As we approach the beginning of the spring semester, API is monitoring the recent news about the Omicron variant. As we have throughout the pandemic, we continue to work closely with our on-site staff to monitor local conditions and entry protocol, and we will notify students and our partners should any circumstances arise that may directly impact student travel for Winter/Spring 2022 programs. API policy requires all students to be vaccinated against Covid-19 (unless students are granted medical or religious exemptions), and we strongly advise all students to get the booster shot prior to departure. Students who will be studying abroad in a country that requires a booster shot to extend the validity of their vaccination will be advised of this requirement, and we strongly advise all participants to get the booster shot prior to departure regardless of the host country requirements. As always, please do not hesitate to contact the API office with any questions or concerns you may have.