Omicron variant: new modalities for matches 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 the conditions for entering the territory, the compelling reason sometimes becomes mandatory to travel… The Student takes stock.

Since the end of November, the Omicron variant has reignited the health crisis. The epidemic is increasing all over 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 will need justify a convincing 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., indicated the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on December 4th. In addition to France, other countries have also increased their vigilance regarding travel to these countries.

A compelling reason is also required for unvaccinated persons 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 need to provide a school certificate to travel. The government continues to advise against travel to these countries. Go to France Diplomatie to be informed about the latest news.

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Closed borders and rigid 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. Although Australia was originally scheduled to reopen its borders for the first time since March 2020 on December 1, the country has delayed its decision by two weeks.

Elsewhere, mobility procedures have been tightened. Some countries like the UK or China require the presentation of a negative PCR test before departure and/or requiring the passage of an antigen test upon arrival.

Also find out about health conditions in your host country🇧🇷 Slovakia, for example, reconfigured its population until December 9th, confinement remains relevant in Austria until December 12th, and the Netherlands is in partial confinement (close of trade from 17:00 to 05:00 in particular) until 19th of December. December.

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