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Information about novel Corona-Virus (COVID 19)

[As of August 18, 2020]
 

At a glance

 
  • Travellers of all nationalities can currently enter Tanzania, Zanzibar and Ecuador!
  • Travellers from a variety of nationalities (see details below) can enter Kenya
  • Travellers from most European countries can enter China (see details below)
  • Anyone from the EU or who can enter the EU (see details below) can currently start our programs in Ireland.
  • EU citizens, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders can currently start our Working Holiday Program in Berlin!
  • 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).
 

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, 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 04-08-2020
 
It is possible to enter Tanzania and Zanzibar! You only have to show a negative Corona test result which is not older than 72 hours prior to your departure. Since end of May airlines have started resuming their operations, including Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines and KLM.
 
Finally we have participants 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.
 
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.
 
Ecuador - updated 29-07-2020
 
There are flights to Ecuador. A negative PCR test result that is no older than 7 days before departure must be presented upon entry. You have to spend the first 14 days in self-isolation. You can spend these in our wildlife rehabilitation program in the Amazon rainforest where you can join the project activities as normal.
 
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 14-07-2020
 
EU citizens and anyone from a country that is classified as safe by the EU (currently Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay) can enter Ireland. A 14-day non-legally binding home quarantine applies on arrival. When you join our programs on farms and horse ranches, you can participate without any restrictions in the normal work on the farm and ranch, but you should avoid leaving the farm/ranch during the initial 14 days of your stay.
 
Germany - updated 14-07-2020
 
Without any quarantine, EU citizens and travelers from countries that are classified as safe and for which there is a Working Holiday Visa or Youth Mobility Visa for Germany can participate in our Working Holiday program in Berlin. This includes citizens from Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
 
China - updated 13-08-2020
 
Since 10th of August, 2020, citizens and residents of the following European countries can apply for visas at the Chinese embassies abroad. This means program participation is again possible: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, and the United Kingdom.
 
Kenya - updated 13-08-2020
 
Travellers arriving from Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Netherlands, United States of America (except the states of California, Florida, and Texas), Japan, South Korea, China, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia can enter Kenya without any quarantine, if they show a negative Corona test result, taken no more than 96 hours before travel to Kenya.
 
For all other travellers, mandatory 14 days of quarantine apply that need to be spent at a hotel assigned to you by the authorities on arrival that you must pay for (hotels of various price categories are offered to choose from)
 
Please note: You must arrive by airplane from above countries. Entering from Tanzania to Kenya (even if you are of one of above nationalities) will still result in 14 days of quarantine.
 
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.
 
Japan - updated 27-07-2020
 
Until August 30, 2020, Japan has suspended the validity of all visas issued abroad (including Working Holiday Visas) and the visa exemption (Temporary Visitor Status) for all new arrivals into Japan.
 
From September 2020, there will be large capacities available for corona tests in the three major airports Narita, Haneda and Kansai. It is not known whether this will mean that the border will open to travellers and to which type of travellers/visa categories.
 
As soon as the entry restrictions are lifted, you can enter on Working Holiday Visas that have already been issued, provided the visa is still valid. It is possible to re-apply for the visa if entry is not possible within the validity of the visa and you are not yet 31 years old.
 
No new visas are currently being issued. As soon as the entry restrictions are lifted, it is possible to apply for Working Holiday Visa again, but processing times of 3-4 weeks must be expected.

The "state of emergency" is now lifted for all prefectures. There are no more major corona-related restrictions in everyday life. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Japan has been low at all times compared to the rest of the world. The risk of infection inside of Japan is minimal. The entry ban is only kept up to prevent potentially corona infected travellers from entering Japan.
 
During the whole corona crisis we 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 still open and our team in Japan is fully available.
 
We also offer online/remote internships and online Japanese classes out of Japan.
 
India - updated 08-06-2020
 
International Flights to India have been suspended until 30th of June. The Minister of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, announced on May 22 that international flights to India might be possible again afterwards. Indian airports, airlines and tourism operators are currently preparing for corona-safe travel (social distancing, reducing passenger numbers, etc.).
 
The curfew within the country that has been in effect since March 24 is currently being phased out. Domestic flights have resumed services on 25th of May.
 
We have a small number of participants who have decided to continue their stay in India. Our teams are still available and the placement organisations are actively continuing their work. You can read the report of our participant Carin, who is currently in India.
 
Without any travelling, you can also join online/remote internships and Hindi language classes out of India.
 
South Africa - updated 27-06-2020
 
Since June 19th, South Africa has reduced the lockdown level to level 2 (on a scale from 1 with least restrictions to 5 with most restrictions). All national borders remain closed and international air traffic is suspended.
 
Without any travelling, you can also join virtual/remote internships out of South Africa.
 
Bolivia - updated 27-06-2020
 
Flights to Bolivia are currently suspended until June 30, 2020. Certain curfew restrictions are in place.
 
Without any travelling, you can also join online/remote internships and online Spanish classes.
 
Morocco - updated 08-06-2020
 
The curfew was lifted end of May 2020. It is now compulsory to wear a mask in public. Restaurants are open only for take-away and delivery. International flights are available from 15th of July.
 
Myanmar - updated 27-06-2020
 
International flights to Myanmar are currently stopped until June 30th.
 
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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