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Where can I travel?

Last updated: 09 April 2021

Where can GVI participants travel right now? Below you will find a full list of the countries that GVI operates in that have reopened their borders for travellers.

Participants from around the world are wondering which countries and GVI bases they can travel to right now, and the good news is that many countries have started to relax restrictions, reopen borders and many are now accepting travellers.

We've compiled the details of where participants can currently travel internationally. As rules continuously change, destinations may suddenly reopen or close to participants without notice, so participants are recommended to conduct a final check with the local authorities before confirming travel plans.

UNITED KINGDOM

FAQs - UK TRAVEL DURING CURRENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

 

Q: Can I exit and enter the United Kingdom (UK) during current lockdown regulations?

A: Yes, but all international travellers will have to show proof of essential travel upon departure. Quarantine procedures may also apply upon arrival at your destination and upon returning to the UK.

Q: What qualifies as essential travel?

A: In some cases you may have to show proof of essential travel upon leaving your home country. Volunteering and travelling for education are both listed as legally permitted reasons for essential travel. As GVI is both a volunteering organisation and a registered learning provider, we will supply you with a letter confirming the educational and critical work purposes of your trip with GVI which will permit you to travel. We have successfully had participants travel in recent weeks using this documentation at the airport.

Q: Where should I get a COVID-19 test done to use for international travel?

A: We recommend getting a private test in order to facilitate your travel, and get a certificate showing your negative test result. This should be taken within 72 hours of departure from the UK.

Q: Which GVI locations are unaffected by the red list?

A: GVI locations currently unaffected by the red list are as follows:

    • Cambodia
    • Costa Rica
    • Fiji
    • Ghana
    • Greece
    • India
    • Laos
    • Mexico
    • Nepal
    • Thailand
    • Canary Islands

If you’re unsure what the red list is or if it will affect your travel plans, please see our answer below.

Q: What is a red listed country, and what happens if I’m travelling from one of those countries to the UK?

A: The red list countries are 33 hotspots that have been deemed at high risk of the COVID-19 variants and have been shown to have patients with the COVID-19 variant in circulation.

If you have been in or through any country on the travel ban red list in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the United Kingdom (UK) unless you are a British or Irish National, or have residence rights in the UK. However, you will still be required to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.

You will also not be allowed to use the Test to Release scheme. A process in which you would pay for a private COVID-19 test to find out if you can reduce your quarantine period after international travel.

If you are not a British or Irish National and have been in or through any of the countries listed below in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.

The red list of countries is as follows:

    • Angola
    • Argentina
    • Bolivia
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • Burundi
    • Cape Verde
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Ecuador
    • Eswatini
    • French Guiana
    • Guyana
    • Lesotho
    • Malawi
    • Mauritius
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
    • Rwanda
    • Seychelles
    • South Africa
    • Suriname
    • Tanzania
    • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    • Uruguay
    • Venezuela
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

Please note that you can however still travel to GVI locations currently on the red list, but you will need a letter of essential travel, which GVI can provide to you.

  GVI base is open May enter Quarantine upon arrival back in the UK?
       
Seychelles, Mahe YES YES* Quarantine
Seychelles, Curieuse YES YES* Quarantine
Costa Rica, Jalova YES YES* Quarantine
Costa Rica, Quepos YES YES* Quarantine
Ghana, Accra YES YES* Quarantine
Mexico, Puerto Morelos YES YES* Quarantine
Nepal, Pokhara YES YES* Quarantine
Thailand, Phang Nga YES YES* Quarantine
Thailand, Chiang Mai YES YES* Quarantine
South Africa, Limpopo YES YES* Quarantine
South Africa, Cape Town YES YES* Quarantine
South Africa, Bushwise YES YES* Quarantine
Greece, Giannitsochori YES YES* Quarantine
Peru, Cusco YES NO Quarantine
Cambodia, Siem Reap YES NO Quarantine
Canary Islands, Tenerife YES NO Quarantine
Laos, Luang Prabang YES NO Quarantine
India, Kerala YES NO Quarantine
Fiji, Dawasamu YES NO Quarantine
Fiji, Caqalai YES NO Quarantine

* Please note, special conditions may apply, such as different restrictions for vaccinated versus non-vaccinated travellers, a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to travelling, quarantine upon entering the country or a deposit. Speak to your enrollment manager to find out more.

UNITED STATES

  GVI base is open May enter Quarantine upon arrival back in the US?
       
Seychelles, Mahe YES YES* No quarantine
Seychelles, Curieuse YES YES* No quarantine
Costa Rica, Jalova YES YES* No quarantine
Costa Rica, Quepos YES YES* No quarantine
Ghana, Accra YES YES* No quarantine
Mexico, Puerto Morelos YES YES* No quarantine
Nepal, Pokhara YES YES* No quarantine
Thailand, Phang Nga YES YES* No quarantine
Thailand, Chiang Mai YES YES* No quarantine
South Africa, Limpopo YES YES* Quarantine
South Africa, Cape Town YES YES* Quarantine
South Africa, Bushwise YES YES* Quarantine
Greece, Giannitsochori YES NO Quarantine
Peru, Cusco YES YES* No quarantine
Cambodia, Siem Reap YES NO No quarantine
Canary Islands, Tenerife YES NO Quarantine
Laos, Luang Prabang YES NO No quarantine
India, Kerala YES NO No quarantine
Fiji, Dawasamu YES NO No quarantine
Fiji, Caqalai YES NO No quarantine

* Please note, special conditions may apply, such as different restrictions for vaccinated versus non-vaccinated travellers, a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to travelling, quarantine upon entering the country or a deposit. Speak to your enrollment manager to find out more.

OTHER COUNTRIES

For information on travel options for other nationalities, please see the relevant links below:

 

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