You might be hoping to open up options for studying abroad with a new year on the horizon. Many countries have developed plans to welcome back existing students. Others have begun processing the visas of new students. What countries should you take into consideration, then? We have compiled the latest from the world’s biggest hubs of education that are ready to welcome you. As each nation still enforces its travel regulations, remember to take your country of origin, health status, and travel history into account.
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Existing students may return in stages from Christmas break, provided that, according to official guidelines, they undergo tests and quarantine. Although most institutions are expected to begin the term simultaneously, until face-to-face classes resume, students are encouraged to continue studying online. However, the dispiriting emergence of a new, more infectious strain came alongside good news that international students will receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
On October 20, Canada was one of the first major higher education hubs to reopen its borders and has since been issuing study permits. Students arriving must be quarantined for 14 days before returning to their university, requiring a COVID-19 approved plan. International students now have an improved perception of Canada as a “safe and stable” country for higher education due to this quick action and support.
Since July, France’s borders have been open to international students and researchers, and the processing of visas resumed in August. Suppose you are from a country in the green area, including the European Union, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the UK. In that case, you can study abroad in France without restrictions. If you are from a red-area country, there are a few extra requirements: an outstanding international travel certificate, a sworn statement that you are free from COVID-19 symptoms, and a contact sheet that provides your address in France. For the latest updates, follow Campus France.
Except if they have been in the UK, China, or South Africa for more than two hours in the past 21 days, international students are welcome back. You must be in quarantine for 21 days at a designated hotel as soon as you arrive. Before boarding the flight, you are responsible for booking your room and will have to show proof of accommodation. Hong Kong has a strict procedure for tracing and testing, details of which can be readily accessed on the government’s website.
Taiwan reopened its borders in June to degree-level students from 19 low-risk COVID-19 countries. As of July 22, 2020, students from other countries (except China) have also been allowed to apply for re-entry. The cost of their quarantine has to be borne by individuals.
From January 2021, international students with valid visas may officially return to their private Malaysian institution, which is also expected to resume visa processing. Except for students from the United Kingdom, who are still not allowed to study abroad in Malaysia amid concerns about a new strain of COVID-19. The COVID-19 test must be taken twice, three days before boarding the flight and again upon arrival. You’ll then be required to quarantine yourself for ten days.
As long as they get permission from the relevant agency, anyone who holds a Student’s Pass may enter Singapore. All travelers must submit a health declaration for airport immigration. You have to isolate yourself at a government-designated facility for 14 days; if you leave before March 27, 2020, the government will cover the cost.