Travel to the UK

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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.


Changes to international travel rules

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. 

Vaccination status

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. 

Travel from non-red list countries

Travel for fully vaccinated people

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.

Travel for people who do not qualify as fully vaccinated

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.

If you:

  • do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
  • are partially vaccinated
  • are not vaccinated

then before you travel to England you must:

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.

Booking travel tests

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. 

Travel from red list countries

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.

Check the red list countries and territories.

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:

When you arrive in England, you must quarantine in a managed hotel (the quarantine package includes 2 Covid-19 tests) and complete the University reporting form

How to prepare for travel

How to prepare for travel
A text-only version of this guide is provided in the FAQs

FAQs - travel

Enrolment and start dates

FAQs - enrolment/induction/teaching

Quarantine costs

Updated: 21 January 2022

This scheme for Semester 1 (September 2021) arrivals is now closed.


Travel within the UK

Leaving your semester-time accommodation to travel to your vacation time residence will require you to take two rapid (lateral flow) Covid-19 tests, which are provided by the University.

Please also check the latest Government regulations on travel within the UK before travelling.

Travel from the UK

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.