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Covid Information for Volunteering Projects Abroad – Updated 23rd February 2021

The spread of Covid is a worldwide concern at the moment. The safety of our volunteers and the communities where our volunteer projects are based is our top priority, and so we have created this guide with resources for anyone considering travelling abroad to minimise health risks and make an informed decision about their travel. This post will also be regularly updated as the situation develops based on the latest WHO advice.

The WHO provides updates on the virus, which can be found on their website here along with a global dashboard here.

For British travellers, the FCO has updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel unless you are legally permitted to do so.  Please note that the UK is no longer an EU country from 1st January 2021.


Country Status 

As of 23rd February 2021, the following countries that we have volunteer project located in, have announced that they are accepting tourists again and with certain requirements. Please see details below for each country and follow the links to get more detailed information.

In addition as of 27th January 2021, the British government is announcing a ban on entry to the UK from certain high risk countries if you aren’t a UK national or permanent resident.  If you are a Uk national or resident, you will have to quarantine for 10 days in a fully approved hotel.   Here is the list of countries affected.


Africa

Kenya: All travellers are able to enter the country, subject to usual visa rules. All travellers need to provide a PCR-based Covid negative certificate, tested no later than 96 hours before travel. All travellers will be screened on arrival; anyone displaying symptoms of COVID will be required to quarantine for the first 14 days of their stay. Some nationalities are required to quarantine upon arrival regardless of test results. Find more info here.

Namibia: From 1st September 2020, travellers can enter the country. Entry into Namibia will only be possible via Hosea Kutako International Airport, and all travellers must have a negative PCR Covid result before boarding their flight. From 22nd October 2020, travellers with a negative PCR Covid result that is less than 72 hours old will be permitted to travel freely in Namibia upon arrival. Travellers with a negative PCR Covid result that is older than 72 hours, but no more than 7 days old, will be required to spend their first 7 days under supervised isolation.

All travellers must complete a health questionnaire, which is to be handed in to the health staff on ground at the airport. All travellers  must, 14 days before entering Namibia, in writing inform the relevant Namibian diplomatic representative in the country of intended departure.  You can find more info about all of the above here.

21st January 2021 update – if you are travelling back from Namibia to the UK you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

South Africa: From November 2020, nationals from all countries are allowed to enter South Africa, as according to usual visa rules. All travellers must have travel insurance which gives some protection against COVID, and must provide a negative PCR COVID test from within the past 72 hours upon arrival. Find more info here.

21st January 2021 update – if you are travelling back from South Africa to the UK you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.


Asia

Maldives: From January 2021, all visitors to the Maldives will need to quarantine in a hotel approved facility for 10 days before you can travel in the rest of Maldives. You can find more info here and on test requirements here.

Nepal: From December 2020, all travellers can enter Nepal via air according to usual visa requirements. All travellers need to obtain a tourist visa from their local embassy/consulate before departure. All travellers must provide a negative COVID PCR test, no older than 72 hours prior to travel. From 22nd December 2020, travellers from the UK are not allowed to enter Nepal. You can find more info about entry to Nepal here.

Sri Lanka: From February 2021, all visitors to Sri Lanka will need to quarantine in a hotel approved facility for 14 days before you can travel in the rest of Sri Lanka. Within this package, you can also get a visa and health insurance cover which covers your stay in the country. You can find more information here.

Caribbean

Grenada: Travellers can enter Grenada and its islands with certain requirements in place. All travellers need to present a negative Covid PCR test, no more than 7 days old. Travellers from low risk countries don’t need to quarantine. All other travellers are required to book a Pure Safe Travel accommodation prior to arrival in Grenada and stay for min. 5 days for observation. You can find more details here and here.


Central America 

Costa Rica: As of 1st November 2020, the borders are again open to all countries in the world, as long as they meet the visa requirements when required, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic. Travellers must fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form online. All travellers who enter Costa Rica by air are not required to present a negative RT-PCR diagnostic test. You can find more updated info and the details of the requirements established here.

 

Europe

Croatia: EU/EEA nationals can now travel to Croatia for tourism purposes. It is necessary to present the confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment. Find more info here.

Greece: Visitors are subject to random tests upon arrival. International travellers will be required to fill in a detailed Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online at least 48 hours before entering the country. As of November 2020, all travellers must provide a negative COVID PCR test, no older than 72 hours prior to travel. Read more about this and find the Passenger Locator Form here.

Iceland: Residents/nationals of the EU/EEA and Switzerland are allowed to enter the country. All travellers are required to fill out a pre-registration form. New border measures since February 19 require all arriving passengers in Iceland to present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of their time of departure to Iceland. This is in addition to the current system of double screening, that also requires all arriving passengers to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test. Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection. The official information page on Covid for Iceland can be found here.

Italy: People travelling from EU/EEA countries, Monaco and San Marino are allowed to enter Italy. Travellers need to complete a self-declaration form before arrival. As of 3rd December 2020, travellers must provide a negative Covid test, taken no less than 48 hours prior, and communicate their entry to the Prevention Department of the competent Health Authority. Travellers from countries outside Europe can also enter Italy, but restrictions will depend on which government list that the country is listed on. Find more updated detailed info here.

Portugal: Residents/Nationals of EU/EEA countries, Australia, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay and China are allowed into Portugal. See the latest updates here and here.

21st January 2021 update – if you are travelling back from Portugal to the UK you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Slovakia: Travellers, who during the 14 days prior to entering Slovakia visited only EU member states, can either choose home isolation until they receive the negative RT-PCR test for COVID or must be able to present a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID done in the laboratories outside of Slovak Republic, not older than 72 hours. Travellers, who visited a country from outside the EU, is required to go into home isolation until obtaining a negative RT-PCR test for COVID, which should be taken on the 5th day of isolation the earliest. See more detailed information here.

Spain: All travellers have to fill in a FCS health control form online before arrival. As of 23rd November 2020, all travellers  from a high-risk country must show a certificate with a negative AIDT result, carried out in the 72h prior to arrival. You can find more info about travel to Spain and forms to fill in here.

 

South America

Ecuador: Travellers can now enter via Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport. All travellers need to present a negative PCR test for Covid-19, tested no later than 10 days before arrival. All travellers need to fill in and present a Traveller’s Health Declaration form, which will be provided upon arrival. You can find more details here.   Update:  The Ecuador Government has introduced a new protocol for travellers from the UK, New Zealand and Europe countries arriving in Ecuador. From the UK they would need to do a PCR within 10 days with a negative result and would be tested in Quito with the rapid antigen test. Assuming that was negative it is OK to travel. If the travellers don’t have a PCR Test they will be tested with rapid antigen test, if the result is negative they would need to isolate in an approved hotel for 5 days.

21st January 2021 update – if you are travelling back from Ecuador to the UK you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Galapagos: Travellers can now enter Galapagos via Quito, and need to present a negative PCR test for Covid, performed up to 96 hours before arrival. Please read the Covid-19 guidelines for Tourists entering the Galapagos Island for more info.

21st January 2021 update – if you are travelling back from Ecuador to the UK you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Peru: Travellers of certain countries in Europe and the Americas can enter Peru through neighbouring countries. All travellers need to provide a negative PCR test for Covid, performed up to 72 hours before arrival. Find more info here.

21st January 2021 update – if you are travelling back from Peru  to the UK you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

We are continuing to actively monitor the situation together with our local partners and provide advice to volunteers. If you are currently booked on a volunteer project, or are planning to join a project, please contact us for the latest advice, as the situation is rapidly changing and travel restrictions vary between countries. You can also find more information about entry requirements on the government travel site applicable to your country.


General Tips

We also have some general tips for people travelling (and at home) to keep vigilant;

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and carry hand sanitiser
  • Maintain distance to others that are not in your household/support bubble
  • On flights, open your air vent to blow away stale air. It is usually also a requirement to wear a mask depending on the airline.
  • Stay home (self-isolate) if you are sick or if you display any flu-like symptoms after travelling
  • Wear a face mask on public transport
  • Carry disinfectant wipes to wipe down surfaces, such as plane trays, armrests and handles

This map can be used follow the situation. For information on countries and territories which have COVID related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals (some of which may affect travellers in transit), please see the International Air Transport Association website before you travel.

Please note! This advice is all given as a general guide, and because medical and travel recommendations differ from country to country and personal circumstances, we recommend you consult relevant WHO or CDC advice as well.

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