Omicron variant: new modalities for boarding overseas

With the emergence of the Omicron variant, conditions for international mobility are becoming more difficult. Several countries have closed their borders, others are tightening their conditions of entry into the territory, the imperative reason sometimes becomes mandatory to travel… The Student takes stock.

Since late November, the Omicron variant has reignited the health crisis. The epidemic is increasing across the world, which is putting pressure on countries to review their copy of international mobility. Measures that may affect you if you are planning a study mobility or internship soon.

A compelling reason to travel to Southern Africa

Starting with the countries of Southern Africa. France ranked nine countries in the “scarlet red” category. These are South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. To get there, you’ll need justify a compelling reason, whether you are vaccinated or not. However, university exchange is not one of those reasons. “It will not be possible for the French, until further notice, to travel to these countries for tourist, professional, study or research purposes., specified the prime minister, Jean Castex, on 4 December. In addition to France, other countries have also increased their vigilance regarding travel to these countries.

The compelling reason is also needed for unvaccinated people planning to travel to countries classified as “orange” or “red” such as Brazil, United States, China, India, United Kingdom, Russia… participation in a “university exchange program”. You will then need to provide a school certificate to travel. The government continues to advise against travel to these countries. Go to France Diplomatie for the latest news.

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Closed borders and strict measures that multiply

Since November 29, other countries have chosen to close their borders to all foreigners. This is the case of Israel, Morocco and Japan. While Australia was originally scheduled to reopen its borders for the first time since March 2020 on December 1, the country delayed its decision by two weeks.

Elsewhere, procedures for getting around have been tightened. Some countries like the UK or China require presenting a negative PCR test prior to departure and/or requiring an antigen test to be performed on arrival.

Also know the health conditions in the host country. Slovakia, for example, has reconfigured its population until December 9, lockdown is still relevant in Austria until December 12, and the Netherlands is in partial lockdown (shop closures from 5pm to 5am in particular) until December 19.

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