COVID-19 situation updates

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As an international peace organisation, SCI has been working on understanding and reacting to the health emergency created by the spread of the COVID-19 virus since the beginning, as the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers is our priority and our branches’ and partners’ work has already been affected to varying degrees.

On the 12th of March, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. This has a direct effect on SCI’s work and activities and it is our priority to keep you informed on changes as they happen.

We would like to gather here the information that we have from the ground, and communicate what action we are taking to do our part in this challenging moment.


Given the current situation, SCI has made the temporary decision to suspend all placements until 30 April 2020.

Read SCI International's Statement on measures related to COVID-19 Pandemic (20 March 2020)

Read SCI International’s Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic (16 March 2020)


Useful links

  1. Global situation report from WHO. Click here
  2. WHO’s advice for the public (Infographic and Video). Click here
  3. A handbook about COVID-19 virus and how to prevent it. Click here
  4. Update on border control around the world. Click here.


General advice for travelling to our projects

SCI has decided to suspend placement to our workcamps, effective from 21st March until 30th April 2020. This decision was not taken lightly and was the result of the uncertainty of what will happen in the future and of the belief that it is also our responsibility to support the measures suggested by experts, and that many countries put in place, asking citizens to stay indoors and practice social distancing. We will keep discussing necessary measures as the situation evolves.

We ask the volunteers who have already been accepted to a project to wait to buy any travel tickets or to buy a personal travel insurance which covers cancellation, and to keep informed on the recommendations by the health authorities of your Country and the Country where your project takes place, as restrictions may apply. You can still have a look at the projects on our search engine and we invite you to get in touch with your sending organisation for more information. You can find you sending organisation here.


Information from organisations


SCI Germany official statement in German and English.


Due to the current situation, our partner IIWC of PKBI has to cancel the workcamps taking place before July 2020. They still accept volunteers for the work camps starting on/after July 2020


SCI Italy official statement 


SCI Catalunya official statement (in Catalan)


Country information

Albania: Ministry of health and social protection

Australia: Department of health

Austria: Ministry of Health

Belarus: Ministry of Health

Belgium: Official dedicated website

Bulgaria: Ministry of Health website

Croatia: Ministry of Health

Finland: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

France: Ministry for Solidarity and Health

Germany: Federal Ministry of Health

Greece: Ministry of Health

Iceland: Ministry of Health

Hong Kong (China)Official dedicated website

IndiaMinistry of Health

IndonesiaMinistry of Health

IrelandDepartment of health

ItalyMinistry of Health

JapanMinistry of Health, Labour and Welfare

KosovoOfficial dedicated website

MauritiusMinistry of Health and Wellness

MoldovaMinistry of Health, Labour and Social Protection

Nepal: Ministry of Home Affairs

NetherlandsMinistry of Health, Welfare and Sport

NigeriaFederal Ministry of Health

North MacedoniaMinistry of Health

NorwayMinistry of Health and Care Services

PolandMinistry of Health


RomaniaMinistry of Health

SpainMinistry of Health

SloveniaMinistry of Health

South KoreaMinistry of Health

Sri LankaWHO Sri Lanka

SwedenMinistry of Health and Social Affairs

SwitzerlandFederal Department of Home Affairs

United States of AmericaCenters for Disease Control and Prevention


Coronavirus: here we are using the widespread term Coronavirus to indicate what the WHO informally calls COVID-19 virus, whose scientific name is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

COVID-19: the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is responsible for the development of the disease called coronavirus disease (COVID-19)


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