Advice for international students

If you started your studies in October 2020 but you are currently overseas and face difficulties travelling as a result of the current situation, you will be able to complete your studies for the remainder of this academic year online if necessary - unless in-person teaching is essential and can be delivered in line with Government guidance at some stage, in which case your department will be able to make arrangements for you to complete this later in the academic year.

Please note, that final year students wishing to obtain a Graduate Route Visa must be in the UK before 6 April 2021 to qualify.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for returning students 

From Monday 15 February 2021, any third country nationals with residence rights in the UK travelling from (or transiting through) a country on the UK’s travel ban list in the last 10 days will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for a period of 10 days

You will have residence rights if you already have a Tier 4 or Student visa for the UK. If you are unsure about whether you have residence rights please contact International Advice and Guidance

Testing During Quarantine and the Test to Release Scheme

From 15 February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area must: 

  • quarantine for 10 days 
  • Book and pay for a Travel Test Package to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining (at a cost of £210) 
  • follow the national lockdown rules 

You can find more information on how to quarantine including how to book a Travel Test Package here

You will not be eligible to use the ‘Test to Release’ scheme if you travelled through or from a country on the UK’s travel ban list in the last 10 days. 

For everyone else, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days as all travel corridors are currently suspended. As long as you are required to be in the UK as a result of having face to face teaching then you can still use the ‘Test to Release’ Scheme from day 5 of your self-isolation but will still need to be tested on day 8 as part of your Travel Test Package. 

You can find more information on the government’s website here. 

Mandatory Testing Before Travel 

The above regulations are in addition to all travellers having to provide a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England. It is your responsibility to make sure that the test you take meets UK government requirements. You can find these here 

You can find more information on getting a negative test before travel on the government’s website here

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