The Covid19 pandemic has jeopardized the world in very many ways. From financial squandering to personal losses, the impact of the pandemic has been deep-seated. Although it seems we are at the beginning of the end, the hard-to-swallow pill is to adjust to this new normal. Moving ahead, one crucial aspect of our lives that has received a massive blow is international travelling coupled with education. The inset of the pandemic has made studying abroad even more challenging. However, with vaccines being regulated globally and immunity driven in masses, aspiring candidates can study abroad in their dream universities.
LATEST COVID19 UPDATES FOR STUDY ABROAD ASPIRANTS
Most of the top study abroad destinations like Canada, the USA, and the UK permit international students to pursue education within their national boundaries. But, a negative mandatory RT-PCR is mandated by several nations, including Canada. You may also have to undergo a 14 day quarantine period in some study abroad destinations. Moreover, all the major countries have mandated double doses of vaccination be permitted on campus. Let us now look at some specific countries and their latest Covid19 updates for international students.
● Australia - The country has permitted 70 per cent of its international students to return for education. All international students should be inoculated with a vaccine that has the TGA tag.
● Canada - International students, going to Canada must undergo an RT-PCR test within 18 hours of the flight's boarding. However, in a recent global travel advisory, the Canadian government has stated that fully vaccinated international students will no longer be mandated to self-isolate or take a Covid10 test upon arrival to the country.
● The United States of America –The USA recently announced that it would remove all covid19 restrictions for international travellers, provided that they are fully vaccinated. The country also issued a record number of student visas, 55000 to be precise, in 2021, despite the ongoing pandemic.
● The UK does not require international students fully vaccinated by a UK-approved vaccine to undergo quarantine or a Covid19 test.
● Ireland – International students travelling from India and Bangladesh who are fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine don't need to undergo the 14-days hotel quarantine. The country is adopting a 'coordinated approach so that students can return to their campuses.
● Germany mandates an RT-PCR test 24 to 36 hours after arrival, and students have to be fully vaccinated.
Therefore, we can safely say that the international travel protocols have eased in due course of time. And, the hope is that we will be tamed further in the future, But, all young minds who are currently aspiring to study abroad, the first thing you should do is get yourself vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine. Lastly, don't forget to take care of your health, especially two to three weeks before your departure. Read all the information available for international students on the official website of your university as there may be university-specific Covid19 rules, as well.