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Travel to the UK
Alert Updated rules for travelling to the UK
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 will be legally required to follow these rules.Please see the Government website on travel for the latest information about travelling to England.
Last reviewed: 10 January 2022
Last reviewed: 10 January 2022
The rules for international travel to England have changed.
From 4.00am Sunday 9 January
- Fully vaccinated travellers will be able to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test on or before day 2 of their arrival in England.
From 4.00am Friday 7 January:
- Fully vaccinated passengers and under 18s will no longer need to take a pre-departure test before travelling to or self-isolate on arrival in England but must continue to take their post-arrival tests.
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:
- book and pay for a Covid-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England (you cannot use a free NHS test for this purpose), this can be a purchased in advance (lateral flow or PCR test)
- complete a passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
- take a PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England
if you test positive, you must continue to isolate for up to 10 days from the day after travel and complete the University reporting form
if your lateral flow test is positive, you must take a confirmatory PCR test.
If you have not received two 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.
- 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 2 days before you travel to England
- book and pay for day 2 and day 8 PCR 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.
- complete the University reporting form.
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
All arrivals to the UK are required to undertake lateral flow or PCR tests. Tests can be booked via the UK government website and need to be paid for at your own expense. The University or the National Health Service (NHS) are not able to provide travel-related tests.
We understand that it may be difficult to decide which provider to use for your test, and the University cannot recommend any specific test provider - you should do your own research about them and their terms and conditions.
It may be useful to look at what is provided at your port of entry, as some of the tests can be taken on arrival and provide results in a shorter period of time. See the information regarding what is available at Heathrow and Gatwick airports or if you are travelling by the Eurostar. Many students book tests that are delivered to their accommodation address prior to travel. If you choose that option, make sure there will be someone at the address to accept the delivery.
Quarantine - key information
As of 10 January 2022, no countries are currently on the UK's red list.
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.
- 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.
As of 7 January there are no countries on the red list. If your country is added to the red list the following will apply.
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 2 days before you travel to England
- book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 Covid-19 tests
- complete your passenger locator form – in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.
What is quarantine, and do I have to do this?
You will need to quarantine if:
- you have travelled from a non-red list country and you do not meet the criteria for fully vaccinated travellers or do not have the necessary documentation to prove your vaccination status
- you have travelled from a red list country (regardless of vaccination status).
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.
I'm not travelling from a red list country, what does quarantine mean for me?
Whether or not you will need to quarantine and what Covid-19 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.
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 pre-booked lateral flow or PCR Covid-19 test for day 2. You cannot use free NHS PCR 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.
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 is added 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or our Human Resources team on email@example.com.
Please see the government’s instructions to enter the UK.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I study online?
As described on our September 2021 webpage, we are delivering class teaching, seminars and tutorials face-to-face, with the exception of some of our bigger teaching sessions. This means that we are not offering students an option to study online in the 2021/22 academic year.
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 or the free NHS PCR tests for this purpose.