XploreAsia Update – July, 2020 – When Can You Start Teaching Overseas?
Many of you are wondering when you will be able to travel overseas to begin your teaching adventure, well, here at XploreAsia, we have been closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis. As the situation progresses, we wanted to provide an update on international travel to our program countries and a discussion of the impact and plans for resuming programs. We also include our current planned intake dates for each country for TESOL + Placement programs.
Things are looking good in Thailand. The Emergency Decree has been extended through July 31, 2020, as a precautionary measure, in case of a second wave due to having the freedom of movement within the country, as well as schools now being open since July 1. As of writing, domestic cases are down to zero, and have been for well over a month now! This is great news and is a great sign for programs being able to run in the near future. Foreigners with work permits and/or contracts in place are able to apply for a “permission to travel” letter from their local Thai embassy, meaning that non-Thai professionals with work-permits and/or pre-approved visas are able to return, with a mandatory ‘alternative state quarantine’ in place.
Next intake for Thailand:
- October 26
Vietnam’s borders currently remain closed to foreign visitors. We are expecting that throughout July, further updates will be given and that Vietnam will gradually start to open its borders to a wider group of international travelers. This may start with business visa holders first, with those traveling for tourism being allowed in later.
Next intake for Vietnam:
- October 12
Cases remain very low and things are definitely starting to open up inside Myanmar. Schools are supposed to open at the beginning of August but there is no definitive news yet. We are waiting to hear when borders will reopen. As soon as they do, we will work closely with placement participants to assist them in traveling to start their teaching jobs.
Next intake for Myanmar:
- January 18, 2021
Teachers can now travel to Korea and we are in the process of placing teachers now and once they have their placements and visas, they can fly and we can support them in the country. Most private schools are open and operating and public schools have started going back at intervals over the past few weeks. Korean immigration authorities open and processing visas so teachers who are able to complete their visa documentation are able to apply for their visa and come over to South Korea to start teaching (after the mandatory 14-day quarantine) either at their residence or at a government-designated facility.
Next intake for South Korea:
- October 26
Costa Rica has around 1000 cases of COVID-19. It has been praised for its handling of the pandemic and many of its regional neighbors have fared far worse. The country is currently closed to international travelers. Due to this, things have been relatively contained and there have been low numbers of new cases.
Next intake for Costa Rica:
- November 23
The team at XploreAsia is excited to begin welcoming new teachers, as well as existing alumni back to their placements! We will continue to update and monitor the situation, ensuring that we provide the most up-to-date information, clear processes, and guidance to enable your life-changing experience as a teacher overseas.
If you have any questions about our programs or program countries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!