COVID-19 news and updates
Update as at 23 SEPT 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. Here is our Gap Year Travel Advice for Letz Live programmes.
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 2022 intakes are open
With vaccination programmes becoming more prevalent around the world 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 for January 2022 (all destinations), is to lodge your application as soon as possible.
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. While the Trans-Tasman bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been temporarily paused, we are expecting positive news of this being reinstated soon.
We’re still taking applications for Jan 2022, again due to increased placement opportunities with our host schools.
The UK is updating their entry requirements from October 4th, 2021. They are removing the traffic light system previously introduced. If you are travelling from any country not on their red list (currently Australia and New Zealand) and are fully vaccinated prior to travelling, you will be exempt from any home quarantining and need only take a PCR test on day 2 of arrival in the UK. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to arrange home quarantine for 10 days prior to your Gap Year/ Working Holiday placement. Please contact us if you are arriving from a red listed country.
All restrictions are currently lifted in the UK.
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 applications for January 2022, as well as continuous working holiday applications.
Those travelling from South Africa to the United Kingdom are required to undertake mandatory hotel quarantine ahead of their placement.
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.