COVID-19 (Coronavirus) travel update
Updated Tuesday 31st March 2020
We recognise the significant and unprecedented challenges that colleges and universities are facing right now and send our sincere best wishes during this difficult time. Please be assured that the team at StudyLink will do our very best to support you, mitigate the effect for all concerned and keep you informed as and when we receive the latest travel updates.
Our latest updates will be posted here.
Latest information regarding international travel for students under 18
On Thursday 12th March, the government advised against overseas travel for students under 18 until further notice. This is due to concerns that organisers of trips for under 18s would face significant challenges in making arrangements to ensure student’s welfare should adult supervisors or students be required to self-isolate. You can read the full statement here
This is a unique situation for all of us and we are working with ABTA and the School Travel Forum to seek further clarification on the statement from the government.
We are contacting groups to discuss their arrangements as each booking is likely to be different and we are prioritising customers due to depart over the next few weeks, working in chronological departure date order. Please be assured that we will be in touch with you in due course.
Latest information regarding international travel for students over 18
Please follow the advice provided by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). The latest advice can be found here
On 17th March, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all non-essential travel worldwide, initially for a period of 30 days.
Travel advice may change whilst overseas and we advise you to regularly check all relevant GOV.UK guidance.
We are monitoring the situation closely as it unfolds and if there are any changes to any advice, we will be in touch accordingly.
Over the next few weeks there will be short term disruption, however, we are hopeful that travel will return to normal and we can continue to support you in providing valuable learning experiences for your students.
Please take a look at the Joint Statement to Schools from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel and the School Travel Forum – 30th March for more information
Travellers can find the latest advice here
You can find ABTA’s latest travel update and general advice for travellers here