Covid-19 Travel Advisory

SEE TEFL is committed to the health and safety of every one of our trainees, trainers and auxiliary staff. We fully understand why our current and prospective trainees are concerned about the current Covid-19 situation. We are doing our best to stay informed on this developing situation and advise our students accordingly.

We are a non-formal school. As of March 30th, all our 4-week TEFL and Internship programs are running as scheduled according to the directives of the Thai Ministry of Education (MoE). The MoE announced two weeks ago that all Thai schools will partially close until the end of April. This means that students cannot attend school campuses but administration staff can attend in order to facilitate on-line teaching platforms for their students.

Our current course is running using an online training App. Training and Teaching Practices will be conducted via the internet; trainees will be observed and will receive feedback from their observer via an online teaching App. Trainees will receive their certificates on the last day of training. All trainees are also offered the option of repeating all, or some, of their 6 observed teaching practices at formal schools for no additional charge when this situation returns to normal.

We will deliver your program according to the current Ministry of Education's (MoE) directive even if there is only 1 trainee participating.

We are endeavoring to monitor the situation closely and we encourage all of our students to do the same.

We are planning to run our April 20th and May 18th programs according to the following scenarios:

1. If schools are open

The program runs as normal at our school.

2. If schools are closed and you are in Chiang Mai/Thailand

We will run the program via an online platform. There will be a live internet feed from the training room; trainees will attend training online but in real-time. Trainees can be located in their room. They can see and hear the trainer working through the materials at the whiteboard. They can ask questions. Handouts will be sent to them.

Observed teaching practices will take place via the internet. Classes will be prepared as normal under the supervision of a trainer via the internet. The teaching practices will take place at a remote location. Classes will be observed and trainees will receive feedback by a trainer/observer via the internet. You'll teach your student/students via a laptop.

You can, if you wish, join any future course to repeat the observed teaching practices at local schools.

3. You cannot leave your home country

We will deliver the program as described in 2.

However, as you may be in a different time zone and attending training in real time isn't possible; we'll record all the training inputs and forward to you on a daily basis.

Teaching practices will be delivered via your laptop. They will be recorded and forwarded to our observers for feedback.

You can, if you wish, join any future course to repeat the observed teaching practices at local schools.

Monitoring the situation:

The Thai Ministry of Public Health is the source for information regarding foreigners entering Thailand at this current time. Link here:

https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php

Normal (non covid-19) Visa Options:
If you arrive 14 days before the training starts, you may be worried about your visa or visa exemption expiring before you complete training and find employment. If you obtain a 30-day visa exemption on arrival, you can extend this for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. If you obtain a 60-day tourist visa from a Thai embassy or consulate (personal and postal applications are usually available) before you depart for Thailand, you can also extend this for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. We will guide you.

If you need more days, you can cross the border with Myanmar at Mae Sai, return an hour later after visiting the market on the other side of the border and you’ll receive a first or second 30-day visa exemption. You don’t need to apply for a visa for Myanmar to do this. You can extend this exemption for 30 days as well. The trip to Mae Sai from Chiang Mai takes 4-5 hours by bus. Most people complete the round trip in one day.

Alternatively, you can obtain a first or second 60-day tourist visa by visiting a Thai embassy or consulate in a neighbouring country. This tourist visa can also be extended for a further 30 days in Chiang Mai. The Thai embassy in Vientiane, Laos is most people’s preferred choice from Chiang Mai. You can travel overland or fly there. Myanmar and Laos are currently not on any list so there are no restrictions travelling to and from these countries.

Keeping up with Current Visa and Travel news:

This Facebook Page is a good source for current visa options. Link here:

  • Thai Visa Advice
  • This Facebook Page is a good source for current travel news. Link here:

  • Richard Barrow in Thailand
  • This Facebook Page is a good source for Thai Government News. Link here:

  • Thai Government Public Relations
  • If you have questions, please fill in the form on our Contact page or send an email to ‘[email protected]‘.