Verto Education aligns its COVID-19 vaccination policy to comply with local laws.

As such, the following Verto abroad locations do not require vaccination against COVID-19:

The below Verto abroad locations require all participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Participants must provide Verto proof of their CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination. Participants must also meet the criteria for being considered ‘fully vaccinated’ as recognized by the governing authorities in the following abroad locations:

Additional Information:
Verto’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement is a direct reflection of the government-enforced COVID-19 travel requirements, restrictions, and protocols present in our abroad locations. In the abroad locations listed above as requiring a ‘fully vaccinated’ status, the local government mandates prohibit unvaccinated individuals from accessing campus locations, non-essential businesses, and/or various forms of public transportation. Unvaccinated travelers face the ongoing risk of mandatory quarantine periods – that can be based on close contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases. In these listed countries, the landscape of the limitations for unvaccinated individuals undermines Verto’s ability to support and accommodate unvaccinated participants in our abroad locations at this time.

COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Expiration Dates’ and Booster Shots

Verto’s COVID-19 vaccination policies reflect country-specific COVID-19 travel restrictions and requirements present in our abroad locations. These include COVID-19 travel entry requirements, as well as in-country travel restrictions and quarantine protocols. Verto’s vaccination policy requirements also reflect country-specific details or criteria regarding recognition of ‘fully vaccinated’ status for our participants. 

At this stage of the global COVID-19 pandemic, rigorous vaccine mandates impacting international travelers are a prevailing trend. Social mobility restrictions and quarantine protocols for unvaccinated travelers are prevalent across some of Verto’s host countries, with conditions and criteria which change rapidly in response to both new variants and local case counts. 

Each Verto host country government has specific details and criteria related to their countries’ recognition of ‘fully vaccinated’ residents and travelers, and many international countries only recognize travelers as ‘fully vaccinated’ through their demonstration of official, up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations (i.e. ‘final vaccine shot’ or ‘booster shot’ less than 9 months old). If required given your abroad destination of choice, Verto participant travelers are responsible for ensuring their COVID-19 vaccinations are current, and participants whose initial COVID-19 vaccinations are more than 9-months old are required to seek a booster shot before they depart for their programs, in order to remain considered ‘fully vaccinated’ for the duration of their study abroad experience.

What does this mean for Verto participants?

If COVID-19 vaccinations (and ‘fully-vaccinated’ status) – are required given your abroad location of choice, Verto participants must ensure they complete the following steps:

  1. Upload *ALL* required COVID-19 vaccination documentation into the Verto Participant Portal (including booster shot information, if required)
  2. Verify that the submitted date(s) of all your vaccinations (including booster shot) are accurate
  3. Secure your CDC ‘white card’ and other ‘proof-of-vaccination’ documents in a safe place alongside your Passport and required travel documents
  4. Confirm with your Onboarding Advisors that your vaccinations meet both international air travel requirements and program host country requirements.