Latest Updates To Study Abroad (COVID-19):

Whether you are a student with admission in hand to study at a worldwide institution or a study abroad aspirant who is eager to apply for the next intakes, you all must be similarly perplexed with the endless questions in mind as to what would be the conclusion of this global crisis.

Let all your questions and difficulties take a rest since the Universities and Institutions throughout the world are similarly concerned about your study abroad aspirations, as much as we study abroad. Consultants are and they do not want to lose upon their foreign students. At the same time, they are also aware that preventative steps need to be done and student safety is their biggest responsibility.

Let’s dive deeper and know more about the situation and the latest updates in the various countries:

United States

  • The national interest exemptions (NIEs) will now be extended to foreign students from all nations with valid F-1 and M-1 visas planning to commence or continue an academic course starting 1 August 2021 or later.

  • Students holding these visas do not need to visit an embassy or consulate to acquire an individual NIE to travel.

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should undergo a virus test three to five days after arrival. If your test comes back negative, and you are completely vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by the FDA or permitted for emergency use by the World Health Organization, you do not have to isolate.

  • If you are not completely vaccinated with an authorized vaccine, you also need to take a virus test three to five days after arrival, and self-quarantine for a full seven days after visiting, even if the test is negative.

  • Higher education institutions themselves all have distinct policies on vaccines, therefore be sure to verify Covid-19 policy with your university.

  • More than 660 US universities, including the whole University of California system, Georgetown University, and Stanford University, have stated that immunizations would be obligatory for students coming into campus.

  • It is also crucial to know that various US states presently have distinct rules that you must follow upon arriving. You may use this trip planner from the CDC to acquire vital information on travel restrictions and guidelines for the US state you are going to.

United Kingdom

  • UK institutions have responded to the Covid-19 outbreak, ensuring student safety remains a top concern while continuing to offer the world-class education the UK is recognized for. Universities have developed a range of Covid-19 support services that foreign students may utilize, including airport pick-up services, helplines for students that operate 24/7, and enabling free counseling and mental health support services.

  • UK universities are prepared to welcome students when the new academic year begins in September 2021. Universities are ready to give high-quality instruction this academic year. Many colleges will embrace a hybrid approach to teaching, with many courses being delivered in-person but with certain components staying online. The UK has created a traffic light system with various travel requirements for different nations based on their Covid-19 levels.

  • The “red list” of blacklisted nations will be drastically reduced from 11 October 2021, with 47 countries and territories being deleted.

  • Travel from a red list nation to the UK is restricted unless you’re a UK citizen or have “residence rights”. If you are an international student with a Tier 4 or new student visa, a bio-metric visa, or pre-settled/settled status under the European Union settlement program, you have residence rights and are thus immune from the restriction.

  • All passengers visiting the UK must complete a passenger location form and submit it within 48 hours before they arrive in the country. The form will ask for passport information, travel details, and the location where you will be staying in the UK. You may complete the form online on the UK government website.

  • Testing and quarantine procedures for entering the UK then rely on whether you are going from a red list nation and if you are fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine. If having been vaccinated, be sure to verify whether your vaccination is authorized on the government website.

  • If you have completed an authorized immunization course, you must perform a Covid-19 test within 48 hours after the arrival. You must schedule this exam before you fly. If the test results are negative, you do not need to isolate further, even if you are traveling from a red list country.

  • If you are not completely vaccinated and going from a non-red list country you must take a Covid-19 test three days before you fly. The negative test result may be shown at the border as a printed document, an email, or a text message on your mobile device (charged), and it must include information such as your date of birth, the results of your test, and the date the test sample was acquired.

  • Once you arrive, you must then quarantine at home or at the place you are staying for 10 days, and take two Covid-19 tests, one on day two and one on day eight after arrival. You must schedule these exams before you fly.

  • If you test negative, you may be eligible to leave quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test under the Test to Release initiative.

  • Additionally, and if you're not vaccinated and therefore are traveling from the red list zone, you must quarantine for ten days in a government-approved quarantine hotel and will be ineligible for the Test to Release program, which allows you to leave quarantine sooner.


  • Except for citizens and permanent residents, Australia's borders are closed to virtually everyone, including international students and scholars. Federal budget projections suggest that borders would likely remain closed to many students until the second part of 2022.

  • As a result of the Overseas Student Arrival Plan, states including New South Wales and Victoria are testing pilot programs to bring home a limited number of international students.

  • Even if you are chosen for one of these arrival plans, you will still require a travel exemption to visit Australia. If you are eligible for this exemption, your state government will apply on your behalf. If your overseas education institution has not recommended you to go to Australia as part of an International Student Arrival plan, you should not apply for an individual travel exemption or make travel plans.

  • An authorized International Student Arrival Plan necessitates long-term stays for international students. If students opt to leave, they will not automatically have the opportunity to return. Visiting relatives or going on vacation is included.

  • Some foreign students who satisfy certain requirements may be eligible for a limited number of travel waivers.

  • If an international student wishes to return home and take a leave of absence, they may ask to have their case reviewed.


  • You'll need evidence that a molecular test is negative. You took the Covid-19 test 72 hours before you left on your trip.

  • Student visas (also known as study permits) or letters of recommendation showing approval for a study visa are also required.

  • Covid-19 preparedness plans must be authorized by your province or territory's designated learning institution (DLI).

  • If you have completed a course of an authorized vaccination, you do not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada. However, you must submit confirmation of your completed vaccine course to the ArriveCAN platform before arrival.

  • Quarantine is required for 14 days if you are not completely vaccinated, even if your test results are negative.

  • Randomized Covid-19 testing may be performed at the border on all visitors to Canada

  • This search tool from the Canadian government might help you figure out whether your best universities in Canada qualify as designated learning institutions.

  • International students are required to spend a minimum of two weeks in quarantine while their university develops a Covid-19 preparation plan. There is help in obtaining needed supplies like food and medicine, as well as where you will quarantine.

  • To return to Canada after studying abroad Canada, your university must be a designated learning institution (DLI).

  • Your study permit or letter of introduction authorizing your study permit, together with a valid letter of acceptance from a Canadian DLI, will be required along with proof that you have enough money to maintain yourself while in Canada.

New Zealand

  • After almost 18 months of pandemic-induced isolation, New Zealand aims to offer quarantine-free admission to vaccinated visitors from low-risk nations beginning in early 2022.

  • Education As part of ENZ's New Zealand Global Education Pathways project, New Zealand is encouraging organizations to sponsor International New Zealand Education Centers. For students who want to continue their studies with New Zealand education providers, the centers will serve as stepping stones to better educational, cultural, and diplomatic ties between New Zealand, and partner nations across the world.

  • Student mobility programs, best universities in the New Zealand assistance, and event hosting possibilities are all part of the package the centers will get from New Zealand institutions. ENZ Government.

  • International students preparing their student visa applications now have updated checklists to refer to from Immigration New Zealand. As a result, those applying for student visas should consult the checklist to make sure they have all of the necessary documentation and proof.


  • Mandatory Hotel Quarantine is needed for travelers arriving from countries included on Ireland's Category 2 Designated States List under current Irish Government standards. Students are responsible for making hotel reservations and paying for the required quarantine (MHQ). Quarantine at the hotel is not required for students who have received any of the vaccinations including AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India's Covishield.

  • Anyone entering Ireland from somewhere other than Northern Ireland must comply with the following requirements: Passenger Locator Form Completion.

  • You must show that a COVID-19 PCR test you had done no more than 72 hours before arriving in Ireland came back negative or with the result "not found" (As of January 16, gov. ie)


As such the global institutions are coming up with numerous plans and tactics to cope with this problem so that it would be in the best of interest everybody.

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