. Travel within the country is not restricted, but there are restrictions on public gatherings, events, bars, etc. All schools are closed.

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