Travelling to the UK

Going through immigration

When you arrive in the UK, you will go through immigration and customs control.

 Alert We aim to keep the information on this page up to date, however this might not always be possible and therefore you must make sure that you are aware of the current UK Government rules before travelling.

Re-entering the UK after travelling

  • When you re-enter the UK, the immigration officer may ask you to prove that you are still a registered student. For this reason, we advise you to carry a copy of your attendance certificate with you. 
  • If you are travelling during semester time, you should ask your Academic Adviser for permission to take time out of your course. Please read the information on the Travelling home or abroad webpage. 
  • If you are travelling at the end of your course, but before your visa expires, you should carry documents to show why you are re-entering the UK, for example, if you are going to study on another course, a copy of the CAS for the new course (or offer letter if you don’t have the CAS), or proof you are awaiting results or attending your graduation ceremony.
  • Border Force officials will need to be satisfied when you are entering the UK that you will either complete the activity you intend to carry out* and leave the UK before your visa expires, or that you will submit an in-time application to extend your leave in the UK. You should carry any documentation relevant with you when you travel to show to the Border Force officer if required. *For example: permitted work; collecting your possessions together; attending your graduation ceremony, visiting areas of the UK.
  • If the University reported to the UKVI that you completed your course early or you took approved temporary withdrawal, then you should not try and re-enter the UK on your current visa. This applies even if you are in the four months 'extant leave' after your course ends or the 60 day period you have to leave the UK. Please contact ISAT for advice in these cases. 


The Brookes coronavirus webpages provide information about the travel restrictions and requirements related to Covid-19.

From 18 March 2022, all the restrictions on international travel have been removed for all passengers.

This means that if you arrive in England from abroad after 18 March 2022:

  • You will not need to take any Covid-19 test before you travel or after you arrive.
  • You will not need to fill a UK passenger locator form before you travel.
  • You will not need to quarantine when you arrive.

This will apply to all passengers regardless of their vaccination status.

Please see the Government website on travel for the latest information about travelling to England.

If you are worried about travelling to the UK or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.