Given the current situation in Europe and the rest of the world, from AU PAIR IN SPAIN we would like to give you an update on how is COVID 19 affecting our normal operations and how we are addressing the issues, concerns and fears.
Current situation in Spain:
The Spanish authorities have put in place a series of extraordinary measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to help reduce the spread of the virus:
On March 11th Spanish government decided to close all educational centres, including nurseries, schools and universities for 15 days or until further notice.
Temporary closure of public sports centres, theaters and day care centres for the elderly due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
National museums in Madrid (Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza) are closed until further notice. Some local festivals such as Las Fallas in Valencia, Holly Week in Seville and sporting events have been postponed.
On March 14th Spanish Government declared national emergency for 2 weeks as well and also commercial establishments will remain closed to public for 2 weeks, excepting supermarkets and pharmacies.
The Spanish government has suspended all incoming flights from Italy until March 25th.
Government predictions: around Mid April they expect the situation “normalizes”.
What We Are Doing:
We are spending a lot of time and effort attending many questions and concerns from au pairs and families. Unfortunately we do not have all answers but we addressed them to guidance from Spanish Government and authorities and we also developed some recommendations for au pairs and host families attending to common sense, solidarity and responsibility. Read blog post
The health and safety of our au pairs and host families is a priority. We are monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak closely and we are following local authority websites and monitoring all the likely sources of information and the media in order to inform properly and to be able to provide answers to our au pairs and families in the most responsible way. We are also seeking advice from our legal team and insurance providers. We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.
Our programs still continue to operate as usual but we are taking extra precautions and giving applicants the recommendations below.
Our AU PAIR IN SPAIN program:
We are continuing receiving au pair and family applications and closing matches for the summer starting in May/June and for academic year starting in September. In case of travel bans, airport closures or quarantine due to coronavirus, etc…. we will assist au pairs and host families to find an alternative arrival date together, and in case this is not possible we will find a new match for the au pair as we have many families available as usual. Our host families continue searching for June – September start dates in very high numbers so the situation has not affected the demand for applicants. We are also offering more flexible cancelation policies in order to maintain demand.
According to predictions of Government we all expect things will be «normal» by mid April. We hope that the situation will improve with the upcoming spring and summer weather.
Recommendations for applicants that want to be an Au Pair in Spain:
- Au pairs who are scheduled to arrive will be asked not to travel if they are sick or feeling unwell prior to traveling to Spain.
- Au pairs need to check travel advice pages from their local Government before traveling to Spain.
- We recommend they arrange cancelation insurance when booking their flight. From our research, many airlines do now also offer more flexible flight change policies.
- We recommend they check travel insurance implications with travel insurance providers to make sure they will get medical coverage in Spain during their stay, specially when they do not have the European Health Insurance card.
More information will be shared when available. Best wishes.
Links of Interest:
Site of MINISTRY OF HEALTH IN SPAIN