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1. Travel for children under 18 organised by education settings

High quality educational visits play an important role in enriching teaching and learning as well as support learner wellbeing. In line with the relaxation of other restrictions, such as the reopening of indoor and outdoor visitor attractions and the resumption of indoor and outdoor organised activities, schools and settings may wish to consider undertaking domestic day visits where visiting locations outside of the school estate is integral to the learning experience.

1.1 Overseas trips for children under 18 organised by education settings

We continue to advise against international residential educational visits. Travel from Wales to an international destination outside the Common Travel Area is not allowed without a reasonable excuse – educational visits are not considered a reasonable excuse.

1.2 Domestic trips for children under 18 organised by education settings

Schools and settings considering organising a domestic day educational visit should refer to the operational guidance for schools and settings for further information.

Schools and settings considering travelling from Wales to another part of the UK or wider Common Travel Area (Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) for the purpose of an educational visit should be mindful of any guidance in place at the destination of their visit as well as the operational guidance for schools settings and other relevant Welsh Government guidance.

We continue to advise against domestic residential visits. We will continue to keep our advice under review.

2. Travel for students over 18 and staff organised by education settings

2.1 Students and staff considering travelling overseas for placements or exchanges

The FCO is advising British nationals against all non-essential international travel for an indefinite period. The latest guidance on social distancing also recommends avoiding all non-essential domestic travel and use of public transport, where possible.

International travel is becoming very limited as air routes cease, land borders close and new restrictions are put in place that prevent flights from leaving.

You should consult the latest FCO travel advice before you travel. You can subscribe to email alerts for the country/territory you are planning to visit, via the ‘Get email alerts’ link on each travel advice page.

Before you travel, read the latest health advice and follow guidance for travellers to reduce your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). You should also consult Public Health Wales guidance before you travel.

You should be aware that travel advice may change whilst you are overseas. You are advised to regularly check all relevant GOV.UK guidance, including before you return to the UK.

If you’re travelling with, or on behalf of, your setting or institution (for example, a higher education provider), you should speak to them before you depart for advice on whether your trip should go ahead.

2.2 Students and staff considering travelling overseas during term breaks

You should consult the latest travel advice from the FCO and the Public Health Wales website before you travel if you 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

You can subscribe to email alerts for the country/territory you’re in, or planning to visit, via the ‘Get email alerts’ link on each travel advice page.

If you plan to travel overseas, you should notify your education setting or higher education institution so they are aware of your intention to travel, and are able to provide you with the latest advice and guidance.

2.3 UK students considering travelling overseas to start or continue full courses

The FCO is advising British nationals against all non-essential international travel for an indefinite period. The latest guidance on social distancing also recommends avoiding all non-essential domestic travel and use of public transport, where possible.

International travel is becoming very limited as air routes cease, land borders close and new restrictions are put in place that prevent flights from leaving.

You should consult the latest FCO travel advice before you travel. You can subscribe to email alerts for the country/territory you are planning to visit, via the ‘Get email alerts’ link on each travel advice page.

Before you travel, read the latest health advice and follow guidance for travellers to reduce your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). You should also consult Public Health Wales guidance before you travel.

You should be aware that travel advice may change whilst you are overseas. You are advised to regularly check all relevant GOV.UK guidance, including before you return to the UK.

If you are travelling overseas with, or on behalf of, an educational setting or institution, you should speak to them before you depart for advice on whether your trip should go ahead.

2.4 UK students and staff already studying or working overseas

You should continue to monitor the travel advice issued by the FCO and comply with any coronavirus (COVID-19) control measures put in place by your host nation.

You should also contact your educational setting to advise them of your plans and they can provide you with the latest guidance.

If you are a permanent resident overseas and you plan to remain in your country of residence, you should follow the advice of the local authorities in the country in which you live.

If you are abroad, you must follow the advice of local authorities and also follow the latest FCO travel advice. You must be ready to comply with local isolation, testing or quarantine requirements, and will need to rely on the local health system. You should contact your airline, tour operator and travel insurer to find out what support they can offer.

You can subscribe to email alerts for the country/territory you’re in via the ‘Get email alerts’ link on each travel advice page. You should also consult the latest Public Health Wales website for steps that you can take to protect yourself.

If you’re a UK national who needs emergency help from the UK Government, you can contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission or the FCO in London on 0207 008 1500 for help or advice 24/7.

Before you travel, you should also refer to the guidance for  travellers to familiarise yourself with the actions you may need to take when you return to the UK. Read information about self-isolation.

Read guidance on what you can do if you need financial help and who you can contact for support when abroad.

2.5 Students already on Erasmus+ exchanges or European Solidarity Corps exchanges

If you have remained overseas and you develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you should seek medical assistance and follow the advice of the local authorities. You should be ready to comply with local isolation, testing or quarantine requirements, and will need to rely on the local health system.

See Foreign travel advice and the National Agency’s website for more information. Answers to the most common questions posed by individual participants are available.

If you are a UK participant who needs emergency help from the UK Government while overseas as the country you are in will not allow you to travel back to the UK, or there are no commercial travel options available, you can contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission or the FCO in London on 0207 008 1500 for help or advice 24/7.

Read guidance on what you can do if you need financial help and who you can contact for support when abroad.

3. Travel insurance

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has produced information on travel insurance implications following the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have any further questions about your cover or would like further reassurance, you should contact your travel insurance provider.
 

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