Independent travel (travel without the host family and/or and AFS-USA Volunteer) is not permitted. Similarly, visits from family members and friends are not permitted.
International travel with the host family is also not permitted, as AFS-USA cannot guarantee that the hosted participant would be permitted to re-enter the US.
School trips organized by a participant’s host school are considered part of the school program and are permitted so long as trip-related forms/waivers that require sending parent signatures are obtained (these can be obtained directly from the participant’s parents by the participant and/or host family).
As in previous years, an AFS-USA travel waiver is not required for school trips.
If any changes to these policies are made, announcements will be made via MyAFS News.
AFS-USA will not offer Belo Tours for the 2021-22 school year. Belo Tours are optional independent travel tourism trips that incur an additional cost to participant/parent. These trips are facilitated by Belo Tours, a travel tour agency with whom AFS-USA has partnered for many years.