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  • Writer's pictureAbby Fowler

Updated COVID-19 Protocols, Effective April 2023

It has only been 9 months since our return to in-person programming, and we are so thankful for your continued support during these uncertain times. As COVID-19 continues to impact us all, it is important to us that our community stays up-to-date with our policies and protocols.

At the beginning of April, several changes to COVID-19 protocols for International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegations went into effect. Here are the major changes that will occur under these new guidelines:

  • Masking will be encouraged but no longer required at all times, unless required by the resource or institution our visitors are meeting.

  • Medically-administrated testing will be replaced by at-home rapid antigen tests. Participants will test upon their arrival in the US and again at least once in each city of their program. Participants will also test if they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed.

  • If a participant tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine in their hotel room for five full days, per CDC guidelines. After that period, if the person has been fever-free for 24 hours and has improving symptoms, they may now travel and/or rejoin the group on Day 6. However, this person must wear a well-fitting mask through Day 10.

All visitors will continue to be fully vaccinated prior to their arrival in the United States.

We encourage our volunteers to continue wearing masks at their own discretion. We also understand that people may have varying comfort levels when it comes to interacting with delegations under these new guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. We are committed to helping you find volunteer opportunities that fit your comfort level.

Thank you for helping us connect the world and the heartland!


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