Travel to the UK

Key information

 Alert Rules about travelling to the UK changed on 4 October.

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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 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. 

Changes to international travel rules

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. 

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

If you are fully vaccinated

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 day 2 Covid-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England.

If you are not fully vaccinated

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:

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.

Travel from red list countries

Check the red list countries and territories.

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

book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 Covid-19 tests

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).

How to prepare for travel

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

FAQs - travel

Quarantine costs

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. 

Enrolment and start dates

FAQs - enrolment/induction/teaching

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 note Government regulations on travel within the UK.

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 for this purpose.