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Coronavirus – travel guidance for the education sector - UK

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16-03-2020

 

Following the government’s announcement on 12 March 2020 that it was advising schools and colleges to cancel overseas trips for children under 18 until further notice, it has now published travel guidance for the education sector. This also covers travel for students over 18 and university and college staff who are already working overseas or are considering travelling.

The two main sections of the guidance deal with travel for children under 18 organised by institutions and travel for students over 18 and staff organised by institutions. We set out the main provisions of the guidance below.

The guidance also contains links to information on travel insurance implications produced by the Association of British Insurers as well as other relevant information on the gov.uk website.

The link to the guidance is - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector

Travel for children under 18 organised by institutions

The government is now advising against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This relates to trips which have not already commenced.

Any overseas trips for children under 18 organised by education settings currently taking place can continue but institutions are advised to refresh their risk assessments and ensure measures are in place and agreed with parents in case children or adult supervisors believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 and exhibit symptoms that require self-isolation.

In relation to domestic trips, institutions should also refresh their risk assessments to take into account the latest health advice and ensure measures are in place. At the moment the government is not advising against such trips - whether they be residential or non-residential.

Travel for students over 18 and staff organised by institutions

The advice for UK students or members of staff who are considering travelling overseas in the near future for placements or exchanges, is to check the latest FCO travel advice. If the individual is travelling with, or on behalf of, the institution they should speak to the institution before departing for advice on whether the trip should go ahead.

The guidance also recommends that individuals, before they travel, refer to the guidance for returning travellers to familiarise themselves with the actions they may need to take when they return to the UK (including information about self-isolation) and should be mindful of the possibility that travel advice may change whilst they are overseas.

Similarly, students and staff considering travelling overseas during term breaks should consult the latest travel advice from the FCO and Public Health England guidance before they travel if they are:

• a non-UK national student or member of staff studying or working in the UK

• a UK resident student or member of staff who is considering travelling overseas during term breaks

• a UK resident student or member of staff currently studying or working overseas who is considering travelling back to the UK during term breaks

They are also advised to notify their institution, if they plan to travel overseas, so that the institution is aware of the intention to travel, and able to provide them with the latest advice and guidance.

All UK students and staff currently studying or working overseas are advised to continue to monitor the travel advice issued by the FCO and comply with any COVID-19 control measures put in place by their host-nation.

Students on Erasmus+ exchanges may find that travel to and from regions affected by COVID-19 may have to be postponed or cancelled, and are advised to speak to their provider in case alternative arrangements are necessary.

 

 

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