Travel Alerts

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    Updated August 11

    The situation continues to change as the world aims to curb the spread of COVID-19. We’re following advice from government advisories and remain in touch with all our partners to keep you up to date and well informed.

    We will be sure to notify you if your programme needs to be modified or suspended because of developing governmental travel restrictions. We will always act with our students’ and their families’ best interests at heart.

    At STS, we remain positive about the future, and we hope you do too. Throughout our 62 years of experience in youth travel, we’ve continued to perfect our itineraries and we will do our outmost to make sure that as many students as possible will get a safe and wonderful experience.

    Information for High School students

    We’re thrilled to report that our first students have already arrived in their new countries, with many more soon on their way! For the time being, our high school departures in the fall are planned to go ahead as scheduled, but if anything changes we’ll be sure to let you know and do absolutely everything in our power to adapt to the new situation and ensure that your trip moves forward in the best way possible.

    Students who for whatever reason would still prefer not to proceed with their exchange as planned have several options:

    • Change destinations (subject to availability)
    • Postpone your exchange until the next intake season
    • Cancel the programme entirely (full cancellation terms apply)

    If you would like to make a change to your programme for this fall, please contact us as soon as possible.

    Travel Restrictions

    On June 22, the United States government issued a proclamation regarding immigration regulations following the Coronavirus. Fortunately, foreign students entering the United States for high school exchanges are not included in the restrictions, so STS students planning on going to the US in the fall of 2020 will not be affected by these new regulations.

    Additionally, any regulations restricting non-essential travel to the EU do not apply to people travelling for studies. So, STS students going to the EU in the fall for their exchange will not be affected by any travel restrictions.

    Welcome Camps

    Since it’s still not a good idea to gather in large groups, we have decided not to hold our usual Welcome Camps to get your exchange started this year. This is for your own safety, as well as that of your host families and communities. Instead, where possible, we will hold a year-end camp at the end of your exchange. It will be a similar gathering with other international students in your host country, where you’ll get the chance to explore the big city and see the sights and take part in workshops that will prepare you for the return home. Please keep in mind that the possibility to attend the camp depends on when you’re due to return home.

    What happens if I’m unable to travel because of the Coronavirus?

    If there are travel restrictions in place at the time of your departure that prevent you from travelling, we will first try to reschedule your trip to another destination or a later date. If that’s not possible, we will refund the program fee always in accordance with the applicable laws in your country.