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COVID19: We’ve got you covered

Posted by: GoEco Staff
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It goes without saying, the well-being and safety of our volunteers, students and interns is our top priority. We understand the current coronavirus status raises some concerns. We’re here to help:

The steps we take to ensure safety:

We are closely monitoring the situation with the World Health Organization and are following the instructions of the official health authorities where our projects are located. All local staff are taking thorough hygiene precautions and educating volunteers as well as the community on these matters.

Due to increasing global travel restrictions, GoEco is currently advising volunteers to postpone their trip until after November 1, 2020.
 
Sri Lanka is paving the way for tourism: 

The Sri Lankan government announced plans to open its borders to international tourists for this fall. Our programs are eagerly preparing for new arrivals with updated safety protocols which include but are not limited to the following: 
  • Travellers will be required to provide a negative PCR test before boarding their flight 
  • Upon arrival, travellers will receive another PCR test and will be provided follow up tests during their stay 
  • Increased sanitation measures have been implemented on-site along with capacity limits to ensure social distancing can still take place
  • Designated places to self isolate in case of any positive tests will be arranged 
  • Exact updates for Sri Lanka specifically can be found at the following document: https://www.srilanka.travel/pdf/SL_Tourism_Operational_Guidelines.pdf
We foresee that as other countries follow suit by opening their borders, similar policies will be implemented on our programs to ensure all projects will be able to safely re-introduce volunteers again in the future. 
 
We are happy to update that there have been no confirmed cases at any GoEco project to date. The vast majority of GoEco volunteers are continuing with their travel plans from November 1, 2020, so they can make a positive impact on our programs, which really need their support. We will, of course, update you as the situation develops.

Changes in your travel plans? We guarantee flexibility. 

Bookings from March 16, 2020
It is important for GoEco that all our volunteers feel comfortable and safe to travel. So, if you feel that you need to change your travel plans for any reason we can help you reschedule your trip for free, provided we have at least 31 days notice. 
GoEco guarantees you the flexibility to reschedule your trip anytime within 18 months of your original start date. 
Alternatively, we will be happy to help you to find another GoEco program worldwide. GoEco is a global organization supporting over 40 countries with more than 150 volunteer projects.
 
Bookings before March 16, 2020:
We are also offering free postponements to allow volunteers affected by the travel restrictions to reschedule their trip within two year of their original start date.



Travel Advice

As we live in dynamic times it is important to be up to date with what is going on. You can find travel updates on the CDC or IATA websites regarding travel restrictions before departure and booking flights.
Prior to departure, please contact the local embassy for the country you will be visiting to find out if there are any important updates that you should be aware of.
All our volunteers are required to purchase Travel Health Insurance and should also consider adding Travel Cancellation Insurance. Click here for more information.

On a personal note

In these times of uncertainty, we appreciate your willingness to continue to get involved and make a positive impact abroad. Our programs rely on volunteer support and we are all looking forward to the future when travel will be safe again to continue making a difference around the globe!  



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