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What options do I have now that we have passed the final tuition due date of April 20th, 2020?
Can I switch my trip to another summer 2020 program?
Can I postpone my trip to 2021?
What if I need to cancel my 2020 trip now?
What happens if GoBeyond cancels my trip?
What if I made my decision BEFORE April 20th, 2020
What if I switched my trip to another summer 2020 program?
What if I postponed my trip to 2021?
What if I canceled my 2020 trip BEFORE April 20th?
What happens if I chose to remain on the trip and GoBeyond cancels the program?
British Virgin Islands COVID-19 Update
As a small island nation, the government was quick to respond by closing their borders and issuing a strict “stay at home” order. In a joint address on April 16th, the Premier and the Governor of the British Virgin Islands announced a “phased” approach to reopening their economy, stating that each phase needed to be flexible enough to take the global landscape into consideration, particularly when it comes to allowing non-BVI residents back into their country. Phase 1 was approved by the Cabinet and starts on April 20. This enables a range of stores and services to reopen, yet keeps the territorial waters, beaches, bars, restaurants, and borders closed until June 1. You can read the Governors statement HERE
During the address, the Premier also touched on an outline for phase 2. The current phase 2 proposal would limit entry to BVI citizens and those with resident status for up to three additional months. While phase 2 is not yet official and needs to be approved by the Cabinet, if approved, GoBeyond would be unable to operate our BVI programs this summer without some form of special exemption, which seems unlikely.
We will be waiting to hear the official word from the BVI government and our partners in the territory before making a decision on our BVI summer programs. During this time, we will also be exploring alternative programming to do our best to provide another option for our students to have a GoBeyond experience this summer.
As more details become available and firm decisions are made, we will communicate them with you immediately. Thank you so much for sticking with us as we navigate these turbulent uncharted waters.
GoBeyond’s Standard Approach to Risk Management
Managing risk is a crucial part of any GoBeyond program. Awareness of these risks is the key to minimizing them, creating structure around them to mitigate and reduce them in appropriate ways.
Throughout the year, GoBeyond monitors the websites of trusted global agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) for current travel risks and advisories. GoBeyond also contracts with MedAire and International SOS, two of the largest security, medical, and emergency services organizations in the world. MedAire and International SOS provide valuable insight and information on global and regional safety as travelers prepare for their program. Every student and staff traveling with us has access to these services once enrolled and confirmed on a program. GoBeyond has been operating programs for decades and we coordinate with our local on the ground partners for up to date information on a local level.
We encourage families to stay informed by accessing the most up-to-date information available at…
- CDC – https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
- DOS – https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html
- WHO – https://www.who.int/
- International SOS – https://www.internationalsos.com/
The CDC issues Travel Health Notices for any country that they feel travelers should be aware of and, along with Travel Advisories issued by the US Department of State, GoBeyond pays particular attention to this information. Travel Health Notices follow a consistent format and use plain language to help U.S. citizens find and use important information. Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters, in specific international destinations.
- Watch Level 1 – Practice usual precautions for this destination, as described in the CDC Travel Health Notice and/or on the CDC destination page. This includes being up to date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance.
- Alert Level 2 – Practice enhanced precautions for this destination. The Travel Health Notice describes additional precautions added or defines a specific at-risk population.
- Warning Level 3 – Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.