Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and to the newly issued measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus, we’ve gathered a complete Covid-19 guidance with useful information for anyone who is planning to travel, currently living abroad or about to move.
I have a trip planned. What should I do?
We strongly recommend you to monitor updates and alerts for the current information in your destination. Please note that if COVID-19 is spreading in your destination, you may be a higher risk of exposure if you travel there. To help you make the best decisions, communicate with your hotel and airline directly, and access the World Health Organization website to get updated recommendations for international traffic in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
I want to cancel my trip. What should I do?
Since this was classified as a pandemic situation by W.H.O., thousands of flights have been cancelled by airlines and many companies are adopting a flexible booking cancellation or allowing passengers to rebook their flights. To understand how the outbreak could affect your travel plans, please contact your company to get the necessary information regarding your travel rights.
I’ve applied to an Erasmus Program. Should I cancel it?
Our recommendation for future Erasmus students is that you constantly check both the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), where you can get information regarding your destination. Students should inform themselves whether their host university is in one of the current risk areas. Students who still want to leave the country should definitely contact their host university beforehand.
Please, visit the European Commission page for updates on the current situation.
Steps to follow if you want to end your exchange study in a risk area:
- Contact your University or Faculty Coordinator and follow their instructions;
- Follow the advice and recommendations of the relevant representative offices, local authorities and host university.
- Follow official sources of important information as well as verified news.
Austria will ban all Italian citizens from entering the country. Indoor events with more than 100 people and outdoor activities of more than 500 people will also be banned. The Austrian government also decided to stop the University lectures, starting from Monday, date? while companies are required to work from home.
The Czech Republic declared a state of emergency and barred travellers from 15 countries. Gyms, swimming pools, and libraries, among other public spaces, will be closed for at least 30 days. Bars and restaurants will have restricted hours.
Denmark is preparing to shift its coronavirus strategy from containment to mitigation, announced by the Danish Health Authority at a press conference on Wednesday the 11th. Denmark’s prime minister said that all students at schools and universities would be sent home from the 13th of March.
France is one of the latest European countries to close all schools, universities and nurseries The country is closing all schools and universities from Monday, March 16th, to stop the spread of the virus and stepping up funding to help businesses, “whatever the cost.”
Berlin city authorities banned all events with more than 1,000 participants until the end of the Easter holidays. The states of Bavaria and Saarland will close schools, kindergartens and nurseries from Monday, March 16th. Other regional governments are deciding on Friday whether to do the same.
Hungary’s government declared a state of emergency, closing university campuses and banning large gatherings. The government will apply the following measures: ban on arrivals from Italy, China, South Korea and Iran; closing of universities; ban on indoor events larger than 100 and outdoor events above 500.
Schools, colleges and other public facilities will be closed in the Republic of Ireland until the 29th of March. The closures will also apply to cultural institutions and are part of a nationwide effort to halt the spread of coronavirus. Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people will also be cancelled. Public transport will continue to operate normally and shops will remain open.
Italy is now in a major lockdown, with special permission needed for travel within the country, and some countries have advised their citizens against non-essential travel there. The Italian Health Authorities have implemented specific emergency measures nationwide, and a quarantine period has started. Tourist attractions, such as the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum, in Rome, are closed. All sporting events are suspended. Schools and universities will remain closed until 3 April.
Poland is closing all schools, universities, cinemas, theatres and museums for two weeks. Pre-schools and schools stopped teaching, but limited care would still be provided this week to the youngest children. Universities, museums, theatres and cinemas will also close on Thursday for two weeks, the officials said.
The government of Portugal declared “state of alert”, and it has also been implementing a series of preventative measures nationwide. Schools and universities will close on Monday, March 16th and will only be re-evaluated on April 9th. All passenger flights to and from Italy are cancelled for 14 days, and 13 universities, such as the University of Lisbon and the University of Coimbra, have suspended classes because of the coronavirus.
The UK is currently in the “delaying” phase – the first second of the government’s four-part plan: Containment, Delay, Mitigation and Research- which runs alongside the other phases. Schools have been advised to cancel trips abroad, while people over 70 and those with pre-existing health conditions have been told not to go on cruises. Scotland is amongst the countries to have restricted mass gatherings.
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