Work and Travel & Corona Virus

Current information about COVID-19 for your Work & Travel stay

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What are the consequences of the Corona virus for my work & travel or au pair stay?

The consequences of the corona virus are currently hardly predictable. Nobody knows exactly how long the corona pandemic will continue and what extent the corona virus will ultimately take on. The fact is that the Corona Virus has a major impact on the daily lives of many people worldwide. Of course, many people who are abroad are also affected. This affects not only vacationers, but also work & travel adventurers and au pairs. We are currently receiving many inquiries from work & travelers and au pairs and their families who do not really know how to behave in the current situation. Regardless of whether you are planning your stay abroad, about to start your adventure, or are already abroad - there are a few things to consider in connection with the Corona virus. In this article we would like to inform you about the current developments of the COVID-19 in connection with au pair or work & travel stays and keep you up to date.

Important: This post is constantly updated. The latest updates can be found at the end of the post.


This article is updated and expanded regularly. No liability is assumed for the correctness and completeness of this compilation of information and links. For more detailed information, please contact the Foreign Office. We have also set up a Facebook group, where we offer help for all work & travelers, students and au pairs abroad whose stay abroad was influenced by COVID-19. Regardless of whether you are already abroad or still planning. Ask us your question, we will try to help.

Planning the stay abroad

In general, we do not recommend starting a stay in one of the areas classified as risk areas. You should therefore inform yourself about the current situation during the planning of your adventure and before you leave. Current (as of March 15.03.2020, XNUMX) apply according to Robert Koch Institute classifies the following countries & regions as risk areas:

International risk areas

In China: Hubei Province (incl. Wuhan City)
In South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
In France: Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)
In Austria: State of Tyrol
In Spain: Madrid
In USA: States of California, Washington and New York

I am currently planning a work & travel / au pair stay. Should I postpone it?

Of course, nothing stands in the way of planning. Depending on when you plan to leave, it makes sense to adjust the time period, of course. Even though it may be a bit painful at the moment to postpone your planned adventure, it gives you more time to prepare for your stay abroad. We think and hope that the situation will calm down significantly in the coming months. Use the time to plan, read books, travel and experience reports, ask us your questions and enjoy the anticipation of the upcoming adventure. We are happy to help you with planning and organization.

Before starting your stay abroad

Do you already have a promise for an au pair position or have you already booked a work & travel trip and are about to leave? Don't panic, many other adventurers are in the same situation as you. Here too, find out whether your travel destination is in one of the risk areas.

I am about to leave, what should I do?

If you have booked your stay abroad through a Work & Travel, Study Abroad or Au Pair organization, you should definitely get in touch with the responsible contact persons. In most cases, the packages and flights that have already been booked can be rebooked and moved free of charge.

Already abroad

Are you already abroad and are considering terminating your work & travel or au pair stay due to the Corona virus? Again, don't panic. If you are not in one of the risk areas mentioned above, you should continue your stay abroad as normally as possible. Of course, you should follow the instructions of the authorities and your organization. In some areas, e.g. Australia or New Zealand, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 is actually significantly lower than in Germany or elsewhere in Europe.

I am in a risk area abroad. What should I do?

There is no need to panic here either. Follow local quarantine regulations. Of course, it is not easy to be in another country in an exceptional situation. But in the current situation it is best for everyone involved to sit out the crisis and trust the authorities. You should always be in close (virtual) contact with your family, your organization in Germany and the authorities in your home country. As long as the authorities do not recommend a return trip for students abroad, there is no need for action.

Please note the updates to the Corona virus at the end of the article!

I still want to travel back home. What do I have to consider?

In this case it is recommended that you try to isolate yourself for about 14 days. Avoid contact with other people and stay at home if possible. If you feel typical symptoms of the disease, call your family doctor (do not just go to the clinic) or inform the responsible health department by phone.

Do I have insurance coverage from my overseas health insurance in the corona pandemic?

We have created a detailed article on insurance protection for overseas travel health insurance and travel cancellation insurance. You can find all the information in this post.

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Hygiene tips for the university against COVID-19

You should follow some basic rules to minimize the risk of infection with the Corona Virus in everyday life. The Federal Center for Health Education has many helpful hygiene tips such as:

  • wash your hands thoroughly, regularly and for at least 30 seconds
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of the arm
  • Avoid being in close proximity to other people if possible (minimum distance of one meter)
  • No shaking hands

Useful links and further information

Here you will find further information on the development of the corona virus. Keep up to date and keep yourself informed on the website of your university and host university.

Useful Links


Statements from various ERASMUS networks on COVID-19:

Corona virus updates in Australia

Update: 04.04.2020 | Working holiday visa can be extended

Good news for all backpackers with a Work and Travel Visa (Working Holiday Visa) in Australia. The Australian government has decided that backpackers can extend their existing visa for up to 12 months if you work in a particular industry. Above all, this includes agriculture, but also health care and the care sector.

The key points of the decision:

  • Visa can be extended up to 12 months if backpackers work in one of the industries mentioned above
  • Restriction that backpackers may only be employed by the same employer for 6 months has been lifted for the time being
  • Temporary Visa Holders can access up to € 10.000 tax-free from their superannuation

The Australian government is responding to the increasing pressure from agriculture. Due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, many backpackers have (had to) leave the country and no new Work & Travelers have moved up. As a result, thousands of workers are lacking, especially in agriculture, which could threaten billions of crop losses in the coming months.

Update: March 27.03.2020th, XNUMX | Corona virus shut down

Travel is also severely restricted within Australia. Most states have closed their borders to prevent the spread of coronavirus at the state level. Unnecessary trips are no longer possible across borders. Travelers are therefore rejected at the border and there is a risk of severe penalties if the measures are disregarded.

The states of Australia are authorized to take their own laws and measures. You can find all information about the restrictions at the state level here:

"Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel. States and territories can apply their own restrictions, including closing their state borders."

Australian Health Authority

Update: 23.03.2020 | Corona virus shutdown

Australia is now taking harsher measures to spread the spread of the corona virus. Many shops and facilities will be closed for the time being on Monday, March 23.03.2020rd, 12, XNUMX noon.

Pubs & clubs

In NSW and Victoria, pubs, night clubs, casinos and similar facilities in hotels will be closed from March 23.03.2020, XNUMX.

Cinemas and entertainment

Closed in NSW and Victoria.

Restaurants and cafes

Only delivery service and take-away in NSW and Victoria.

Gyms and indoor sports facilities

Closed in NSW and Victoria.

Weddings and funerals

No longer allowed in Victoria.


Victoria preferred the Easter holidays. These are now from Monday, March 23.03.2020rd, 13.04.2020 to April XNUMXth, XNUMX.

NSW schools are still open for the time being. However, parents are encouraged to look after their children at home. However, they can take their children to school if they need to work.

Shops & supermarkets

Still open, including bottle shops.

Update: 18.03.2020

The Federal Foreign Office in Germany has issued a worldwide travel warning and advises against unnecessary tourist trips abroad. There are also increasing drastic restrictions on travel, quarantine measures and restrictions in public life.

Does this warning also apply to Work & Travel / AuPair stays?

The Federal Foreign Office currently advises against travel abroad. However, we think that this includes upcoming work & travel and au pair stays. In the current situation, we advise you to follow the recommendations of the authorities and not to start your stay abroad. Postponed is not cancelled. Wait until the situation calms down and start relaxing in the adventure of a lifetime a few months later.

I am already abroad. What should I do?

The numerous tightening of entry and exit regulations worldwide have led to a significant reduction or cessation of air traffic in many countries. As the Federal Foreign Office reports, the Federal Government wants to enable all Germans who have been stranded abroad to return to Germany. Up to 50 million euros will be made available for this.

You can find out whether this return campaign is suitable for you at FAQ page of the Federal Foreign Office read up. The focus is currently on the countries of Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Egypt.

In our Facebook group you can connect with other travelers, work & travelers and students. We offer free support and help for anyone who has been affected by the Corona virus abroad or while planning their stay abroad.

I am already in a semester abroad / student exchange / au pair / work & travel. Does the return campaign affect me?

The offer is primarily aimed at Germans who want to temporarily stay abroad and return, including participants in exchange programs and the like.

You can find out whether this return campaign is suitable for you during the semester abroad at FAQ page of the Federal Foreign Office read up. The focus is currently on the countries of Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Egypt.

How can I register for the return campaign?

To do this, sign up for the ELEFAND crisis preparedness list: ´- Due to the current high demand worldwide, the program is heavily used, which can lead to delays. Enter your contact details there and you will then be contacted by the relevant diplomatic mission as soon as there are any new options for returning to Germany.

Support others! Do good in difficult times!

Worldwide, the Corona virus is reported almost exclusively. The devastating bush fires in Australia seem to have long been forgotten. Nevertheless, there are still many construction sites here and there is above all a lack of financial support for non-profit organizations. We want to help and you can too!

Have you booked your Work & Travel adventure through a Work & Travel organization? Take 5 minutes and give a short, free review about the organization. You are not only helping other adventurers to find a suitable organization, you are also supporting a good cause! For every rating we give, we donate 10 cents to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast in Australia. In addition, we are giving away Amazon vouchers under all ratings.

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For each review, we will donate 10 cents to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation
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