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Covid-19 Updates

Updated September 27, 2021


We are closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and assessing travel along with our risk management team and local partners. All program itineraries are subject to change based on current conditions.

Risk management is central to Shoulder-to-Shoulder programming and while travel restrictions continue to evolve we have developed the following guidelines to evaluate program safety this summer. 

Standards for all travel-based programming

  • All members of a group are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the safety of our students, staff, and community partners. Participants will need to provide proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • SStS is welcomed by NGO partners and deemed no risk to their communities
  • There are no travel restrictions to the destination country or for returning to the U.S.


Given the uncertainty around travel related to the COVID-19, we are modifying our deposit policy for Summer 2022. We will not be asking for deposits until January 1, 2022. To read more click here.

For the latest program-specific updates related to COVID-19 and travel please see below:

Bolivia-Certified negative PCR test required for entry. Minors under 18 may only travel with a parent or legal guardian. Please note, this second requirement would need to change to allow us to travel to Bolivia. 

Costa Rica– No COVID-19 test is required for entry. Effective August 1, Costa Rica will allow entry without travel insurance to minors under 18 years of age and adult tourists fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

KenyaAll passengers arriving in or transiting through Kenya must have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate for a test conducted within 96 hours prior to arrival to Kenya. All passengers are required to apply and obtain an e-visa before boarding an inbound aircraft to Kenya.

Nepal-Effective September 24, all fully vaccinated foreigners arriving in Nepal via immigration office at the airport or the land border can receive an on-arrival visa. In addition, a negative PCR test for COVID-19 is required.

Panama-Non-vaccinated travelers will have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry.

Peru– Travelers must present proof of vaccination or a molecular test (within 72 hours) with a negative result prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.


Please be encouraged to email/call with thoughts and/or questions. In the meantime, please call up your highest level of caution and perseverance; the world awaits SStS to re-enter.  



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