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Please see below:
·  When possible, HEIs should encourage a blended mobility approach, i.e. to start with a period of virtual mobility abroad, to be combined with a physical mobility abroad with a minimum duration as set in the 2020 Programme Guide.
·  In case of force majeure situation, the duration of the physical mobility period can be reduced or cancelled and be replaced by an extension of the virtual mobility period.
·  Periods of interruption between the virtual and physical mobility periods are allowed, provided that the activity is carried out within the mobility project duration.
·  During the “virtual period” the participant does not receive a grant (Individual support) but the beneficiary organisation receives the normal rate of Organisation support per participant. Once the physical mobility period starts, the participant is entitled to get the regular grant for the period abroad.
·  These activities will need be confirmed with supporting documents to verify participation. In the field of higher education, when relevant,  virtual and blended mobility activities can be confirmed by the Transcript of Records.
·  Both periods (virtual and physical) count towards recognition of learning outcomes.
·  If duly justified and documented, beneficiaries can cover costs related to buying and/or renting of equipment and/or services necessary for the implementation of virtual and blended mobility activities, even if no funds were initially allocated to the Exceptional costs budget category.
·  If duly justified and documented by the beneficiary, NAs may also consider eligible any special needs support claimed in order to allow the participation of participants with special needs in virtual activities, under the same rules as specified in the Programme Guide.
General COVID-19 measures:
·  Factsheet with practical advice to participants: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/coronavirus-practical-factsheet_en
·  Learning mobility impact survey results: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/documents/coronavirus-learning-mobilities-impact-survey-results_en