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    Yesterday, the Chinese embassy announced:

    “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in the UK holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement.”

    (This implies also that they are not easily giving out new visas at the moment..)
    Up to this point it has been the UK that was moving forward.  US Teachers have slowly been able to process their document for the work permit, and Canadian Embassies seem to say that as long as teachers can get the work permit invitation letter, then they are able to go but expect a quarantine and getting tested within three days of getting on the flight.
    We feel that with patience it is best that teachers start to prepare their paperwork and get ready for when the travel/visa restrictions are lifted.

    How is China Now?

    When comparing China to most other countries, China seems to be safer.

    The teachers currently have to wear masks when they go outside. Most have to get their temperature taken when they leave their apartment complex, enter any public building and when they arrive at their school.

    Inside the classroom, we have stopped things like high-fives and there is more hand washing, etc. (like most schools in the world now)

    Each school/area has their own rules, but at this time teachers are not needing to teach all day with a mask on and most have said that things are basically back to normal at their schools.

    Life seems to be almost back to normal (like before Covid) inside China.


    Arriving in China 

    First teachers in the hiring process should understand that it will take some time to prepare and the policies keep changing, so it hard to say what exactly it will be like when you arrive.

    Currently China is requiring a Covid19 test results received within 3 days of taking your flight to be shown before they will allow you to take the flight.

    There is a chance of quarantine, like everywhere. We are hoping that in the time it takes teachers to prepare their work permit documents and get their visa there will not be outbreaks and restrictions will be lowered.


    What if there is an outbreak?

    When the big outbreak happened before, schools in China were closed for around 5 months.  The majority of our teachers stayed.  Some work was still available and the basic living expenses were covered while teachers were not able to work.

    Looking forward, it is hard to say exactly what we would do in any given situation. Every country and business cannot promise everything will be perfect regardless of the direction Covid takes.  What we can promise is that MEF will try our best and keep good communication like we are known for.

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