Summer is around the corner

and we are all set up & ready to welcome you for amazing

#Safetravels !

 This is to present some of the latest Covid-19 updates we have. 

[Last update: 03 January 2022]

At the moment, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Malta have some of the lowest Covid-19 case rates in the whole of Europe:

The vaccination rate in each country is on high European average level:

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All the major restrictions have been lifted: hotels, restaurants, bars, museums and places of culture all remain open.

The EU is expected to re-open its internal borders with a new Covid passport.

More info here

If you are a UK resident, we strongly believe that Poland, Malta and Hungary will be added to the UK ‘green list’ in the next government list update, as it is believed there is no logical reason to have the ‘amber’ reference any more.

 If you would like to wait it out in Poland and enjoy the restriction-free continental European life, we can add you to a couple more programs (as always full board and accommodation provided). If you would like to add programs to your reservation, please send an email to your Recruitment Agent.

What's next ?

Do you want to travel for free? Teach English! You will be mentoring local adults, teens or kids learners. Most days consist of 1:1 or (2:1) conversations and fun-packed activities. Great opportunity to make new friends, network and learn about the local cultures. More info.

We invite you to join our Eurotrips: 

  • A trip over the Baltic Sea
  • A road trip from Berlin to Paris

Find out more here

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When you plan to go back to the UK, had the testing rules not changed until then, we recommend looking into budget testing options in the UK, which many of our Mentors have shared with us.

Prices start at as low as 75 GBP here 

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Poland is a highly underrated destination for travellers that offers a little something for everyone; whether you’re looking for picturesque countrysides, modern cities full of history or idyllic seasides. If you would like to explore Poland a bit more, check out our free guide recommending places and events here.

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Finally, Poland has a very low cost of living compared to the UK. If you would like to rent an Airbnb in Warsaw or Krakow, there’s never been a better time as many places offer big discounts due to smaller tourism traffic. 

More details here

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Check out our calendar and extend your summer in Europe for free: we have new programs starting every week in Poland, Malta, Hungary, Romania, etc. 

Find out more here

The fun we had last Summer 2021. Caption this!

COVID-19 UPDATES

Update 04.03.2022
*** BUDAPEST: Covid-19 update ***

From this Monday, 7 March, you will no longer be obliged to wear a mask on public transport or in shops in Hungary. There will also be no need to show your Immunity Certificate to enter certain attractions and institutions.

SOURCE: https://hungarytoday.hu/restrictions-hungary-five-million-vaccinated/

 

Update 21.02.2022
What is the EU Digital Covid Certificate?

The ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ (EUDCC) is digital proof, valid in all EU countries, that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from COVID-19, or has received a negative test result. National authorities are responsible for issuing the certificate. Non-EU citizens whose certificates are accepted are allowed to travel under the same conditions as the EUDCC. More info here

Note: although the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ is valid across the EU, countries remain responsible for their own entry rules and health measures during the pandemic. This means that entry requirements depend on your destination.

As of 1 February 2022, certificates issued for the primary vaccination series are valid for travel purposes within the EU for a period of 9 months (270 days).

Please, consult the most up to date measures on Reopen EU for further details. 

Poland

In Poland, the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ (EUDCC) facilitates access to several public spaces for fully vaccinated people. Travellers are strongly advised to carry relevant certificates at all times.

Travellers can enter Poland without being subject to testing or quarantine if their ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ contains one of the following:

Please, consult the most up to date measures on Reopen EU for further details. 

Hungary

In Hungary, the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ iis required to access public spaces. Travellers are strongly advised to carry relevant certificates at all times.

Travellers can enter Hungary without restrictions if their EUDCC contains one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination
    Accepted vaccines: vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA); vaccines authorised for emergency use by the World Health Organisation (WHO); vaccines authorised and used in Hungary.
    Validity: 1 year
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19. Validity: between 15 and 180 days after the first positive test result.
  • Negative result to a molecular (PCR) test. Validity: 72 hours.

Please, consult the most up to date measures on Reopen EU for further details.

Update 12.01.2022
Entry restrictions & regulations (Poland) 

Our Winter and Ski programmes are around the corner and we are all set up & ready to welcome you for amazing #safeprogrammes across Poland! 

 This is to present some of the latest Covid-19 updates we have. All programmes run in compliance with local Health & Safety standards regulating post-covid-19 sanitary safety & prevention measures. 

1.IF YOU ARE ARRIVING INTO POLAND FROM WITHIN THE SCHENGEN AREA

Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to persons who have a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine which has been granted a marketing authorisation within the European Union. Full vaccination is recognised 14 days after completion of the vaccination process.

  1. IF YOU ARE ARRIVING INTO POLAND FROM MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, FROM WITHIN THE SCHENGEN AREA AND FROM TURKEY (*)

Travellers are subject to a 10-day entry quarantine, unless they meet one of the following conditions:

  • they have completed a full vaccination cycle, and 14 days have passed since their final dose, and their vaccination is confirmed by an EU Digital COVID Certificate,
  • they have recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection (so-called “convalescents”) at most 6 months (with a document confirming recovery from the disease in Polish or in English)
  • they present a negative COVID-19 test result, confirmed by an EU Digital COVID Certificate (test performed 48 hours maximum before crossing the border).
  1. IF YOU ARE ARRIVING INTO POLAND FROM OUTSIDE THE E.U., OUTSIDE THE SCHENGEN  AREA AND OUTSIDE TURKEY 

All travellers from this group are required to present a negative result of the COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours before crossing the border, counting from the date of receiving the result, regardless of their means of transport (collective, individual, or crossing the border on foot).

Vaccination does not exempt you from taking the test. Failure to present a negative test will result in a 14-day quarantine from which you may be released on the basis of a negative test no earlier than on the 8th day after crossing the border.

Important! From 11 January to 24 January, flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are banned. Persons returning from these countries cannot be exempted from a 14-day quarantine.

The quarantine obligation may not be waived in the case of incoming travellers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Source: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/outside-the-european-union-schengen-area-turkey

Do you have any further questions? 

We strongly advise you to get in touch with your local Embassy in Poland. They will be able to give you the most up to date information about the travel restrictions & conditions and the type of test or documents you need to have ready before flying. Find below a non-exhaustive list of Embassy offices in different cities: 

Who can enter Poland?

Update 15.12.2021

NEW: As of 15 December, people arriving from outside the Schengen area must have a COVID-19 test performed within 24 hours before crossing the border, counting from the time of the test result.

Vaccination does not exempt you from taking the test. Failure to present a negative test will result in a 14-day quarantine from which you may be released on the basis of a negative test no earlier than on the 8th day after crossing the border.

Source: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/outside-the-european-union-schengen-area-turkey

 

Update 01.12.2021

We have summarized the regulations and entry conditions for you. However, for further detailed information please check the official Polish Government website and refer to your local Embassy. 

Rules for travellers arriving into Poland from within the Schengen AreaRules for travellers arriving into Poland from Member States of the European Union, from within the Schengen Area and from Turkey (*)

Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine.

This applies to persons who have a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine which has been granted a marketing authorisation within the European Union. Full vaccination is recognised 14 days after completion of the vaccination process.

Travellers) are subject to a 10-day entry quarantine, unless they meet one of the following conditions:

  • they have completed a full vaccination cycle, and 14 days have passed since their final dose,
  • their vaccination is confirmed by an EU Digital COVID Certificate,
  • they have recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection (so-called “convalescents”) at most 6 months (with a document confirming recovery from the disease)
  • they present a negative COVID-19 test result, confirmed by an EU Digital COVID Certificate (test issued 48 hours maximum before.
Rules for travellers arriving into Poland from outside the European Union, the Schengen Area and Turkey.

NEW: Persons vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from quarantine. This applies to persons who have a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine which has been granted a marketing authorisation within the European Union. Full vaccination is recognised 14 days after completion of the vaccination process.

Travellers are subject to a 10-day entry quarantine, unless they meet one of the following conditions:

  • they have completed a full vaccination cycle, and 14 days have passed since their final dose. Their vaccination is confirmed by an EU Digital COVID Certificate.
  • they have recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the last 6 months.

Locator Form

From July 17th onwards, any person who crosses the state border into the Republic of Poland by plane is obliged to fill in, prior to check-in, a Passenger Locator Form, either electronically via an ICT system or, if that’s not possible, on paper using the form provided by the on-board staff.

 

EU Digital COVID Certificate

EU Digital COVID Certificates are issued by the Ministry of Health. A vaccination certificate is issued in electronic form or in printed form by entities which carry out the COVID-19 vaccinations (or by a primary care physician or a primary care nurse).

 

Additional information:

  • Current information on persons allowed to cross the Polish border can be found on the website of the Border Guard.
  • Detailed information about the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
  • Source: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/travel

 

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(*) The above rules apply to persons arriving from:

  • Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden,
  • 4 non-EU countries which are part of the Schengen Area – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland,
  • Turkey, with which a special agreement has been concluded.