Travel Alert: Arrival of incoming students from non-EU / EEA countries currently at risk
This morning, our Admissions Officer has informed incoming students from non-EU / EEA countries and their parents / guardians about the difficult and disappointing news on the current situation as regards to visas and entry to Germany. Under the existing Corona travel restrictions, 50 of our incoming students currently cannot enter Germany, regardless of whether they have a visa already or whether they do not require to have a visa to enter Germany in the first place. (NOTE: all second-year students can enter Germany). This update is related to the fact that, while there are exceptions made to the entry restrictions to Germany for “university students”, this does not apply to “high school students”. This issue came up at some embassies after July 1. Since then, the College has attempted to get clarification from German authorities on this and we are actively lobbying for an inclusion of our high school students into the list of exceptions. So far, these attempts have not been successful; while we are told that there may be updates to the policy, there is not timeline for this. We reach out in empathy with all students in such uncertain circumstances, hoping that a way forward can be found for them to embark on their UWC journey, either at RBC or at another UWC.
For additional information on the options students now have, please refer to Hubertus Zander’s email to the affected students from July 17th. We will keep you informed about further news and developments.