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- September return 2021
- Do I have Covid-19?
- I have Covid-19
- Keeping each other safe
- Test and trace, reporting and self-isolation
- Health and wellbeing
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Information for staff
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- Information for visitors and the local community
- Covid-19 Privacy Policies
Travel to the UK
Alert Rules about travelling to the UK changed on 4 October.
The information provided below assumes you are eligible to enter the UK. If you have any questions relating to your immigration status or visa more generally, please contact our International Student Advice Team.
Everyone entering England from outside the Common Travel Area (Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man) will be legally required to follow these rules.Please see the Government website on travel for the latest information about travelling to England.
Quarantine - key information
Please be aware that non-compliance with legal quarantine requirements could result in fines or prison sentences.
- Most staff and students are allowed to enter the UK even if travelling from a red list country. See FAQs below.
- If you’re travelling from a red list country then this quarantine will need to be in a Government allocated hotel, which costs £2,285.
If you are travelling from a non-red list country and meet the criteria for fully vaccinated and have the necessary documents, you will not have to quarantine.
If you are travelling from a non-red list country and do not meet the criteria of fully vaccinated or do not have the necessary documents, you will need to quarantine on arrival in your accommodation.
If you are currently in quarantine, or will be soon, please complete this form if you are a new student, or this form if you are a continuing student. A member of the University Covid Response team will be in touch to provide guidance and support where required.
- If you are a new student travelling to join the University for the first time and are required to pay the cost of quarantine, Oxford Brookes will provide you with a tuition fee discount of up to £1,750. This amount will be discounted from the second semester of your tuition fees. Please see Quarantine costs below and our Terms and Conditions.
- Continuing students who are returning/arriving from red list countries can request a tuition fee deferral, in semester 2, of up to £1,750, to help with cashflow/planning across the academic year. Please see Quarantine costs below and our Terms and Conditions.
- Please see our International Student Advice Team webpages for more detailed information on your travel including advice about airport arrival and what to do before you travel.
Last updated: 4 October 2021
From 4.00am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England have changed.
The rules now cover:
- travel from non-red list countries - depending on your vaccination status
- travel to England from red list countries - regardless of your vaccination status.
Travel from non-red list countries will require different courses of action depending on whether or not you meet the criteria for fully vaccinated.
Travel from red list countries will require all individuals to quarantine in a managed hotel - regardless of vaccination status.
Please see the sections below for further details.
The details regarding your vaccination status, and whether you qualify as fully vaccinated, will depend on what vaccine you received, where you received it and when you received it and having the necessary documentation. Full details are on the Government website and we strongly encourage you to read this carefully.
Please check if you meet the criteria for ‘fully vaccinated’.
Individuals who fully meet the requirements for fully vaccinated (and have the necessary documentation to prove it) who travel to England from a non-red list country will have to:
If you have not received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, or your vaccination was not part of an approved programme, or it has not been more than 14 days since your second vaccination you will not be classed as fully vaccinated.
From 4.00am Monday 4 October, if you:
- do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
- are partially vaccinated
- are not vaccinated
then before you travel to England you must:
- take a pre-departure Covid-19 test – taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
- book and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
- complete your passenger locator form – in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.
After you arrive in England you must then:
- quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
- take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
From 4.00am Monday 4 October, if you are travelling to England and have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish national or you have residence rights in the UK. This includes those who are holding Tier 4 or Student Route visas for study in the UK. Most staff and students are allowed to enter the UK even if travelling from a red list country. See FAQs below.
These rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or not vaccinated.
Before you travel to England, you must:
take a pre-departure Covid-19 test – in the 3 days before you travel to England
complete your passenger locator form – in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.
When you arrive in England, you must quarantine in a managed hotel (the quarantine package includes 2 Covid-19 tests).
My country is on the red list, can I still travel?
You can travel to the UK from a red list country if you are British, Irish or you have residency here. Residency rights include a Student visa, a Skilled Worker or Tier 2 visa or Settled/Pre-Settled status through the EU settlement scheme. If you're not sure if you have residency rights, please contact the International Student Advice Team on email@example.com or our Human Resources team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the government’s instructions to enter the UK.
What is quarantine, and do I have to do this?
Yes, you will need to quarantine unless you have travelled from a non-red list country and you meet the criteria for fully vaccinated and have the necessary documentation. The Government has set out some legal requirements for individuals who enter England from outside the UK.
Additionally if you are quarantining in University owned or private accommodation, you'll need to let us know that you’re quarantining as a result of travelling to the UK. You can do this by completing the Coronavirus reporting form and selecting ‘quarantining as a result of returning from abroad’ status. It’s important that you do this so that our Covid Response Team can get in touch to offer you help and advice while you are quarantining.
I'm travelling from a red list country and need to do “Managed quarantine in a hotel”, what does this mean?
Please see the Government website for detailed information about travelling to the UK from a red list country. This will explain what you must legally do before you travel and what you can and cannot do during your quarantine. It will also provide you with more detail about what is provided with your hotel quarantine and what Covid-19 tests you will need to take.
Hotel quarantine costs £2,285 for the first adult and £1,430 for an additional adult in the same room. This cost includes transport from the airport to your hotel, accommodation for the 10 days, food, security, other essential services and testing.
If you are a new student travelling to join the University for the first time and are required to pay the cost of quarantine, Oxford Brookes will provide you with a tuition fee discount of up to £1,750. Continuing students who are returning/arriving from red list countries can request a tuition fee deferral, in semester 2, of up to £1,750, to help with cashflow/planning across the academic year. Please see Quarantine costs below and our Terms and Conditions.
I'm not from a red list country, what does quarantine mean for me?
Whether or not you will need to quarantine and what Covid tests you will need to take will depend on your vaccination status. Please read the information above carefully and also check the Government website to see if you meet the criteria for fully vaccinated as this will determine whether you will need to quarantine in your accommodation and what tests you’ll need to take.
Will I be refunded the cost for “Managed quarantine in a hotel”?
If you are a new student travelling to join the University for the first time and are required to pay the cost of quarantine, Oxford Brookes will provide you with a tuition fee discount of up to £1,750. Continuing students who are returning/arriving from “red list” countries can request a tuition fee deferral, in semester 2, of up to £1,750, to help with cashflow/planning across the academic year. Please see Quarantine costs below and our Terms and Conditions.
If you are travelling with family and have a combined receipt for your quarantine costs, we will reimburse you up to £1,750 as long as the receipt shows your costs for quarantine.
How to prepare for travel
2. You must also book and pay for:
- Red list country - your Managed quarantine in a hotel (which will include your Covid-19 PCR travel tests);
- Non-red list country, not fully vaccinated - two PCR tests for you to take on days 2 and 8 of your quarantine period,
- Non-red list country, fully vaccinated - one PCR test for day 2. You cannot use the University rapid (lateral flow) Covid-19 tests to meet these requirements.
3. You must complete a Passenger Locator Form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel tests booking reference number.
What happens if I don't obey these Covid-19 regulations?
You can be issued a large fine or even be put in prison. If you don't understand what you need to do, make sure you read the Government information carefully.
During my quarantine can I come to the University and get a Covid test?
No, it is a legal requirement that you stay in your quarantine accommodation so you cannot come to the University for any reason during your quarantine period. You cannot have visitors in quarantine and you can only leave your room if there is an emergency.
Can you help me get from the airport to Oxford?
If you are travelling from a red list country, travel to your hotel is covered within the costs of the “Managed quarantine in a hotel” package. Once you have finished your hotel quarantine, you may be able to book our taxi service, depending on where you are travelling from.
Could my flight details change?
If you have any questions about a change in your travel plans please get in touch with our International Student Advice team.
What if my departure country changes to red list just before I leave?
If you had previously arranged to quarantine in University accommodation or private accommodation, but a change to your departure country’s status means that you now need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, you will need to follow the Government’s guidance here.
If you are experiencing problems with the costs of quarantine, we are able to offer help to new students with a tuition fee discount on Semester 2 fees or a tuition fee deferral for continuing students. For full details, please see this information about how we may be able to help you.
If you have experienced additional problems with travelling from your quarantine accommodation to the University that has delayed you further, please let us know immediately so we can advise you. Find out about the International Student Advice Team’s discounted rates for a Taxi Airport Service.
If you are arriving from a red list country, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days in Government-approved accommodation that you will book in advance. We are offering students some financial support to help manage this additional cost.
New students arriving from red list countries for courses starting in September 2021 will be eligible for a quarantine scholarship. This means that quarantine costs of up to £1,750 will be reimbursed via a discount on your second semester's tuition fee (subject to Terms and Conditions).
- A new student is defined as a student who has never previously studied with Brookes.
- If you have previously studied with Brookes, please read the Continuing students section.
To apply for the scholarship, please complete the online application process. You will need to be enrolled at Oxford Brookes and will need your login and password to complete the application.
Continuing students who are returning/arriving from red list countries can request a tuition fee deferral, in semester 2, of up to £1,750, to help with cashflow/planning across the academic year.
To apply for the deferral, please complete the online application process. You will need to have re-enrolled at Oxford Brookes and will require your login and password to complete the application.
I’m going on (or returning from) exchange or placement, what does this mean for me?
Please contact the Global Exchanges Team directly. They will be able to advise you regarding your specific circumstances email@example.com.
Can I study online?
As described on our September 2021 webpage, we are planning for class teaching, seminars and tutorials to be delivered face-to-face, with the exception of some of our bigger teaching sessions. This means that the University is not offering students an option to study online for Semester 1. In the very limited number of cases where online study is possible for Semester 1, students will be contacted directly by the University.
Please check the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office website for up-to-date travel restrictions regarding your destination country and any countries you will need to travel through.
You are likely to require proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before you can travel - this must be purchased privately. You cannot use the University’s rapid Covid-19 tests for this purpose.