The planned arrival dates for Core (non-ECA Sponsored Program) participants are August 11 and September 9, 2021, unless otherwise agreed by AFS-USA with Sending Partner. August or September arrival dates are determined based on the timing of when the student’s placement is finalized. Students with a confirmed placement by Tuesday, July 27, are expected to arrive in the US during the August 11 travel date, while students whose placement is confirmed after July 28 will arrive in September. Requests to arrive on a date earlier than a participant’s planned/approved arrival date will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will only be considered if it is a requirement from the participant's host school.
ECA Sponsored Program participant arrival dates will follow a similar timeline to past years with students arriving from late July through early September 2021 depending on their program. Information about Sponsored Program participant arrival dates can be found in this article.
International Arrival Requirements for the US (e.g., COVID-19 PCR/Antigenic Test Requirements) will be communicated to participants in advance of their arrival to the US by our AFS Network Partners abroad to help ensure a smooth arrival this fall.