Coronavirus - questions raised by Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps participants

The information below sets out answers to the most common questions posed by individual participants.

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If you are back home but a) you still have expenses directly and exclusively linked to your stay in the destination country, like rent and electricity and/or b) you are taking part in virtual learning or other virtual activities (if the institution/ organisation in the destination country has made those available, as an alternative to the originally planned activities) then yes, you can keep your grant.

In addition, you may be able to obtain a refund of additional travel costs you may have incurred. You should check with your institution / supporting organisation (subject to availability of additional EU funds at disposal of the organisation for your activity).

If you do not continue to have expenses in the destination country then you might have to pay back the portion of the grant, covering the period between the date you terminated your mobility experience and its planned end date.

If you remain in the destination country and a) you still have expenses directly and exclusively linked to your stay in that country, like rent and electricity and/or b) you are taking part in virtual learning activities (if the institution in the destination country has made those available as an alternative to the originally planned activities) then yes, you can keep your grant.

In addition, you may be able to receive an additional grant to cover the extra period of time, beyond what you had initially planned, that you had to stay abroad due to the Covid-19 outbreak. You should check with your institution (subject to availability of additional EU funds at disposal of the organisation for your activity).

If you stay in the destination country and a) you still have expenses directly and exclusively linked to your stay in that country and/ or b) you are taking part in virtual activities (if the host organisation has provided online alternative to the originally planned activities) then yes, you can keep your grant.

Similarly, in the above cases, the organisation may also get the grant to cover other costs linked to your stay.

If you have paid travel expenses linked to the planned mobility, such as a flight ticket that you never used and that could not be refunded, you can receive the grant for travel costs, whenever the funding rules of the action envisage a financial support for travel. If the action does not envisage this, you are entitled to keep or receive the part of the pre-financing that corresponds to the costs incurred. You may also be able to obtain a refund of costs for the reservation of accommodation. You should check with your institution/ supporting organisation (subject to availability of additional EU funds at disposal of the organisation for your activity).

Check with your home institution/ supporting organisation, but in principle, the National Agency of your home institution/ supporting organisation will accept to prolong an Erasmus+ project (which might include periods of mobility abroad for multiple participants) or a European Solidarity Corps project by up to 12 months.

Check with your supporting organisation but in principle, this could be counted as a temporary interruption of the activity and you should be able to continue your activity afterwards.

Recent higher education or VET graduates who need to postpone their planned placements abroad will be allowed to take them up within 18 months of their graduation, instead of the normal 12-month timeframe.

Yes, Erasmus+ mobility activities will continue in the second half of 2020.

Institutions and supporting organisations are encouraged, when possible, to offer the possibility of blended mobility to participants. In such case, your mobility would start with a period of virtual learning and / or activities, and would continue with a period of physical mobility abroad if and when the situation allows for it.

Check with your home institution / supporting organisation for more details.

Blended mobility would start with a period of virtual learning and/ or activities, and would continue with a period of physical mobility abroad if and when the situation allows for it.

You will not receive a grant during the period of virtual learning/ activities in your country of residence as you should be able to pursue those activities without additional costs.

Once the physical mobility period starts in the host country, you will get the regular grant for the period abroad.

There is an exception to the travel restrictions for third-country students starting or continuing their studies in the EU + Schengen associated countries (26 out of the 27 EU Member States as well as the four Schengen Associated countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Ireland does not currently apply the travel restriction). You may find more information on this webpage.

Please note that the above exception is based on a legally not binding recommendation of the Council and that national authorities can take appropriate public health measures, such as a requirement to undergo self-isolation or similar upon entry from a third country for which the temporary travel restriction is maintained. Therefore, national legislation, current travel advice and other potential checks and controls in each host country are decisive.

We would thus advise you to check the policy in place in the country of destination before travelling. Detailed info can also be found at: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/.

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