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Information about novel Corona-Virus (COVID 19)

[As of October 10, 2021]

At a glance

  • Travellers of all nationalities can currently enter Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Africa, India, 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 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 out of 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 August 12, 2021
It is possible to enter Tanzania and Zanzibar and flights have been reliably availble since June 2020. Since May 4, 2021, a negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR) must be presented upon entry, whereby the test must be carried out a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Tanzania. There is currently no quarantine required for travellers from any county of origin!
We have a larger number of participants in Tanzania and Zanzibar. 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 50 USD (from August 16) 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 at a cost of USD 10 (from August 16), and at the two test centres in Zanzibar for USD 25.
Without any travelling, you can also join a wide range of online/remote internships, online Swahili classes out of Tanzania and Herbal Medicine online lessons out of Zanzibar.
Kenya - updated August 31, 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 August 8, 2021
Most of our programs in South Africa are running.
Travellers need to bring a negative PCR test result, no older than 72 hours before the departure from their home country. 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. All entrants must use the COVID Alert South Africa app.
In cities, there is a mask requirement in public.
Most wildlife conservation projects we work with continue are operating normally and receiving foreign volunteers. During the outdoor activities within the closed group of volunteers and employees, you do not have to wear a mask after 14 days. Newly arriving participants must wear a mask when they are around other people and must take their meals at a distance from the rest of the group.
Without any travelling, you can also join virtual/remote internships out of South Africa.
India - updated October 11, 2021
India will start from October 15, 2021 to issue tourist visas again, which make it possible to join our programs. The arrival for passengers on commercial flights is possible from November 15, 2021.
The Ministry of Finance has even announced on September 25 to give free tourist visas to the first 500,000 visa applicants from Europe, America, Australia, Japan and Korea who will be visiting India.
Without any travelling, you can also join online/remote internships and Hindi language classes out of India.
Bolivia - updated August 18, 2021
It is possible to enter Bolivia whereby you must bring a negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours prior to your flight departure.
On paper, travelers must also be quarantined at home for 10 days. However, this is not checked and does not have to be strictly adhered to, so that it does not affect participation in our volunteering and internships programs. We have some new placements which are mostly outdoors, minimizing any risks from aerosols. Due to the long-term covid restrictions, many people in Bolivia have suffered major economic losses and have to be supported by social organizations. We want to encourage you to participate now. Volunteers and interns are needed to support many organizations that are active in covid relief-related work. All placements with the exception of schools and children's projects are fully operational and in need of volunteers and interns! Some new programs we are offering now, trying to reduce the negative effects from the covid restrictions, include a food bank, a drinking water project, a social project for street children and permaculture horticulture.
Without any travelling, you can also join online/remote internships and online Spanish classes.
Ecuador and Galapagos - updated August 31, 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 August 18, 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 arriving from the EU and EEA and you have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, you do not need to quarantine.
Anyone not holding a digital EU Covid certificate must do a mandatory 14 days home quarantine. This home quarantine 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. It is possible to end the period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a negative or ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival.
Travelers from certain countries ("Designated States") however must quarantine at a government-approved hotel at their own expense. Those include mostly Latin American and African countries. The full list is available here.
We also offer online/remote internships out of Ireland.
Nicaragua - updated August 18, 2021
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. If you are travelling from Africa, Oceania or Asia, the test can be taken up to 96 hours prior to arrival.
Covid-19 tests are available when required to leave Nicaragua and can be scheduled online.
Without any travelling, you can also join virtual/remote internships out of Nicaragua.

Germany - updated September 25, 2021
Our programs in Germany are fully operational.
The entry requirements depend on whether you are entering from a country that the German Federal Foreign Office classifies as a high-risk area or a virus variant area.
If you want to enter from a high-risk area or virus variant area, you have to quarantine for 10 days, which however can be bypassed if you can proof full vaccinated or having recovered (within the last 6 months) by uploading the relevant documents to /.
Those who are not fully vaccinated or have recovered must show a negative Covid test result (PoC rapid test or PCR test) and have to go straight from the airport to the 10-day quarantine accommodation, which however can be terminated if you test negative after 5 days.
Anyone entering from a country that is not classified as a high-risk area or virus variant area must either upload a negative test result or proof of vaccination or recovery and there is no quarantine.
At the moment, depending on the federal state, there is the "2G" or "3G" system in place in Germany, which stands for "Geimpft, Genesen (oder Getestet)" (Vaccinated, recovered (or tested)), which regulates admission to restaurants, bars and events. Without a vaccination or proof of recovery, you have to accept restrictions in everyday life.
Malta - updated August 8, 2021
If you have a recognised covid vaccine certificate, with the final dose of the vaccine having been administrated at least 14 days prior to arrival, you can enter Malta without any quarantine requirements.
Any person arriving in Malta without a vaccine certificate must however be in the possession of a negative PCR test result, with the test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Malta. Additionally, a mandatory quarantine of 14 days applies to any traveller without a recognised covid vaccine certificate. The quarantine has to be done at a hotel allocated by the Maltese authorities and the traveller has to cover the costs of 100 EUR per night.
All entrants must also fill out the digital "Passenger Locator Form" (PLF) before departure.
Morocco - updated August 28, 2021
Travelers from countries not on this list can enter Morocco if they can provide proof of full vaccination with AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen, Covishield, Moderna, Sinovac. Those travelling from those countries who are not vaccinated must present a negative PCR test result, which must not be older than 72 hours before departure for Morocco.
Travelers from countries that are on the list must show a PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old if they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people from these countries have to be quarantined for 10 days in a hotel assigned by the authorities.
China - updated October 24, 2020
It is possible for all nationalities to enter China on a Work visa. We can arrange jobs as English (and other foreign language) teacher and in hotels on a Work Visa if you commit for at least one year. To get the visa, you have to have at least a BA degree that you have completed at least 2 years ago. 
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).
We also offer online/remote internships out of China.
Israel - updated August 2, 2021
Travellers can enter Israel from all countries except for Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, Russia, Argentina, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Great Britain, Cyprus, Georgia and Turkey.
An entry permit has to be applied for online: E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!
An additional entry statement form has to be submitted within 24 hours before scheduled arrival:
Entry to Israel will only be permitted if you have a negative PCR test result from 72 hours prior leaving the country of origin. At your arrival to Israel, you must take an additional PCR test that needs to be paid for (NIS 80 if prepaid; NIS 100 if paid at the airport). You need a health insurance covering expenses related to the coronavirus (such as Caremed).
You have to isolate until you have received the result of the test taken at the airport (maximum 24 hours).
Travelers who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 have to isolate for 14 days. The isolation can be shortened if a second test taken on the 7th day of the isolation is negative. The isolation can be at your accommodation in Israel if you are not coming from location which is classified as highest Covid-19 risk.
Travelers who are vaccinated against covid do not have to isolate (but still need serologic test taken at airport on arrival with positive result).
The programs that we are currently offering in Israel include farm work across Israel, human rights / anti-discrimination internships and social work and education placements in Tamra.
You can do a Human Rights/Anti-Racism work remote internship out of Israel.
Japan - updated September 25, 2021
After months of only negative news and hopelessness in the population regarding Covid, despite the low numbers of covid cases at any time in the international comparison, there seems to be finally a little bit more confidence in the population that the epidemic might come to an end at some point, probably related to the increasing progress in vaccination and the end of the "5th wave". In a recent survey, 49% of the population said that as soon as a large proportion of the population is vaccinated (more than 80% will be inoculated by November), the corona-related restrictions should be reduced. 9% want this to happen even sooner. The rest of the population still prefers the corona restrictions not to be lifted at all, even when a high percentage of the population will be vaccinated.
The government has already started reducing some restrictions, e.g. the duration of the quarantine for returning Japanese and residents who are fully vaccinated has been reduced from 14 to 10 days and has announced more relaxation to happen from October. 
While these seem extremely small steps, they are something completely new after restrictions have only been tightened since December 2020.
We estimate or at least hope that some visa categories such as student visas, business visas and hopefully working holiday visas with conditions (e.g. the need to have a digital vaccine passport + quarantine) may be reintroduced at the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022, making participation in some of our programs possible. Once it is possible, we will of course (as in October/November/December 2020, when some visas were issued for a short time) issue all the necessary documents for the visa application (e.g. written pledges) and also offer the logistics (e.g. quarantine, individual airport pick-up) following government regulations.
Working Holiday Visa, Cultural Activities Visa, Business Visa, Designated Activities Visa, Tourist Visa and Temporary Visitor Status are currently not issued.
Applications for a Certificate of Elegibility for Student Visas with a stay of more than one year and entry from February 2022 onwards are currently accepted by the immigration authorities in Japan. If you book full-time Japanese language lessons for 5 terms (= 15 months), you may be able to enter Japan then. Holders of a Student Visa can also get a work permit allowing them to do fully remunerated work for a maximum of 28 hours per week. We are currently giving our Working Holiday Tokyo package at no additional cost to anyone who books 5 terms of Japanese classes!
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Japan has been low at all times compared to the rest of the world. During the whole time of corona restrictions we have had a large number of participants in Japan who have entered Japan before the travel restrictions became effective and during the opening between October and December 2020. At our sharehouse in Tokyo we are taking extensive measures to prevent infections. Our Tokyo office is open and our team in Japan is available.
Myanmar - updated December 28, 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.
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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