Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from CHI

Last Updated: March 18, 2020
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Given the active and changing situation of the COVID-19 outbreak, CHI is continually monitoring, assessing and making programmatic decisions based on government advisories as well as local, national and international health authorities’ guidance. Pulling from CHI’s 40 years of experience as a leader in international exchange programs, and based on our tradition to always put safety first, we are advising our upcoming Summer 2020 participants, as well as those who are scheduled to join any of CHI’s programs in 2020, to plan accordingly for their arrival in the USA. At the same time, we encourage you to stay informed on updated recommendations from health officials and plan for flexibility relative to changing travel restrictions.

With your health and safety always at the top of our mind, CHI remains firmly committed to offer you an excellent exchange program experience. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, there is a temporary pause in exchange programs already in effect. However, CHI continues to prepare for your future arrival in the US, operating daily and planning ahead in optimal force for our Summer 2020 programs and beyond, with anticipated arrivals after May 16, 2020.

The good news is that while there are temporary disruptions in many parts of the world affecting visa interview scheduling, US embassies remain fully committed to resume normal operations as soon as possible. To reiterate, CHI has not suspended any of our cultural exchange programming.

With the ever changing challenges, this uncharted territory will present to us the need to be flexible and adjust accordingly.  As a partnership, CHI is here for you.

The health, safety and well-being of CHI’s participants, hosts, staff and stakeholders is paramount and is at the forefront when making decisions related to the administration of our programs.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created uncertainty and anxiety among the general public and the global cultural exchange community. CHI understands the disruption that the outbreak has caused in specific countries and that individual travel plans may be affected due to travel restrictions, government and global health official guidance, as well as personal decisions concerning international travel.

While engaging and participating in cultural exchange programming demonstrates a commitment to travel and global connections, CHI’s priority is to ensure everyone’s safety and will handle individual inquiries related to the outbreak with the utmost respect and care. Please contact us if your scheduled or current program has been affected, and you require assistance.

We are closely monitoring developments and communicating with those government agencies involved in the administration of our programs, including our partner associates and host communities within the US and around the world.

As this outbreak is a fluid situation, we are encouraging everyone to stay informed about:
Please check back regularly for updates.

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