FAQ : Covid-19 Concerns
HEALTH & SAFETY
Dear T&E Participant;
Travel & Education has developed and implemented safety protocols in an effort to implement continuous improvements to our policies and procedures surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic
T&E is in regular communication with our overseas staff and partners in preparation for upcoming programs. As part of this effort we continue to evaluate and track travel restrictions, entry protocols and guidelines, medical capabilities, and the current levels of COVID-19 transmission.
As we become aware of any changes will communicate with our participants, parents and group leaders to ensure we all have a safe and successful experience abroad. We are looking forward to welcoming our 2022 cohorts and look forward to, once again, sharing special moments with all of you.
T&E is not currently requiring Covid-19 vaccination, however our destination countries and the various providers with which we partner both here in the US (such as airlines) and abroad (such as partnering schools, bus lines, cultural centers etc) may require vaccination or a negative Covid 19 test. In order to minimize the health risks to other travelers, ensure entry to the destination country, and to help ensure a full experience for our participating students and educators, we will require all participating students and educators to abide by the requirements set forth by the governments of the countries in which you will be studying abroad. It will be the sole responsibility of each T&E participant and educator to complete the necessary steps to ensure entry and full participation in the study abroad program.
FOR SPAIN: students will be required to present specific documentation in order to be allowed entry. Please check the following website for details: https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information. Spain currently has a portal with smartphone capabilities to help navigate the requirements. You can find that information here: https://spth.gob.es
FOR FRANCE: students will be required to present specific documentation in or to be allowed entry. Please check the following website for details: https://fr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information
T&E participants are required to follow all COVID-19 specific rules (e.g., use of face masks, observation of social distancing measures and limitations on gatherings) established by local, state and federal governments, and any rules established by attractions, sites, and service providers (e.g., host universities, housing, airlines, hotels, restaurants, etc.). Additionally, students will be expected to wear face masks when participating in any T&E-sponsored activity. We encourage students to research their destination prior to travel and understand local guidelines. Prior to arrival, T&E will also advise students with more specific information about their host city and expectations related to COVID-19.
In the destinations that T&E currently serves, it is highly unlikely that you will have to quarantine upon arrival however this could be a possibility given certain circumstances. T&E will follow the protocols set forth by the host country and make sure to take any additional steps if necessary to ensure the health and safety of our participants, staff, host families, and any other individuals with which you come in contact upon arrival. As the situation with Covid-19 is dynamic, T&E will contact all individuals associated with a particular program to keep them informed should a situation arise that requires our attention.
Should it become necessary for a student to self-isolate due to a positive Covid-19 test result, T&E will provide single room accommodations when possible and if available. If rooms are not available in the same location as your program housing or there is a need for the student to be removed from that particular housing, T&E staff will find appropriate housing elsewhere. T&E staff will continue to work with institutional partners on site in an effort to ensure that all of the needs of the affected participant are taken care of such as academic concerns as well as medical and general necessities.
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T&E strongly recommends waiting until the official T&E flight details email is received which will confirm your specific program dates, arrival days and times. For some group programs, T&E will be reserving group flights. Please check with your group leader for details prior to purchasing airline tickets. Whenever possible, T&E will be reserving direct flights to and from the destination country to avoid layovers in other countries which may cause problems with entry due to specific requirements. Students should consider purchasing trip insurance and/or refundable tickets in case they are unable to travel. All students are covered by a comprehensive medical insurance policy which is added to your invoice upon registering to the program however you can purchase additional insurance for your trip to cover cancelations for “whatever reason” by visiting our provider’s website here: Insure my Trip
T&E refund policy has been updated to extend the time that a student can withdraw without penalty. In order for T&E to properly prepare for your arrival and participation in the program, certain components of the program need to be reserved within a given time frame. The specific dates can be calculated depending on your departure. You can access our current refund policy here for details (scroll to the bottom of the page where you can access the PDF).
Students will have the option to consider an alternate program, a future program, or a refund of your T&E program fees paid. Please review the T&E refund policy here for details (scroll to the bottom of the page where you can access the PDF).
With regards to flights…