We're taking steps to ensure peace of mind.
In a short period of time, so much has changed about our lives—how we work, how we communicate, how we move around our communities, and how we think about the world. The past few months have been different—and difficult—for every single one of us.
In March, we led the industry in rapidly bringing all our travelers home. We went above and beyond federal, state, and international guidelines to get students out of harm’s way. We have been closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation around the world. As we prepare for our upcoming programs, our foremost goal is to provide you a meaningful experience while exploring the world as safely as possible on an EF Gap Year program. However, given the evolving situation, we have put policies into place to provide flexibility and give you peace of mind in planning your upcoming gap program.
Due to the continued severity of the global pandemic, the ability for Americans to safely and responsibly travel abroad, the EF Gap Year team made the difficult decision to cancel our Gap Year 2020-2021 and Spring Semester 2021 programs. However, our Spring Costa Rica Immersion is still set to depart on April 9, 2021. Costa Rica is welcoming travelers again. In fact, EF had several groups travel to Costa Rica over the New Year holiday who were warmly welcomed by restaurants, hotels and communities and the groups had an amazing time. We’re still monitoring that situation daily and will need to feel confident that Americans can travel there safely and responsibly.
We have extended our Risk-Free Cancellation period, giving travelers the option to cancel anytime through February 1, 2021. For cancellations made prior to February 1, the Total Program Fee and the Global Travel Protection Plan will be fully refunded.
Non-refundable fees include declined credit/debit card fees, late payment fees, returned check fees, and stop payment fees. If you choose to cancel your participation after the risk-free cancellation period, our Standard Cancellation policies apply.
Please view our Interruption Policy as noted in EF Gap Year’s Terms and Conditions.
For spring 2021, we are excited to offer you a Costa Rica “Fill the Gap” immersion program. This gap program is closer to home, features one destination, a later departure date, and a shorter duration; but retains the combined service, language, and leadership components for which EF Gap programs are known. You can also earn college credits! Bookings for this program may be cancelled by February 1, 2021 for a refund of the Total Program Fee and the Global Travel Protection Plan. If you choose to cancel your participation after the Risk-Free Cancellation period, our Standard Cancellation policies apply. In addition, you have the option to purchase added protection via EF Gap Year’s Global Travel Protection Plan Plus for an additional fee which allows you to cancel your enrollment up to 24 hours before departure and receive a refund of the Total Program Fee (minus the $129 Application Fee). Non-refundable fees also include declined credit/debit card fees, late payment fees, returned check fees, stop payment fees, Global Travel Protection Plan or Global Travel Protection Plan Plus.
Provided to all travelers
If a traveler is either diagnosed with COVID-19 while on tour or required to quarantine on account of COVID-19 while on program, EF will provide or arrange for the following, consistent with local requirements, at no additional expense to the traveler throughout the duration of any on-tour quarantine period:
Your health and safety remain our top priority. As the global situation continues to evolve and we get closer to departure, guidelines will be updated to reflect any on-the-ground realities of your chosen destinations, so we encourage you to check back often.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We’re here to help.