Information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Many parents and students are worried about how COVID will impact their plans to study high school abroad or go on a student exchange program.

In the Fall of 2020 we placed and hosted thousands of students at our USA high schools, as well as Canada, UK, Ireland and European high schools. These students had an amazing and safe time in their schools and in their host families or dormitories.

Looking ahead to 2021, the safety of our students is our highest priority, so we will not consider that your child travel without first ensuring that the country is ready to accept international students. We want to confidently let our students embark on their new, exciting adventure, without having to worry.

Below, you can read about the current situation in the USA, UK, Ireland and Canada. We will add updates and information on more countries continuously.

Updated June 19, 2021

 

In General:

Will it be possible to travel for a high school program abroad in Fall 2021?

Many countries like the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland and European Union countries have allowed for more flexible guidelines when it comes to international students who come for a longer period of time and stay in a fixed place (in comparison to general tourists). Some countries have specific restrictions, please read below.

At the moment our high schools in most countries are accepting students for Autumn 2021, although spaces for new applications are limited. Educatius Group and its partners will work hard and vigorously to ensure that our exchange students “once-in-a-life-time” dreams will come through, unless government restrictions prohibit the arrival of international students. If Educatius Group receives specific information that prevents the exchange program for happening in Fall 2021, we will immediately inform our clients and partners. 

Are students covered for COVID-19 by their medical insurance during his or her program?

Yes. The treatment of any accident or illness, including related to COVID-19 that occurs to the international student during his or her program will be covered by insurance, in the USA and all our destinations. If they are not sick, but want to get a test, that is not covered by insurance.

 

USA

Overall High School Program in Fall 2021

  • The USA F-1 High School program and our staff are continuing to prepare for the coming academic season. The vast majority of our USA high school partners are very enthusiastic about welcoming Educatius’ international students.
  • The USA is doing a fantastic job with its vaccination program, with about 45% of its population vaccinated as of June 19.
  • The USA government has an aggressive plan to reopen school safely by the Spring of 2021.

USA Visas and Travel Restrictions

  • Although general tourists from the European Schengen area, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Republic of Ireland , China, Brazil, Iran and South Africa are unable to travel the USA currently, international students traveling on an F-1 or a J-1 visa are allowed to enter the USA.
    • Our international students arrive in the United States on a F-1 "Student visa” (with which our students enter the United States). This visa belongs to the “non-immigrant visa” category. Because of this, any possible US immigration restrictions for students from most countries do not apply to our program.

USA - Will I need to quarantine?

Please view the CDC website for the latest advice. Students who are fully vaccinated are not required to self-isolate by the CDC. Some schools might have specific requirements.

USA - Do I need a COVID Test?

All travelers entering the USA are required to show proof of a negative COVID (PCR) test taken within 3 days of departure, including those fully vaccinated. Details of accepted test types can be found here:

Students should travel with their COVID test result documentation available and be able to present it at departure and upon arrival, if needed. The test should be taken within three calendar days of departure.

USA – Do I need a vaccine?

The vaccine is now widely available in the US to anyone 16 years or older, and increasingly more states are opening eligibility to children as young as 12.

As vaccine access varies across the world, Educatius will not require your students to be vaccinated upon arrival to the U.S. If students have not been vaccinated in their home countries prior to arrival, we strongly recommend that they get their COVID-19 vaccine upon arrival. Getting vaccinated will help ensure their safety and will allow them to participate in more activities with ease.

USA – Can I get a vaccine while I’m on my program?

Yes! In order for students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine while on the Educatius program, we will require a COVID Vaccine Consent Form to be signed by the student and the natural parents.

Local School Requirements

As some US schools and localities have their own guidelines and regulations regarding school registrations and COVID, our teams will be coordinating the communication of relevant detail to be shared with enrolled students.

 

THE UNITED KINGDOM

Overall High School Programme in Autumn 2021

  • The United Kingdom has fully vaccinated 47.2% of its population as of 19th June 2021. All adults over aged 18 will have received their first dose by the end of July 2021.
  • Initial data has suggested that the vaccination programme is having a positive impact on Covid-19 hospitalisations, despite growing rates of Covid-variants.
  • With the success of the UK vaccination program, the UK is planning a full re-opening of society by July 2021: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56158405

UK Visas and Travel

Travelers from most countries can enter the UK, with the exception of travelers from “Red Countries” – the updated list can be fund here:

Additional details for the link above:

  • The list is updated every 3 weeks.
  • Travelers coming direct from Red Countries will only be permitted into the UK with a valid visa and will need to book into a government quarantine hotel (along with an adult) or be placed in quarantine at a boarding school.
  • Amber list countries will need to self-isolate upon arrival.

UK - Do I need a COVID Test?

Yes, you must show a negative COVID test taken 3 days prior to departure to the UK. More details on types of tests and results accepted:

UK - Will I need to quarantine?

Yes, arrivals from Amber List countries are required to quarantine (isolate at home) for 10 days after your arrival in the UK. For details:

There is the opportunity to participate on the Government-run Test to Release scheme (for an additional fee) thus ending the quarantine period after 5 days:

Additional details for the link above:

  • Red list countries will quarantine for a full 10 days at a government run hotel or within their boarding school dormitory (if this offered).
  • Green list arrivals will not need to quarantine.

UK – Do I need a vaccine?

No, this will not be necessary.

English Tests (IELTS for UKVI)

The updated list of IELTS testing centers can be found here:

UK High Schools

  • Schools were re-opened March 8, 2021.
  • Lesson have been 100% in person since schools re-opened. Hand sanitizer is readily available on site and students are able to wear masks if they choose, however this is not compulsory.
  • Students in UK schools have had the option of twice weekly Covid-19 testing since March.

 

IRELAND

Irish Visas and Travel

From 19 July Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. Passengers from the EU/EEA can arrive in Ireland freely. This also applies to arrivals from the UK and USA.

Outside of these countries, travel into Ireland is also possible and regulations depend on if the EU has applied an “Emergency Brake” on the country of origin:

Ireland- Do I need a COVID Test?

Possibly. Students from the EU/EEA or USA can enter Ireland without a COVID test if they can show they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from COVID-19 on their DCC. A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival will be needed if a student has neither.

Students from other countries will need to take a PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

Ireland - Will I need to quarantine?

Students from the EU/EEA or USA will not have to quarantine on arrival.

Students from other countries will only need to quarantine if they aren’t fully vaccinated. If these students aren’t vaccinated they will either need to quarantine in the host family home or in a government hotel for 14 days (depending on country of origin).

Irish High Schools

  • Schools reopened in March with a phased approach with all students back in face to face learning after the Easter holidays.
  • Irish society is now beginning to fully reopen. In June, hotels and B&Bs have reopened, along with cinemas and theatres. Outdoor services are available in restaurants and bars, sports matches have resumed, and gyms, pools and leisure centres have reopened.

 

CANADA

Canada Study Visas and Travel

Currently, international students are able to enter Canada for a high school program on a study permit only, even for semester programs.

Canada High Schools

Most Canada high schools have re-opened for in person classes, although this is handled on a regional basis.

Canada - Do I need a COVID Test?

Yes, you must show a negative COVID test taken 72 hours prior to departure to Canada, if you have a connecting flight to Canada it must be within 72 hours of your flight that enters Canada. It must be a PCR test; the common rapid antigen tests are not accepted. More details on types of tests and results accepted:

You will need to take a test upon arrival at the airport and again within 10 days of arrival

Canada - Do I need to quarantine?

Yes, you are required to quarantine (self - isolate) for 14 days after your arrival in Canada. Students under 18 years old are exempt from the Canada mandatory hotel quarantine, but still must self-isolate at home for 14 days. For districts where host families are not comfortable having students self-isolate in the host family, the district and their staff will arrange for students to self-isolation in a hotel as needed under their supervision and care For details about at home self-isolation:

Canada - Do I need a vaccine to enter Canada?

As of June 15th, International students are not required to show proof of vaccination to enter Canada. Self-isolation rules may be shortened in the coming weeks though by the government for anyone who is fully vaccinated. Since this would make arrivals much easier and comfortable for our students, should your country have access to an approved vaccine for teenagers (Pfizer, Moderna etc.) we strongly recommend for students to be vaccinated where possible prior to arrival. We realize that not all countries have access to this for teenagers. Post arrival, it may be possible to receive a vaccine (for a cost) as Canada has approved vaccinations for students ages 12 and up, but we do not yet have details about this for International students and receiving a vaccine post arrival is not guaranteed. Without full vaccination, we expect the self-Isolation of 14 days to continue to be in effect.

 

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