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Information about novel Corona-Virus (COVID 19)

[As of October 2, 2022]

At a glance

  • Travellers of all nationalities can enter all of the countries in which we run our programs with the exceptions of China.
  • And we also have virtual internships and online courses that don't require any travel.

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 Uketsuke zumi-sho for our programs in Japan, please note the special cancellation conditions in this case.

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, Zanzibar, Ireland, Nicaragua, South Africa, Bolivia and Ecuador. New offers are constantly being added.

What is the situation like in the various host countries?

Japan - updated October 2, 2022
From October 11, 2022, Working Holiday Visas will again be issued without the need to have an uketsuke zumisho (ERFS) document from Japan.
Also, from October 11, the Temporary Visitor Status (visa exemption) for stays of up to 90 days will be reintroduce for all nationalities who were able to obtain the visa exemption prior to the covid-related travel restrictions. Citizens of the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico and Liechtenstein can extend the Temporary Visitor Status by another 90 days while in Japan. For those nationals that require a tourist visa, it is possible to obtain it again for individuals from October 11 without the need to have an uketsuke zumisho (ERFS).
This means that participation in all our programs (Working Holiday, internships, language programs, volunteering) is possible again.
Entry into Japan requires either a triple covid vaccination (the third vaccination must be completed 14 days or more prior to arrival) OR a negative PCR test result with the test being taken within 72 hours prior to the departure for Japan.
Since March 2022, the arrival day for participation in the Working Holiday and internship programs has been changed to Fridays (if you don't want to move into our sharehouse and/or don't need to be picked up from the airport, you can also arrive on other days of the week). Arrival for our Mother Nature program on Sado Island is always on Fridays and Mondays.
Tanzania and Zanzibar - updated March 18, 2022
It is possible to enter Tanzania and Zanzibar and flights have been reliably availble since June 2020.
Since March 17, 2022 anyone having proof of vaccination against covid, does not need to show a negative PCR test result upon entry to Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Anyone else must upon entry show a negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR), 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 February 16, 2022
Our programs in South Africa are running as usual and there are flights.
The Omicron wave in South Africa is over and under Restriction Level 1 everyday life is almost unrestricted.
The only restrictions are:
* There is a curfew from midnight to 4 a.m.
* Restaurants and bars must close at 11 p.m.
* Mask requirement in public spaces
* Events have a maximum of 750 participants indoors and 2000 participants outdoors OR a maximum of 50% maximum occupancy of the event location (whatever is the smaller number)
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.
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 March 29, 2022
E-Visa are now issued again of any duration, including 30 days, 3 months, 1 year and 5 years. This makes participation in all of our programs possible again.
The one-week quarantine on entry has also been lifted.
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 March 18, 2022
All covid-related entry restrictions have been removed on March 12, 2022.
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 February 5, 2022
From February 7, travelers can enter Morocco if they can provide proof of full vaccination with AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen, Covishield, Moderna, Sinovac. Additionnally, a negative PCR test resultis required, which must not be older than 48 hours prior to arrival in 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 February 25, 2022
From March 1, 2022, all travellers (regardless of whether vaccinated or not), from all countries will be able to travel to Israel.
All travellers flying to Israel must take a PCR test on landing at the airport. Then, they must go straight to wherever they are staying, and quarantine for up to 24 hours until they receive a negative result. The results usually arrive in 6-12 hours, meaning that the quarantine is usually much less.
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.
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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