Information on Covid-19 and our Summer Language Holidays 2022

Last update: 01/06/2022

We are pleased to inform you that most of the travel restrictions we have become used to in the last 2 years have been lifted. We can travel again!

Travelling to England for vaccinated and non-vaccinated people is easy; there is no need to test, quarantine or complete a passenger locator form.

Travelling to Germany for vaccinated and non-vaccinated people is easy; there is no need to test, quarantine or complete a passenger locator form.

Travelling to France for vaccinated people is easy; there is no need to test or quarantine. You must complete a passenger locator form. For unvaccinated people a PCR test and a passenger locator form are required.

Read more about border requirements and Covid rules in the countries and our centres here:

  1. England (Bournemouth, Winchester & Exeter)
  2. Germany (Hohensolms)
  3. France (Bayonne)

Next update: Mid of Juine 2022

1. Covid rules for our IP centres in the UK and Covid related travel restrictions for entering the UK

For vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers,

  • You don’t need to quarantine any more
  • you don’t need any tests prior to your journey or after entering the UK
  • You don’t have to fill in the passenger locator form before travelling to the UK

Please read details carefully below and check whether your country is on the red list. There wasn’t any country on the red list on 16/05/22.
Please note the list can change depending on the UK Governments’ decision. Read separate guidance on travelling to England from abroad.
Unfortunately we can’t accept any junior students from a red list country in our centres.

Covid rules in England

The government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England. No masks, no social distancing and no tests are required any more. But please keep in mind you may be asked to wear a mask if you go into a privately owned restaurant or shop in case the owner requires it. We recommend you bring masks in case you want or are asked to use them in private locations. This can also apply to public transport (e.g. London).

Covid rules in our IP centres in England (Bournemouth, Exeter & Winchester)

COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

  • Testing
    Asymptomatic students will not be asked to test on arrival at the school or at any point during their stay.
  • Symptomatic Students
    If students or staff develop COVID-19 symptoms, we will still be asking them to stay at home or in their residence and take a lateral flow test. This is as a courtesy to fellow staff and students and to try to stop the spread of the illness. If the LFT is negative the student or staff member can return to the school when they are well enough to do so. If it is positive, we will be asking the student or staff member to stay at home or in their residence. The student must self-isolate for 5 days from the onset of their symptoms. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both of these test results are negative, they should return to school, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. This is to help stop the spread of the virus around the school and in the community.
    Any student who has been in close contact with a confirmed positive case does not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves.
  • Masks
    Masks are no longer required to be worn in classes although students are welcome to wear them if they prefer. Masks are also not required in accommodation settings. Face coverings also do not need to be worn by students when outdoors on the premises. The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, we would still recommend that students wear face coverings in crowded areas such as on public transport.
    We will provide masks for students who don’t bring their own, but we would advise students to bring a supply. Spare masks will always be available at the school.

Please note:

We draw your attention to the fact that you are responsible for complying with the entry regulations in your home country for any return journey.

If your child needs to complete a passenger locator form, have a negative Covid test result and/or a vaccine certificate prior to their return journey then please make sure your child is aware and fully notified. The Centre Manager must be informed of any such requirements via email at least 1 week prior to departure.  The email address can be found in the travel documents. Tests in UK are not free and will incur costs for an antigen rapid test of approx. £40 to £70 for a PCR test. If your child is unvaccinated, they may need a test prior to their return journey. Every week (Thursday or Friday) we will organise a test centre visit for all those needing a test. Please note: Costs for any transfer and costs for the test are at your own expense, please ensure your child has enough money to cover this.

 

2. Covid rules for entering Germany

You can also enter Germany

  • you don’t need any tests prior to your journey or after entering Germany
  • You don’t have to fill in the passenger locator form before travelling to Germany
  • Coming from areas of variants would require a test. At the moment (01/06/22) there are no areas of variants designated. Due to changes please check https://www.rki.de
  • Please read details carefully below https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de

Approved vaccines in the EU

Please check here which of the vaccines are approved in the EU and what a fully vaccinated status require.
https://ec.europa.eu
Also please note that recovery from Covid (and a proof of recovery) will be accepted in Germany.

Covid rules in Germany

The government is removing remaining general domestic restrictions in Germany. The counties in Germany have the power to implement rules. We refer to the county of Hessen. Masks (always FFP2) are required in public where no social distancing is possible (eg. Public transport) and tests are normally not required. But please keep in mind you may be asked to wear masks if you go to a restaurant or shop in case the owner requires it. We recommend you bring masks in case you want or are asked to use them in private locations. These rules are due to changes following the general development of the pandemic in the county.

Covid rules in our IP centres Hohensolms

COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

  • Testing
    On arrival we do not require a negative test result for vaccinated and non-vaccinated students.
    Asymptomatic students will not be asked to test at any point during their stay.
  • Symptomatic Students
    If students or staff develop COVID-19 symptoms, we will still be asking them to stay at home or in their residence and take a lateral flow test. This is as a courtesy to fellow staff and students and to try to stop the spread of the illness. If the LFT is negative the student or staff member can return to the school when they are well enough to do so. If it is positive, we will be asking the student or staff member to stay at home or in their residence. The student must self-isolate for 5 days from the onset of their symptoms. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both of these test results are negative, they should return to school, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. This is to help stop the spread of the virus around the school and in the community.
    Any student who has been in close contact with a confirmed positive case does not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves.
  • Masks
    Masks are no longer required to be worn in classes although students are welcome to wear them if they prefer. Masks are also not required in accommodation settings. Face coverings also do not need to be worn by students when outdoors on the premises. However, we would still encourage students wear face coverings in crowded areas such as on public transport and if they feel safer.
    We would advise students to bring a supply. Spare masks will always be available at the school.

Summary

  • Please check whether your country is on the list of high-risk areas or areas of variants and report back to us if there are any changes
  • Please bring your own spare mask supply (FFP2)

Please note:

We draw your attention to the fact that you are responsible for complying with the entry regulations in your home country for any return journey.

If your child needs to complete a passenger locator form, have a negative Covid test result and/or a vaccine certificate prior to their return journey then please make sure your child is aware and fully notified. The Centre Manager must be informed of any such requirements via email at least 1 week prior to departure.  The email address can be found in the travel documents. Tests in Germany are not free and will incur costs for an antigen rapid test of approx. 30€ to 150€ for a PCR test. If your child is unvaccinated, they may need a test prior to their return journey. Every week (Thursday or Friday) we will organise a test centre visit for all those needing a test. Please note: Costs for any transfer and costs for the test are at your own expense, please ensure your child has enough money to cover this.

 

3. Covid rules for entering France

General rules

  • Fully vaccinated students don’t need a test on departure. A proof of your complete vaccination is required to enter France, regardless of the country of origin. This document – European Digital Passenger Locator Form must be filled in: https://app.euplf.eu
  • Non vaccinated students have to present a negative PCR test result on arrival which is not older than 48 hours coming from the “green list”. Find out which countries are on the green list: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr.
  • Non vaccinated coming from the “orange list” (https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/coronavirus-covid-19)
    have to fill in a passenger locater form https://app.euplf.eu. They also have to provide a negative PCR test result on arrival which is not older than 48 hours. You have to take a test on arrival and in case of a positive test result you have to quarantine for 7 days if you are vaccinated and 10 days in case not being vaccinated.

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

What you need to do when you travel to France from abroad depends on whether you qualified as fully vaccinated or not.
To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travelling to France, you must have proof of vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

  • 28 days after receiving one dose of Janssen vaccine,
  • 7 days after a second dose of other vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (namely Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield)
  • For all who have received all the required doses of a WHO-licensed vaccine https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/_covid-19_dgs_urgent_no2021_99_vaccins_hors_ema-2.pdf
    not approved by the European Medicines Agency and listed up above, seven days after receiving an additional dose of a duly approved mRNA vaccine.

Previous infection

Proof of recovery from previous infection with COVID-19 – also known as natural immunity – will not be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Public rules in France

The French Government draws your attention to the rules relating to the vaccination pass, necessary to access certain leisure activities, please read https://www.gouvernement.fr/le-pass-vaccinal-mode-d-emploi
It is highly recommended all students 16 and above need to be vaccinated in order to have access to all Cafes, Restaurants and similar places. This applies also for travelling by train.
The Government draws the attention of travelers to the rules relating to the vaccination pass, necessary to access certain leisure activities, and which may differ from this definition: https://www.gouvernement.fr/
The “vaccination pass” has been in effect for people aged 16 and over since January 24. It consists of the presentation of one of these three proofs:

  • vaccination certification (complete vaccination schedule, booster dose included in the time limit for people from 18 years and 1 month who are eligible);
  • certificate of recovery of more than 11 days and whose expiry date varies according to the vaccination status.
  • certificate of contraindication to vaccination.

The “vaccination pass” applies in places open to the public, e.g.:

  • bars and restaurants (with the exception of collective catering, the take-away sale of prepared meals and professional road and rail catering);
  • leisure activities (cinemas, museums, theatres, sports arenas, sports halls and performance halls, etc.);
  • department stores and shopping centers (by decision of the owner);
  • interregional transport (planes, trains, buses).

Covid rules in our IP centre Bayonne

COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

  • Testing
    No test is required, but please check French border regulations above
    Asymptomatic students will not be asked to test at any point during their stay.
  • Symptomatic Students
    If students or staff develop COVID-19 symptoms, we will still be asking them to stay at home or in their residence and take a lateral flow test. This is as a courtesy to fellow staff and students and to try to stop the spread of the illness. If the LFT is negative the student or staff member can return to the school when they are well enough to do so. If it is positive, we will be asking the student or staff member to stay at home or in their residence. The student must self-isolate for 5 days from the onset of their symptoms. They should take an Lateral Flow test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both of these test results are negative, they should return to school, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. This is to help stop the spread of the virus around the school and in the community.
    Any student who has been in close contact with a confirmed positive case does not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves.
  • Masks
    Masks are no longer required to be worn in classes although students are welcome to wear them if they prefer. Masks are also not required in accommodation settings. Face coverings also do not need to be worn by students when outdoors on the premises. However, we would still encourage students wear face coverings in crowded areas such as on public transport and if they feel safer.
    We would advise students to bring a supply. Spare masks will always be available at the school.

Summary

  • For fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated: no test on arrival
  • European Digital Passenger Locator Form must be filled in: https://app.euplf.eu/#/
  • For non-vaccinated: Please check whether your country is on the green or orange list. In this case you need a PCR test not older than 48 hours for crossing the border coming from a green list country, a PCR test not older than 48 hours before entering France and a test on arrival (in case of being positive to quarantine)
  • Please check whether you have proof of vaccination pass to be able to have access to leisure activities and public transport
  • Please bring your own spare mask supply (FFP2)

Please note:

We draw your attention to the fact that you are responsible for complying with the entry regulations in your home country for any return journey.

If your child needs to complete a passenger locator form, have a negative Covid test result and/or a vaccine certificate prior to their return journey then please make sure your child is aware and fully notified. The Centre Manager must be informed of any such requirements via email at least 1 week prior to departure.  The email address can be found in the travel documents. Tests in France are not free and will incur costs for an antigen rapid test of approx. 29€ to 49€ for a PCR test. If your child is unvaccinated, they may need a test prior to their return journey. Every week (Thursday or Friday) we will organise a test centre visit for all those needing a test. Please note: Costs for any transfer and costs for the test are at your own expense, please ensure your child has enough money to cover this.