Coronavirus advice and guidance

General Coronavirus advice and guidance

For UK government Coronavirus guidance for education or work placements overseas, please see the UK government website which provides information for organisations and participants.

The UK National Agency (NA) and the European Commission continue to closely monitor information regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic

If your organisation has an Erasmus+ and/or a European Solidarity Corps project funded by the UK NA please continue to follow the advice provided in direct communications relating specifically to your project(s).

It is important to remember that any changes to your project activities and your contract due to the Coronavirus need to be approved by the UK NA. Please also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (325 KB) which provide further guidance on what steps you need to take in such cases.

Given the circumstances we appreciate that it may be difficult to progress with your project at the moment. Please bear in mind before arranging travel, accommodation or any other activities that these costs may not be covered by your project contract, for example where the level of risk means it is unrealistic to deliver your project. Organisations may wish to consider ‘blended’ mobilities, with virtual elements supported by physical mobilities in the future.

Travelling abroad for Erasmus+ and/or European Solidarity Corps during the COVID-19 pandemic

When considering travel for an Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps project, it is essential that Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice is adhered to.

At present, UK foreign travel guidance includes:

1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel lists and relevant guidance, which is available for:

2. The latest FCDO travel advice for the destination country.

3. The FCDO also provide general guidance for British people travelling abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic, if they are legally permitted to travel under current COVID-19 restrictions.

All of the above travel guidance must be adhered to.

UK participants currently overseas should continue to maintain contact with their sending and hosting organisations and must follow the latest FCDO guidance and the advice of local authorities as the destination country may set additional restrictions. You must ensure your participants are aware of these and are still able to travel to undertake their placement and comply with all relevant advice and restrictions in their host country.

The European Commission has also published information in the form of Frequently Asked Questions aimed at both participants and beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes. You can also contact our UK NA helplines available on our contact us webpage.

Please note: This news item was first published on 26 February 2020. It was last reviewed on 01 August 2022.