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Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and youth work visits and trips

Last updated: 10 Nov 2021 - see all updates
Published: 2 Sep 2020

Information for local authorities and schools.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and youth work visits and trips
International educational visits

International educational visits

As of 10 November 2021, international school and youth work visits and trips can now take place. However, organisers should consider carefully whether such trips would be appropriate in light of their local circumstances and wider guidance on international travel on a case-by-case basis.

This should include a risk-based assessment of the following:

  • the health and other risks associated with current international travel, including any public health advice for the destination country
  • the potential benefits to the health, wellbeing and learning of children and young people which may be offered by the trip, and would be difficult to achieve through other means (such as travel to a UK destination)
  • possible impacts on learning, wellbeing and staffing capacity, should staff or pupils be required to isolate on their return for any reason
  • specific testing and isolation requirements, both in the UK and for any destination country
  • whether or not adequate insurance is in place, including financial protection for possible cancellation or other costs
  • the age and number of children and young people and staff involved in the trip, and how this may affect the associated transmission risks
  • any additional transmission risks associated with specific activities during the trip

It is important to note that school trips are subject to any relevant local authority guidance or procedures that may be in place.

Organisers are reminded that the travel list (and wider guidance on international travel) is subject to change and countries may be moved onto the red list at any point. If the travel lists change during a visit, organisers must comply with international travel guidance and should have contingency plans in place to account for these changes.

In all cases participants on the trip should continue to follow restrictions in the wider schools guidance and the guidance on school and youth work domestic trips as far as possible. This includes the above guidance on LFD tests, regardless of whether or not this is required by international restrictions. In addition to this all participants in a visit should comply with any testing requirements in the international travel guidance.

In case of a participant developing COVID-19 during an international trip. It is a matter for individual groups to devise an appropriate isolation and repatriation plan for their individual circumstances. For example, it may not always be feasible to arrange repatriation for a participant if already abroad, so it may be more appropriate for an infected individual to isolate in place for the remainder of the trip or as long as required, depending on destination restrictions and trip duration. Additionally organisers should consider arrangements for staff isolation and repatriation, including any safeguarding implications this may have should multiple staff be required to isolate, as well as access to testing if required.





First published: 2 Sep 2020 Last updated: 10 Nov 2021 -