May 20, 2021
Dear parents and students,
We are happy to share some hopeful news with all of you. The European Union announced that by the end of June European countries should start welcoming fully vaccinated visitors from non-EU countries, including the US.
This welcome news gives us renewed hope that European travel is going to become a reality this summer and we can’t wait to share it with you! We are moving forward with our program planning in France, Spain, Italy, and Hawaii, and we look forward to welcoming you onboard.
Important reminders for our Europe-bound families: please *check the expiration date of your passport* and file for renewal as soon as possible, if necessary. Remember that your passport has to be valid *at least 6 months* past your intended return date, so if you are planning to return to the U.S. in mid-August, your passport has to be *valid through mid-February of next year*. Processing times are now twice as long because of the unusual circumstances so please do not put this off any longer.
Please also let us know if you have already been vaccinated or if you are planning to do so in the nearest future. It appears that vaccinations may be required for summer travel to Europe.
We are receiving many questions from parents and students who are eager to plan their summer. For your information, here are some of the most common ones. Please contact us at any time with any additional questions or requests you may have.
Are you planning to run your 2021 summer programs? What if the pandemic and travel restrictions continue through the summer of 2021?
At present, we continue with our normal summer planning and we expect to run the above-mentioned programs as usual.
Do you recommend purchasing travel insurance such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, and medical coverage? Will it cover cancellations for Covid-related reasons, medical issues, accidents, or other contingencies?
We have thoroughly researched many travel insurance policies and we will gladly share our findings with you. These policies include trip cancellation for any reason, trip interruption, and medical evacuation insurance, as well as a 24/7 emergency assistance service. These insurance policies will help you manage the risks and cover you in the event that you have to cancel or interrupt your trip, require medical attention or evacuation, experience an accident, luggage delay or loss, and many other contingencies. If the Covid-19 pandemic continues they will cover your program fee, airfare, and other trip expenses should you need to cancel your trip because of medical issues, covered reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic, or other contingencies (subject to policy conditions). For details, please email us at [email protected], call us at 888-462-2239 or “chat” with us online at any time.
If the pandemic continues and if I need to cancel for this summer will I be able to get a refund? Is there a deadline for canceling with a refund?
In the unlikely event that the pandemic continues through the summer, you will have an option to either transfer to our domestic program in Honolulu, Hawaii or receive credit for next summer. Email or call us for details.
Will you follow any particular safety rules/protocol this summer? Will you require or recommend vaccinations and Covid-19 tests?
We will abide by the CDC Travel Guidelines and Guidelines for Summer Programs. We will keep our families updated on a regular basis and work together to devise the optimal safety protocol for our students and staff. It is possible that pre-departure tests, social distancing, masks, and vaccinations will be required during foreign travel.
What if I decide to switch from a European program to one in the United States or Canada? What options do you have for those who prefer to stay closer to home?
If at any point you decide to switch to a domestic program and stay closer to home, we will be happy to transfer your application and apply your payments to our Hawaiian Adventure program in Honolulu, Hawaii.