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Information about novel Corona-Virus (COVID 19)

[As of July 14, 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 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 May 4, 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 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 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 March 11, 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.
Bolivia - updated June 7, 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.
On paper, travelers from many countries must also be quarantined at home for 14 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 May 24, 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 and 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. Countries currently on the list include Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Turkey, USA and Canada. The full list is available here.
We also offer online/remote internships out of Ireland.
Nicaragua - updated December 20, 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.

Germany - updated March 11, 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 July 14, 2021
The plan that from July 14, 2021 only travelers who are fully vaccinated will be allowed into the country was dismissed shortly before midnight due to pressure from the EU.
  • if you show a vaccination certificate (all vaccinations with the vaccines of the manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Biontech, Astrazeneca and Moderna are accepted, also cross vaccinations) or
  • iff you shows a confirmation of recovery from COVID-19 infection. The confirmation is valid for six months from the time the infection is discovered.
  • Those who have not been vaccinated or recovered must show a negative PCR test that was carried out a maximum of 72 hours before departure.
All entrants must also fill out the digital "Passenger Locator Form" (PLF) before departure.
Morocco - updated January 25, 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 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 June 24, 2021
The opening of the border for individual travelers who are fully vaccinated which was announced to be from July 1st, 2021 was postponed to August 1st, 2021!
In addition to the vaccination certificate, all travelers to Israel will then need a negative PCR test result, which was issued before the flight, and must do another Covid test upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.
The programs that we will be offering again in Israel from July include farm work across Israel, human rights / anti-discrimination internships and work with children.
You can do a Human Rights/Anti-Racism work remote internship out of Israel.
India - updated February 26, 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 June 28, 2021
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!
After months of hesitation and sluggish progress, the speed of vaccination in Japan has increased significantly in the last few days and it is assumed that a vaccination rate will be reached in October 2021 that induces herd immunity.
At the same time, according to newspaper reports, Japan wants to join the EU's vaccine passport system and is currently in negotiations with foreign governments such as the EU, USA, Canada and Australia to make travel possible again, making use of the vaccine passport. Contrary to first reports, the vaccine passports should be based on reciprocity, which means vaccine passports issued abroad should also entitle to enter Japan. From the end of July such vaccine passports, initially in paper form, will be issued to people who have been vaccinated in Japan. At a later date, entering Japan on a foreign vaccine passport should be possible again.
Since the government is currently focusing on the Olympic Games, to which foreign visitors will not be permitted, we assume that the issue of the gradual opening of the border will only be looked into again after the Paralympics (beginning of September) and that the situation will then have to be reassessed.
As soon as entry is possible again, it can be assumed that further precautionary measures for corona security will apply, but no information is available yet. If documents from Japan are required for the visa application (such as a written pledge), we can issue them as part of our programs in Japan.
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 fully 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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