N.B this information is correct at the time of writing (11th January 2022), we will try to keep this document updated with the most relevant and up to date details. Any significant changes will be circulated to volunteers.

The spread of Covid is a worldwide concern. The safety of our volunteers and the communities where our volunteer projects are based is our top priority, and so we have created this guide with resources for anyone considering volunteering abroad with our organisation to minimise health risks and make an informed decision about their travel.

The WHO (World Health Organisation) provides updates on the virus, which can be found on their website here along with a global dashboard here.

For British travellers, check the FCO for updates on travel. Please note that the UK is no longer an EU country from 1st January 2021. Arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK (plus 14 days), under 18s, or those on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial, returning to England from any non-red list country will no longer need to quarantine. You will need to take a LFT by end of day 2 (this needs to be booked in advance).Passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel.

Country Status 

Both Romania and Serbia are accepting tourists again.

We are continuing to actively monitor the situation together with our local partners and provide advice to volunteers. If you are currently booked on a volunteer trip or are planning to join a trip, please contact us for the latest advice. As the situation is rapidly changing and travel restrictions vary between countries. You can also find more information about entry requirements on the government travel site applicable to your country.

Our procedure

The trips will be in line with any current government guidelines in the UK and/or in the country destination. The safety of our beneficiaries, staff and volunteers is paramount and therefore the following procedures apply:

  • All volunteers to receive and complete a wellness form 48 hours prior to travel, to confirm fitness to travel.
  • We require all volunteers to be fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) to take part in our trips. Proof will be required at time of applying.
  • All volunteers to wear masks when requested (this could be officially and/or at the discretion of your co-ordinator).
  • If you are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR/antigen tests) for travel purposes, this is the responsibility of the volunteer to obtain and to cover the costs (currently Romania requires all travellers to present a negative PCR test and Serbia does not require any further tests).
  • You may also be required to show proof of a negative lateral flow test taken before and during the trip as instructed by your co-ordinator. At the time of writing, these are provided free of charge by the NHS. B - this is different to the LFT you are currently requested to take upon return to the UK and needs to be booked and paid for.
  • You may be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form up to 48 hours before arrival, this is the responsibility of the volunteer to complete.
  • In the unlikely event you have to quarantine on return from Romania and/or Serbia, this will be at the expense of the volunteer.
  • Most airlines will offer a refund or a travel voucher when flights are cancelled by the airline or forced to be cancelled by restrictions imposed by the government. Therefore we require you to pay in full for the flights prior to booking (approx. £250) and if the above happens you will receive the refund or voucher to use personally. This will ensure the charity does not incur a loss which will affect our vital hospice services.
  • If the trip is not able to go ahead due to restrictions imposed by the UK and/or country destination government, your place can be transferred for up to 2 years. Please see our volunteer agreement for our full refund policy.

General Tips

We also have some general tips for people travelling (and at home) to keep vigilant;

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and carry a hand sanitiser
  • On flights, open your air vent to blow away stale air. It is usually also a requirement to wear a mask depending on the airline.
  • Stay home (self-isolate) if you are sick or if you display any flu-like symptoms after travelling
  • Wear a face mask on public transport
  • Carry disinfectant wipes to wipe down surfaces, such as plane trays, armrests and handles

Please note! This advice is all given as a general guide, and because medical and travel recommendations differ from country to country and personal circumstances, we recommend you consult relevant WHO or CDC advice as well.