Coronavirus update

Implications of the Coronavirus on the IPA

The entire world has been affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,  and many countries and governments across the world are enforcing strict measures and regulations in order to moderate the spread of the virus. This has led to lockdowns, national borders being closed, bans on travelling, gatherings being prohibited, and much more, across the world.

Unfortunately, due to the above, some of our upcoming events in the IPA have been either postponed or cancelled, and a few of our IPA houses have been temporarily closed. We expect the number of cancelled events to rise in the near future, and this page will be updated on a regular basis with a list of cancelled events and closed houses.

Cancelled/postponed events:

IPA UK - Street Gangs to Organised Crime Seminars (21+22 April 2020 - CANCELLED), Caravan & Camping Group's Rally (22-28 April 2020 - CANCELLED), Lincolnshire Friendship Weekend (5-8 June 2020 - CANCELLED), 2020 British Isles Cruise (7-19 June 2020 - CANCELLED)

IPA Japan - Friendship Week (7-14 April 2020 - POSTPONED TO MARCH 2021)

IPA Germany - IPA Radio Club Meeting (7-10 May 2020 - CANCELLED), IPA Bamberg 50th Anniversary (14-17 May 2020 - CANCELLED)

IPA Italy - Cesensa Forli 30th Anniversary (14-17 May 2020 - CANCELLED)

IPA Montenegro - IPA Games 2020 (10-15 May 2020 - CANCELLED)

IPA Kenya - Friendship Week (7-13 June 2020 - POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 2020)

IPA Austria - XX National Congress + 60 Year Anniversary (14-17 May 2020 - POSTPONED TO 2021) 

IPA Ireland - Slieve League Hike (18 April 2020 - CANCELLED)

IPA France - Hauts-de-France Friendship Week (20-25 May 2020 - CANCELLED)

IPA Sri Lanka - Hosting Sections' Meeting + Friendship Week (9-17 June 2020 - CANCELLED)

IPA Houses:

IPA Greece - Athens, Thessaloniki, Nympheon, and Chania houses all closed from 3 April

IPA Luxembourg - Lëtzebuerg house closed (existing bookings are not affected)

IPA Ireland - No longer taking bookings for their 5 houses

IPA South Africa - No longer taking bookings for their 4 houses

IPA Finland - Ylläs /Lapland House closed

IPA Belgium - 'Martin Beck' house in Antwerp closed until 19 April 2020 (existing bookings are not affected)

IPA Australia - All houses closed until further notice (existing bookings will be refunded in full, or credit given)


Our Education & Information Centre, IBZ Gimborn, has been closed by state order until 19 April 2020. All seminars and external conferences at IBZ Gimborn have been cancelled until and including 31 May 2020.