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Coronavirus Update

September 2021

Coronavirus Update for Volunteers.

As countries around the globe begin re-opening their borders for international travel, we are more eager than ever to welcome back our volunteers and interns.

However, the health and safety of our volunteers and team members are our highest priority. We fully appreciate the complications and concerns that remain as we battle the ongoing pandemic.

At this time, only select countries have fully embraced international travelers. Many countries will accept international travelers adhering to stringent screening measures – a negative Covid-19 test, vaccination card, quarantine, proof of insurance, etc.. Unfortunately, most of Southeast Asia remain closed for international travel.

We are in constant contact with our projects to keep up to date on local situations and how it affects the project's operations. If there are any project closures or quarantine rules that directly affect volunteer placements, we are contacting affected volunteers directly.

When will volunteer placements resume?

Most of our projects are currently able to host volunteers. However, the ongoing travel restrictions prevent most volunteers from reaching the project site. As more of the population becomes vaccinated – domestic and global – we expect the restriction to ease or be lifted. The circumstances for each project and country vary so please email us for details on the specific project you’re interested in.

What to consider when making travel plans?

We understand you’re excited to travel and help make a positive impact in the world. Careful planning is key to a successful experience during these unprecedented times. Keeping in mind regulations will vary by country of origin and destination as well as subject to abrupt change, here are some things to consider when making travel arrangements:

  • What are the current regulations for exiting my home country?
  • What are the entry requirements for my destination – covid test, proof of insurance, proof of vaccination, quarantine, etc.?
  • Are there any flight restrictions to consider for layovers in a third country?
  • What are the entry requirements for returning to my home country?
  • How will my insurance be affected if I travel to a ‘high risk’ country?

Please note that optional volunteering is not considered ‘essential travel’ therefore Globalteer cannot provide you with documentation stating this, nor with visa sponsorship.

Stay current with the information!

As we have volunteers from all around the world and projects in several locations, we are unable to post about every update as it occurs. Please monitor updates and advice from your government’s travel advisory board. You should also check for updates on your destination, to see what the local requirements are.
We advise that all volunteers follow the up-to-date information and advice from their own countries' governments regarding safety while travelling abroad. Here are some links to government foreign travel advise.

United Kingdom - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 

United States of America - http://www.state.gov/travel/ 

Australia https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

Canada - https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

For specific details on the country of your interest, here is what we know so far but please keep in mind this information is subject to abrupt change.

LATIN AMERICA

Peru: Open

https://vuelafacil.pe/

Colombia: Open

https://colombia.travel/en/covid-19-information

Costa Rica: Open

 https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements

Argentina: remains closed to international travelers

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Cambodia: closed; projected to open late 2021 to early 2022

Thailand: open to fully vaccinated travelers from 70 countries with specific criteria;

https://www.tatnews.org/

Laos: closed, no indication of an opening date.

https://www.visalaos.com/travel-restrictions/

Indonesia: closed, no indication of an opening date

https://kemlu.go.id/losangeles/en/news/11727/indonesia-travel-restrictions#:~:text=Effective%20July%206%2C%202021%2C%20all,facilities%20in%20Jakarta%20and%20Surabaya

Malaysia: closed, no indication of an opening date

General travel restrictions based on your country of origin and destination:

https://www.trip.com/travel-restrictions-covid-19/

What if the situation changes before my departure?

We know all to well that things can quickly change between the time you make your travel plans to the day of departure. If circumstances abruptly change preventing you from keeping your original travel dates, don’t worry. Your placement can be postponed by messaging up at [email protected]. Additionally, if your volunteer experience is cut short due to matters escalating in the volunteer country, we’re happy to provide you with documentation for your insurance company.

Will placements be cancelled?

We do not have any plans to cancel our projects. However, if some local situations (e.g: temporary project closures in line with local restrictions) affect any volunteer placement we will contact you directly to arrange an alternative solution.

If you are currently abroad

For those currently abroad, please talk to your embassies to get the latest advice to keep yourself safe. For those volunteers whose travel has been affected by travel advice or travel bans, please discuss your options with your embassy!

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https://www.globalteer.org/terms-of-service/ 

Stay Safe!

Please stay safe in these difficult times, and ensure you follow your home government and local authorities’ latest advice. Globalteer will assist you in any way we can but please be aware that our staff’s movement internationally and locally have already been restricted at this time in multiple countries.