Where to travel abroad during the Covid period?

The coronavirus epidemic began in Wuhan, China. It was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. The epidemic has spread around the world with health crisis management and various consequences for different countries.

The year 2021 began with the vaccine for many countries. While waiting for the entire world population to be vaccinated, the epidemic is experiencing new waves of contamination, including variants of the virus. Mondassur advises you to take out international health insurance that supports this type of condition. Mondassur now includes coverage in most of its international insurance for medical expenses related to Covid-19 and epidemics.

This article is updated weekly.

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How to travel with the coronavirus outbreak?

Many countries have taken measures to control the arrivals of aircraft from affected areas and some countries have closed their borders to prevent the spread of the virus. Check out the latest information on the website of the official international aviation agency IATA.


With the health crisis continuing, many countries require a negative PCR test before they arrive on their soil. How much does a PCR test cost if you have to do one?

Some countries have policies in place to welcome travellers with the confinement of new arrivals in quarantine (or fourteen) either systematically, in case of fever detection or positive Covid-19 tests on arrival at international airports. Travellers must then either be able to prove that they have accommodation to spend their quarantine, or they are placed directly in establishments dedicated to the reception of infected people. Some countries ask you to stay in a dedicated facility until you get the results of the tests carried out on arrival. S’ils sont négatifs, vous êtes libres de circuler.

For persons arriving in France from “third” countries (outside geographical Europe), they must present a negative PCR test and complete a derogatory travel certificate and a certificate on the honour of non-contamination at Covid-19. From Saturday, April 24, 2021, strict quarantine for travelers arriving in France from “at risk” countries: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, India, South Africa, but also From Guyana. Travellers who do not comply with this isolation upon arrival will be liable to a fine of 1,500 euros.

WHO and the health authorities of the various countries are very vigilant about monitoring the epidemic and precautions are to be taken with great attention. The peak of the epidemic varies from country to country and the date of the onset of the health crisis. The World Health Organization, WHO, recommends following precautionary health measures in accordance with local instructions from each country.

We must keep the “barrier gestures” for many more months.

What boundaries are opened with coronavirus to travel?

The evolution of the situation is daily according to the progression of the epidemic, vaccination campaigns, the success of periods of deconfinement in different countries as well as the statements of the various governments. Some destinations remain completely closed, such as China, which makes it very difficult to enter its territory with the requirement of 2 PCR tests of less than 48 hours, a strict quarantine once there and conditions of access almost limited to the family rapprochement of the Chinese. Australia also remains completely closed until September 2021. Regarding the opening of EU borders with countries outside the EU, the list of non-EU countries is regularly updated. Here are some of the European Union’s regularly updated sites:

Check the borders of countries that are re-opening following Coronavirus.

Check out the main information on theevolution of the health situation in the world following Coronavirus.

Which countries are open for an international student during Coronavirus?

The answer to this question changes daily. We invite you to go directly to the sites of the embassies of the country in which you wish to study or do an internship. You almost always have to show a negative PCR test for entry to a country. In broad terms, the countries of the European Union remain open for international students, with some of them the need for quarantine. You also need to do several PCR tests upon arrival in the country. Here are some examples of countries:

International student in the United States:

The United States has been issuing international student visas again since 1 April 2021, but it seems to be on a drip and for people already in the “queue”. This is a J-1 or F-1 visa for an international student or opt student wishing to extend his stay to do an internship in the United States. An official FAQ allows you to have some additional information but not necessarily very precise. In any case, a PCR test is essential to return to the United States.

International student in the UK:

Open with 10-day quarantine, 2 covid tests to be performed on site. More info on the checks whenstudents arrive in the UK.
Details on theimpact of covid on students in the UK
List of countries prohibited from going to the UK

International student in Canada:

In order to enter Canada as an international student,you must:
Have a valid study permit or introductory letter indicating that your study permit application has been approved
Attend a designated educational institution (EED) with an intervention plan in response to COVID-19 approved by the province or territory.
Mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 screening test and other requirements

International student in France:

The formalities differ depending on the country of origin. Changes in the health situation and variants in France are changing the way international students are welcomed in France on a weekly basis. Overall, a PCR test of less than 72 hours or even 36 hours for some countries before departure and certification on the honour of non-contamination (with mandatory quarantine depending on country of origin) is required. Travellers from Brazil and Guyana are no longer allowed to enter the country.

International student in Europe:

Germany remains open to international students with an obligation to carry out quarantine unless banned for some countries. More details on how to host an international student in Germany.

Spain remains open to international students with the need to produce a PCR test of less than 72 hours and the obligation to fill out a personal and non-transferable health check form to retrieve a QR code to keep on his laptop or to print.

International student in Asia and Oceania:

An international student may enter Asia and may be subject to a mandatory quarantine. In China, entry is prohibited. Russia is closed for international students.

Australia is closed to students until October 2021. More information to get a visa after reopening the borders for an international student in Australia.

What Covid insurance with international health insurance?

Mondassur offers various international insurances covering medical expenses related to Coronavirus. Some countries require you to have medical insurance covering Covid-19. This list evolves regularly, here are the main countries known to date requiring a certificate of insurance to present before boarding the plane:

Africa: South Africa, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Namibia, Seychelles

Asia: Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, China, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Jordan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine,

Americas: Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, St. Martin, Dominican Republic

Oceania: French Polynesia, Seychelles

You will be covered by good international health insurance like those in our Gold range worldwide. You will also have the opportunity to be covered as soon as you join given the urgency that this infection may have. Mondassur advises you to take out international health insurance such as GoldExpat if you live abroad or GoldStudent if you are studying abroad. Simple repatriation assistance guarantees will not cover you. You will be covered in your country of expatriation and also if you return to France or if you are traveling.

As far as travel insurance is concerned for your vacation or studies,in general epidemics are not covered. Many of our international travel and student insurance policies now cover Coronavirus-related medical expenses. We invite you to make a quote forthe most suitable travel insurance for your situation. You can of course contact us by email or phone explaining your situation for better advice.

What are the symptoms for the coronavirus outbreak?

Clinical symptoms are those usually observed during winter flu epidemics, such as diffuse muscle pain, fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain. In a second time, come fever and respiratory signs (cough, respiratory discomfort, chest pain). The incubation period is on average 5 days and the installation of the disease is gradually done in contrast to a more brutal flu. Latest findings indicate that the virus could be present in the body for up to 20 days. Depending on the severity of the clinical signs, maintenance is required in the hospital for 20 of the patients, 5 of whom are in resuscitation. In 30 to 60 people, infection causes little or no clinical manifestations. The major health crisis stems from the fact that complications of infection start very quickly and are very serious with a life-threatening condition requiring intensive hospital resources. These complications affect only a small part of the population, the majority of other people can carry the virus without being sick.

Coronaviruses (Cov) are a family of viruses that cause damage to your health ranging from a common cold to more serious diseases such as SRMO or SARS. The most vulnerable people are the most affected and should follow these precautions carefully. These include the elderly, people with chronic diseases, newborns and pregnant women. The case case rate is around 3 to 5.

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