July 2021– UPDATED   

The pandemic has had a massive impact on all our lives. One of the first huge changes to life as we knew it was our borders closing to international travel. Whilst we’ve all been riding out this crazy storm in our homes, overseas travel seems a distant memory.  

After making it through 2020, only to find we are still in a pandemic, it’s not surprising we are itching for adventure. While we continue to explore our own backyard, it’s a great time to think about what might come next. Here at anzuk education we are speaking with plenty of educators about their overseas ambitions. 

Perhaps surprisingly, there are still options to relocate overseas right now. That’s not to say relocation is the best option for everyone though. Moving overseas is a big decision at the best of times and there are certainly additional factors to consider at this current time.  

Below are the latest updates in terms of travelling and moving overseas to work by country:  

The UK

New The UK does not currently have their borders closed and Commonwealth citizens can still apply for visas. Anyone with existing visa rights could be eligible to alter their arrival dates at no extra cost.

When applying for a working visa for the UK you must attend an appointment in person at a Visa Processing centre local to you. Some of these visa centres around the world have been closed at time due to local Covid restrictions, but most have now reopened.

Travellers departing Australia & arriving in the UK need to apply for a travel exemption from the Australian Government, which anzuk can directly support in obtaining.

The UK Government currently has in place red, amber and green country list rules for entering England. This list of countries is subject to change & the requirements/restrictions upon entry may also be subject to change.

It is important to be aware of your travel plans & understanding what the current rating is of the countries you are travelling from &/or through before arriving in the UK, as there are vast differences in the restrictions in place upon arrival for the different ratings.

Restrictions in the UK around socialising, gatherings and travel overseas and within the UK are also in place across the UK. Please note that from July 19th, the UK Government has aimed to remove the vast majority of social distancing restrictions & changes may occur to international travel requirements.

Currently, schools have remained open for the summer term, despite other restrictions being imposed across the UK, operating with covid-19 safe plans and hygiene strategies in place.

Recently the Australian & UK governments agreed to a free-trade agreement in principle, with potential changes to the Youth Mobility Visa, including the maximum age increasing to 35 & the visa length increasing to 3-years. These changes aren’t currently in effect & the visa restrictions listed below still apply today.

A couple of things to keep in mind regarding the UK:

  • The Youth Mobility Visa is still only accessible if you apply before your 31st birthday & is available for a two-year period.
  • The Skilled Worker Visa has replaced Tier 2 General Work Visa, making the process easier & more streamlined for schools to recruit teachers via sponsorship.
  • Brexit changes have come into place from 31st of December 2020, meaning that moving to the UK to reside as an EU citizen without obtaining a visa is no longer an option.

If you fall into these categories and have an interest in relocating to the UK in the future please get in touch to discuss your options as soon as possible and to ensure you make an informed decision.

Anzuk education’s Visa Support Service can assist you with visa applications for the UK.

Official updates –

GOV.UK – Red, amber and green list rules for entering England.

GOV.UK – (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do

GOV.UK – Entering the UK & border control


The Australian border is currently closed, however there are exceptions. Australian citizens & Permanent Residents, travellers coming from New Zealand and limited visa holders are allowed in the country. If you are a visa holder you must apply for an individual exemption to enter Australia at least two weeks, but no more than two months, before your planned travel.  

Anyone arriving in Australia (except for those coming from NZ) is required to undergo hotel quarantine for 14 days and test negative for COVID-19 in order to freely leave. Flight availability and limits placed on passenger numbers mean that getting into the country is a challenge, even if you are permitted to enter.  

Overseas Educators are not currently on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List meaning that obtaining a visa may not be quick or easy. We are keeping a close eye on this for any changes.   

If you applied and were approved for a Working Holiday Visa before March 2020 OR had to leave Australia to return home before your visa had expired, you may be eligible for a replacement Working Holiday Visa. Please visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/whm-program/latest-news/offshore-nil-vac-whm-applications for more information. 

The Trans-Tasman bubble remains active allowing quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand, this is subject to the current situation and active case numbers, travel to and from certain states or territories are paused as required.  

The Australian border is also closed to Australian citizens wishing to leave; however, you can apply online for an exemption to travel should you have certain supporting documents to compliment your plans to relocate to another country.  

Official updates – https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia   

Online application for exemptions – https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep  

Official advice for travelers – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19 

New Zealand  

The New Zealand border is currently closed to most travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. New Zealand’s citizens and New Zealand residents with valid travel conditions can travel to New Zealand. 

In early July, New Zealand announced a Teacher Border Exception for nearly 300 Educators for the 2022 School Year.  Exceptions are only being given to New Zealand registered teachers with a current practicing certificate from the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. For more information, please see Education Personnel’s latest update. 

Others may be allowed to enter such as those with a critical purpose to travel. Additional restrictions are in place on travel from very high risk countries. 

New Zealand have quarantine-free travel in place with Australia, the Cook Islands and Niue.  

Anyone else arriving in NZ is required to secure a voucher prior to arrival which allocates their place in a managed isolation facility (quarantine).  

There is no ban in place to stop New Zealand citizens from leaving to relocate to another country.  

Official info – https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions   

Official list of quarantine-free travel destinations – https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantine-free-travel/ 

Moving to the USA  

The USA border is closed for all non-essential travel and the E3 Visa which scoot sponsor Australian Educators on is currently unavailable. At the moment we are speaking with Educators considering a Jan 2022 start in LA or San Francisco that meet our eligibility requirements. More US locations will be available to Australian Educators from Aug 2022. 

To find out more, check out the scoot webinar recording (June 30th) – click here 

Official updates – https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/10/19/fact-sheet-dhs-measures-border-limit-further-spread-coronavirus   


There is no ban in place to restrict Canadian citizens from leaving to move to another country. Travel is dependent on restrictions in place to enter other countries; for example – you could move from Canada to the UK, however you may not be able to move from Canada to Australia/New Zealand yet due to certain border restrictions.  

What you can do now…  

There are many different drivers as to why someone may want or need to relocate to another country. You might be looking for something different and an option that you can pursue soon. You may currently be living abroad, needing support with a move back to your home country, or perhaps you’re interested in an overseas adventure once covid-19 has settled. 

Whatever your situation and timeline, wherever you want to go, now is a great time to get in touch and have a chat with the Global Opportunities team. We can support you every step of the way. If your plans are on hold that’s absolutely fine. There is still plenty you can do in the meantime to prepare, connect with other travelling educators, stay in the loop with any important changes and just get pumped for future travels!   

Ask us about our online learning and professional development platform – exceptional.talent – we have loads of courses and other resources to prepare you to teach in another country, plus lots of other great stuff! It’s never too early to register your interest.  


We will get through this and on the other side of Covid, travelling will be even better than ever.  

The Global Opportunities team at anzuk education are here to support you with turning your travel dreams into a reality – whenever the time is right for you. We are still having lots of conversations with Educators planning to move to the UK, Australia, NZ & the USA at some point in the future.  

Living and working in another country is dependent upon Immigration requirements for that country. If you’re unsure of your eligibility get in touch and we can work through it together.