COVID-19 news and updates
Update as at 11 May 2021
As we well and truly say goodbye to 2020, the horizon is looking sunny, positive and exciting for 2021.
It goes without saying that whilst travel has been disrupted we remain focussed on achieving what we do best: offering amazing Gap Year experiences in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Thailand.
We are still operating
We are delighted to advise that our programmes have remained operational in 2021 having received a large number of very strong applicants from around the world and schools that were keen to continue to recruit Gap Assistants; many have actually increased their Gap Assistant intake!
Applications for our 2021 and 2022 intakes are open
With vaccination programmes becoming more prevalent around the world and global COVID-19 case numbers falling quickly (despite some media reports) we’re already starting to see application levels return to pre-pandemic levels for programmes commencing next year; particularly for Australian based applicants interested in our UK and New Zealand programmes.
Our advice to prospective applicants for July (for our New Zealand intake) and September (for our UK intake) 2021, and again for January 2022 (all destinations), is to lodge your application prior to the extended May 31st closing date.
If you or your parents have any questions, queries or concerns regarding the programme, please contact our offices and one of our team can assist you.
We will continue to update this page with news regarding COVID-19.
New Zealand remains closed to all nationals outside of those currently located in Australia. Those based in Australia at present can travel to New Zealand without issue. The Trans-Tasman bubble commenced on the 19th of April opening quarantine free travel between Australia and New Zealand.
We’re thrilled to advise that Letz Live gappies arrived in New Zealand at the end of April and are settling into their placements already. There is limited availability for our July intake – please get in touch.
We’re still taking applications for July 2021 and Jan 2022, again due to increased placement opportunities with our host schools.
The UK has introduced a traffic light system for international travellers. From 17 May, travellers from Australia and New Zealand are classed as “green” and upon entry to the UK are not required to quarantine. It is important to check your transit country en-route to the UK as your transit city must also travel via a green country to avoid quarantining on arrival into the UK. You are still required to take a covid test before departure and on arrival into the UK on the green list.
Over 67% of the adult population has already received at least one vaccination with restrictions continuing to ease.
When travelling from NZ you don’t need to apply to leave the country. If travelling from Australia you will need to apply for a travel exemption which will be granted with a job offer. The category suitable is “going abroad for 3+ months” which applies to our Gap Year jobs and we already have a number of Aussies who have successfully departed. If you’re located outside of Australia and New Zealand, please contact our office to discuss what restrictions might be in place.
Visas are being issued as normal and visa processing times are currently about 3-4 weeks.
In recent months, Letz Live has seen dozens of examples of exemption approvals for participants to travel for work to the UK to begin their role within a school for their August/September intake. These results are very encouraging and we continue to watch, with great interest, the decisions made by the Federal Government. You can find further information about exemptions online here.
We’re taking gap year placements for September 2021 and January 2022, as well as continuous working holiday applications.
The Trans-Tasman bubble allows quarantine free travel for New Zealanders into Australia. At this time, entry to Australia is not available to other nationalities without a travel exemption. If you have an Australian or New Zealand passport you do not need an exemption to enter Australia.
We are expecting this to change soon and will be accepting applications for January 2022 intake.
Thailand remains closed to overseas nationals although travel exemptions are possible. Participants travelling to Thailand will be required to partake in mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival.
We have introduced a refund clause into our gap programme participant agreement should you be unable to travel within a designated timeframe ahead of your gap placement.
Flexible Payment Options
We fully appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed financial strain on a number of families. In light of this, we’ve teamed up with Skye Finance who can potentially provide you with flexible payment options for your gap year placement with 0% interest repayments. Please contact our office should you require additional information regarding this flexible payment arrangement. NB: this is available to Australian residents only.