Is it safe to teach in China in 2022?
Chinese culture is intriguing. World Heritage Sites: It has the second greatest number in the world. There's so much to see and do, the possibilities for travel are almost limitless. It's a huge and varied area with a rich cultural heritage and a wide range of customs. Even if you just stay in China to work as an English teacher for a year, you'll have the opportunity to see and do a great deal while making lifelong experiences.
For those of us who haven't been living under a rock, COVID-19 has had a profound effect on our everyday routines.
Countries throughout the world have either slammed their borders shut, or at the very least made it very difficult to enter.
Unless you're a Chinese citizen, getting into the country is a major hassle right now.
You're already in China, aren't you? You're in for a treat!
Teachers' lives in China have mostly returned to pre-pandemic levels. The majority of the outbreaks have been controlled.
Face masks aren't required in most areas, and that makes things even better. It's almost as if the infection doesn't exist.
It may take a while before you can return to China if you are already in China and are thinking about returning home after your contract finishes.
Think about teaching in China if you're interested in doing so.
Teaching in China in 2022 isn't that simple for the rest of us.
New instructors cannot now be welcomed to China for health and safety concerns unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
Additional entrance restrictions, including as the COVID-19 medical exam and a hotel quarantine, are also required for the few travelers who have succeeded to enter China.
Hold on to your hat and be patient a little while longer, then.
A way out is on the horizon, but it will very certainly include vaccination.
Are there any concerns about teaching in China beyond 2022?
When outbreaks continue to occur over the globe and the virus's nature continues to alter, we are all highly dependent on the vaccine's roll-out.
For nations like China, it's hard to forecast how they'll handle border controls and quarantine procedures.
In my opinion, nations will demand vaccination certificates to enable you to enter, if I'm being honest.
A similar system for yellow fever vaccinations is in place for traveling to sub-Saharan Africa or tropical South America.
Traveling to or through an area where yellow fever is an issue necessitates an evidence of yellow fever vaccination (a certificate in your passport). Vaccination documentation may also be required upon return from a foreign trip.
The coronavirus vaccine is anticipated to follow in the footsteps of this strategy.
Passengers on Qantas flights will have to provide proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the future.
Normality should return to international teaching and travel when governments and airlines have worked out the kinks in their immunization policies.
When that occurs, teaching in China will be just as safe as it has always been.
I'm crossing my fingers that everything will be back to normal in time for the start of Semester 1, in September. We all learned this the hard way in 2020, when everything changed in a split second.