The Omicron variant
A new variant of the Covid-19 virus has been detected. "Omicron", as it's called was first found in South Africa but has been spreading to other countries in a rapid pace.
This has put governments worldwide in high alert once again, with some countries enforcing restrictions and partial lockdowns.
Will this however affect your travel plans to any of our language trip destinations?
So far there hasn't been any major changes, but a few countries have made some notable amendments to their rules.
The UK has just announced that everyone arriving to the country, no matter where from, will have to take a day 2 PCR-test. Self-isolation is mandatory until a negative result has been confirmed. Masks will once again be mandatory in shops and public transport.
Spain is banning visitors from the UK who are not fully vaccinated. Prior to this, only a negative test was required in order to enter.
Australia, Canada, The United States & several EU countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Malta and Spain have imposed entry bans for anyone (non-nationals & non-residents) who is coming from or has traveled through Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
No other significant changes have been made to any destination offered by The Language Union, and travel rules generally remains unchanged.
New variants and a rise in positive cases is not surprising considering that the winter is back. Many experts are assuring us that there is no need to worry, but that we need to keep following the guidelines in order to prevent the spread. Once the temperatures start to get warmer again, the cases will drop once again.
As far as your travel plans go, we recommend you to keep them as normal but to make sure that you have a travel insurance in case new restrictions are put in place.
By having an insurance, you can plan and travel in peace without having to worry about eventual changes that can affect anyone.
Many believe that Covid is something that we have to learn to live with, just like the flu, and this is an opinion that is shared with us at TLU as well.
No one knows when and if it will ever end, but what's sure is that it will never kill the joy of traveling and learning a new language overseas!