Greenheart Travel’s #1 priority is our travelers’ safety, both before and during each traveler’s program. With the recent news surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to take a moment to update you on our programming for 2021, including program cancellations and info on future programs. Over the last year and several months the global outbreak situation has been unprecedented and unpredictable. There are changes and new restrictions being announced around the world every day, and while we are optimistic about the global reopening, we are still anticipating border closures in some regions.
We are carefully monitoring the US Government advisements, the news, as well as information from our participants and partners.
For Travelers Already Abroad
At the time of this writing, High School Abroad programs have not been affected by COVID-19 cases. Local staff and host families are instructed to follow any government instructions and protocol to maintain the safest program possible. Please remember to follow CDC and government guidelines for vaccinated and also unvaccinated individuals, such as maintaining at least 6 feet of distance, wearing a mask, and washing your hands.
While in most destinations there are now partial lockdown orders, intermittent online or hybrid schooling, and city curfews, these restrictions are currently not affecting our students’ day-to-day activities. Greenheart Travel and our in-country partners are keeping a close eye on the number of COVID-19 cases affecting Europe and any restrictions being put in place.
Please refer to the COVID-19 Conditions Addendum you signed prior to departing for further information on contingency plans.
For Travelers Signed Up for Future Start Dates
As of writing this post, U.S. citizens are currently prohibited from entering some parts of the E.U., Japan, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia as tourists. This means that our volunteer-based Teaching Programs, Work Abroad Programs, and High School Abroad trimester programs in those destinations are still unable to run until these restrictions lift. The government policy in each destination changes frequently, so please continue to monitor our website for any updates, including start dates.
The E.U. reopened for vaccinated U.S. citizens this summer. The European Council’s recommendations state that only vaccinated travelers, those traveling for essential reasons, and those traveling for nonessential reasons from the list of approved countries should be allowed to enter Europe. However, each country in Europe ultimately has the final say on what its requirements are—and will be—for travelers entering its borders.
Here are Greenheart Travel’s European destinations that have announced clear entry instructions:
We are accepting applications for Teach English in a Homestay programs in those destinations.
The only country for our Teach English in a Homestay program that requires a mandatory quarantine upon arrival is South Korea. Travelers to that destination are required to have a mandatory two-week quarantine upon arrival at their own expense prior to meeting their host families.
If you are signed up for a non-high school abroad program and are not able to enter your destination country 6 weeks prior to your intended start date, please refer to the COVID-19 Cancellation and Refund Policy.
For our High School Abroad Programs in Europe, entry restrictions do not apply to high school abroad students applying for student visas (applies to semester and academic year programs). At the time of this update we are waiting government announcements in order to resume programs in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Argentina. We anticipate the borders will open for students in time for Spring 2022 programs in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Argentina.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your program and these changes please respond to the email you received today from your program manager with this same information, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Travelers Interested in Fall 2022
If you are interested in signing up for a Fall/Winter 2022 program, we will update our website to keep you posted on entry restrictions as we have them.
If you are not able to enter your destination country 6 weeks prior to your program start date, please refer to the COVID-19 Cancellation and Refund Policy. If you have questions or concerns regarding your program and these changes please respond to any email you received from your program manager or contact us at email@example.com.
For Travelers Signed Up for programs after this date:
We take applicants for programs as we learn of lifting travel advisories, etc. Greenheart Travel will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as necessary. Greenheart Travel will suspend or defer programs if it is determined that it is not safe or not possible to travel at that time. We will make a decision about whether a program will run 6 weeks before each program start date.
Please read our full COVID-19 cancellation and deferral policies here for all future programs, before signing up.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your program after September 1, 2020, please email your program manager, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the time of this writing, our insurance will only cover vaccinated travelers, so you must be vaccinated in order to be enrolled in the insurance that is included in your program fee. If not, you will be required to purchase your own insurance policy. Greenheart Travel highly encourages our participants who are able to seek vaccinations as this is likely going become a requirement for entry to the majority of countries.
Returning to the United States after your abroad program
As of January 26, 2021, all travelers to the United States are required to provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. This COVID-19 test will not be covered by Greenheart Travel insurance, and Greenheart Travel will not be responsible for any additional costs associated with flight changes, accommodation fees, or airport transfer fees incurred as a result of a positive COVID-19 test prior to departure.
Please thoroughly review the CDC’s FAQ regarding this requirement.
A Message to Our Community
We want to take a minute to express our solidarity with the world community and thank you for your understanding in this difficult time. We attempt to get information to you as quickly as possible, which can be very difficult given often rapidly fluid situations. As a small non-profit business, we also appreciate your understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters. Our participants have always been, and will remain, our number 1 priority. If we can help you please let us know. THANK YOU.