COVID-19 news and updates

Update as at 21 September 2020

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year like no other and whilst travel has been disrupted we remain focussed on achieving what we do best; placing gap participants in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and providing working holidays to the UK and USA.

Given the circumstances of the current climate, we are delighted to advise that this year we have received a large and very strong number of applicants and schools who are keen to continue to recruit gap participants. As ever, we are determined to maintain the quality of our gap participants while seeking to meet school requirements and acknowledge applicant preferences such as a student year level and school location.

We will continue to update this page with news regarding COVID-19.

COVID-19 Clause:

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. This clause entitles you to a 70% refund of your placement fees should you be unable to travel  within 60 days for your intended commencement date.

Flexible Payment Options:

We fully appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic has potentially 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.

Australian travellers

As you may be aware, Australians currently require a travel exemption from the Home Affairs Department to leave Australia. This exemption is a requirement for departures up until 17 December 2020. In recent months, Letz Live has seen two dozen 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.

The current advice on the Australian Home Affairs official COVID-19 website page advises that travellers should apply for an exemption at least two weeks, but not more than three months before your planned travel.

New Zealand Travellers

New Zealand travellers do not need to apply for an exemption to leave New Zealand. Please get in contact to discuss job options and location preferences.

Flights (and “travel corridors”) to the UK

As you may be aware, there are currently specific travel corridors in place to the UK. By travelling through one of these designated corridors, you will (at the time of writing) be exempt from self-isolation requirements when entering the UK.

We have advised our participants to be mindful of the flight route in which they intend to travel to the UK. At this stage, the overwhelming majority of participants are travelling through Hong Kong and Singapore which are on the approved travel corridor list as nominated by the UK Government. Please refer to the Travel Corridor link below.

With regards to South African nationals, we have advised them that self-isolation (at time of writing) is still a requirement and they will need to have completed this prior to the orientation start date. The overwhelming majority intend to partake their self-isolation period with a UK based family prior to the commencement of their orientation. 

Naturally, the team is watching this list daily, and in continuous contact with various airline representatives. We encourage you to speak with our team about flight options.

Here is a list of government advice sites for your reference

AU: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au

NZ: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

UK: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

USA: http://travel.state.gov

UK Travel Corridor: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors 

Self Isolation UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

We continue to monitor and evaluate the situation so that you can resume plans for either a Gap Year or Working Holiday, start earning and having the time of your life!

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