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The latest travel updates to our destinations

Following the latest news around the world related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19, there are new rules and regulations you should be aware of before traveling to study with Alpadia Language Schools. Restrictions and testing requirements per destination country are detailed below. 

We are pleased to say that all our schools in these destinations continue to be open as usual. In the event that students test positive shortly after arrival or during their studies, they are required to self-isolate as per local government guidelines. 

 

Germany 

  • All travelers must take a recognized test (PCR, LAMP, TMA or Antigen) within 48 hours prior of travel.

  • All vaccinated or recovered travelers arriving from high risk countries can enter Germany without the need for quarantine as long as the proof of vaccination or recovery is uploaded to the entry portal before arrival. 

  • Any other travelers from high risk countries are obligated to quarantine for a period of 10 days. The quarantine can be ended early if proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test is uploaded to the portal, but only after the fifth day following arrival

  • Students who attend our Berlin and Freiburg schools must be vaccinated or take daily tests. Tests are free of charge in nearby test centers or can be taken at our schools for a free of €5. 

  • Masks are mandatory everywhere inside the school as well as public spaces. Please also note that only fully vaccinated people can enter public spaces, including non-essential shops and events. 

For further information, visit Germany's government website

 

France

  • All travelers must take a PCR test within 48 hours of travel. 

  • Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from Europe, Schengen or a Green list country can enter without restrictions.

  • Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from green list countries must take a PCR or antigen test 72 to 24 hours before arrival.

  • Travelers arriving from orange list countries must take a PCR test 48 hours before arrival and self-isolate for seven day days, including the fully vaccinated.

  • Masks are mandatory everywhere inside the school as well as public spaces.

For further information, visit France’s government website. 

 

Switzerland

  • All travelers entering Switzerland must complete a government entry form

  • All travelers must take a PCR test upon arrival and have a follow up test within four to seven days, if you are not vaccinated or recovered. 

  • All students must present a valid COVID pass to enter the school, and masks are mandatory everywhere inside the school.

  • Travelers that are not vaccinated or recovered must provide PCR test within 72 hours before arriving, or Antigen of less than 24 hours. 

For further information, visit Switzerland’s government website. 

 

Is it safe to come to ALPADIA?

Our goal is to minimize disruptions to your study plans and provide you with the best learning experience, peace of mind and absolute comfort at all times. Rest assured that our team will be implementing high-standard sanitary measures, respecting social distancing rules and following strictly all government guidelines, and imposing extra measures on our own initiative. To that end, ALPADIA has created a specific safety measures process with an objective to ensure continuity of French and German classes at the school at the highest standard of protection for our students.

 

Find out more about the health and safety measures that will be implemented at our schools:

ALPADIA Year-Round Schools Safety Guidelines:  LyonBerlinFreiburg and Montreux

Information about arriving in France

Information about arriving in Germany

Information about arriving in Switzerland

 

Can I enrol for a French or German course online?

Yes, you can enrol for a French or German course online. The online academic material is exactly the same as the one used in class as we partner with editors in France, Germany and Switzerland. Find out more about our courses online here!

 

Book with Confidence Guarantee

Any language course booked with  Alpadia that is affected by coronavirus can be postponed or canceled without charge. 

If your study plans are changed because of testing positive for coronavirus, government-imposed travel restrictions or school closures due to lockdowns, you can postpone your course by up to 6 months (a maximum of 2 times in 12 months) at no extra cost (including summer surcharges or seasonal price differences) or get a full refund of any fees paid. 

For summer camps, the stay can be postponed to the following year.

This gives you maximum flexibility to enjoy the great experience of language travel when you want.

 

If you have not found an answer to your question, feel free to contact us - we will be happy to help!