Coronavirus Covid-19 update

Mar 16, 2020

Update on COVID-19 as of 16/03/2020

During these difficult times, we want to reassure all our interns that your safety and well being is our number one priority. We are certainly navigating through uncharted waters and these are difficult times for everyone, so we thank each of you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together.

We are constantly monitoring the latest information for all our destinations and are in communication with our colleagues abroad, whilst also following advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

If there is a change in FCO advice that will impact your trip, we will of course contact you and explain the options available. Most of our interns start their trips in September / October, by which time we hope that life will be returning to normal and trips will therefore go ahead unaffected. If the FCO advises against travel to a specific country or region you are booked to travel to, we will contact you as soon as possible to explain your options.

If the FCO deems that travel to your chosen country or region is safe and you decide to cancel, then our normal cancellation terms and conditions will apply.

Please ensure you check updated entry requirements for any country you are travelling to before departure. Some countries have introduced new controls that prohibit entry depending on where you live and any recent travel you may have made. Therefore, please make sure you regularly check the specific requirements for your trip depending on your recent travel and upcoming destination, as the foreign travel advice is constantly changing.

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At present, all scheduled placements are going ahead.

Our colleagues abroad are advising all interns to follow the government advice and precautions, such as:

  1. Washing hands properly and using anti-bacterial hand gel where necessary
  2. Do not touch your face

We ask that if any of our interns due to depart on a trip soon are displaying any symptoms, please do not travel and advise us as soon as possible of your cancellation in writing.

We also ask that those of you booked on a trip with us over the coming months bear with us as the picture comes clearer.

With thanks,

The Placement Year International Team

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