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Information for students travelling to the UK

The huge success of the UK vaccination programme means that the UK has been able to lift most COVID-19 restrictions. This means that, we are starting the new academic year welcoming all students to start their learning with us on campus in Liverpool, initially as part of a blended approach.

All our main on-campus facilities, including two libraries, extensive study spaces, support services, the Guild of Students, sports centre and shops are open. Find out more about our plans for teaching this autumn.

The University remains focussed on providing a safe study environment to ensure you can stay well and enjoy your studies. We will therefore maintain some safety measures on campus, including the use of face-coverings in indoor locations. All of these measures will be subject to review and revision as appropriate, in the context of any changes nationally or locally. Read more about how we’re keeping our community safe.

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Further information for new and returning international students can be found on our International Advice and Guidance webpages and we recommend you read Our plans for teaching 2021/22 webpages.

Travelling to the UK

Students can currently travel to the UK to start/resume their studies, however what you must do before you travel and after you arrive in England depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the UK Government rules for travel.

Please note, there are different rules if you have been in a ‘red list’ (high-risk) country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not (under an approved vaccination programme). Full information for those travelling from a ‘red-list’ country can be found further down this page.

Here’s a summary of the rules, however, full details can be found on the Government webpages or further down this page. You should always check the latest guidance before travelling.

Action to complete

Non-red-list (fully vaccinated)

Non-red-list (not fully vaccinated)

Red-list

Before arrival in the UK

Complete a passenger locator form

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pre-departure COVID-19 test

No

Yes

Yes

Book and pay for tests (to be taken after arrival)

Yes (day 2 test)

Yes (day 2 and day 8 tests)

Yes

Book and pay for a hotel quarantine package

No

No

Yes

After arrival in the UK

Quarantine at a managed hotel

No

No

Yes for 10 days

Quarantine at own accommodation

No

Yes for 10 days

N/A

Test to release (please note, this must be booked before travelling) 

N/A

Yes

No

Take a COVID-19 test after arrival

Yes on day 2

Yes on day 2 and day 8

Yes on day 2 and 8

If you are fully vaccinated (and not travelling from a red-list country)

This is what you need to do if you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England (see below to check if you qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’).

Before you travel to England you must:

You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

From 22 October you will be able to book an antigen lateral flow device (LFD) test instead of a PCR for your ‘on arrival’ test.

When you arrive in England you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. You must book this test before you travel.

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The vaccine must be administered under either:

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.

Read more about the vaccination requirements here.

Proving your vaccination status

If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you can prove your vaccination status using either:

Paper certificates are also available.

There are different ways to prove your vaccination status if you were vaccinated outside of the UK.

Check what proof is required for the country or territory where you were vaccinated.

If you cannot prove that you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.

If you are not fully vaccinated (and not travelling from a red-list country)

This is what you need to do if you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.

Before you travel to England you must:

Read more about taking a COVID-19 test before you travel to England.

After you arrive in England you must:

Test to Release scheme

If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Travelling from a red-list country or territory

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Check the latest red-list on the UK Government webpages.

Before you travel to England you must:

You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated.

When you arrive in England you must: 

You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated.

Travel and quarantine support

We know that you may have concerns about travelling to the UK for your studies especially given the increased challenges and costs you may face. To help support you and ensure your safe arrival, we have developed the following guidance and measures for students joining us this autumn. 

Please complete this travel intentions form to let us know when you plan to travel to the UK. This will allow us to best support you after arrival and help your academic department to prepare your learning materials in advance.

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    Support for students arriving from a ‘RED’ list country

    Please note: managed quarantine hotels are fully refundable for those students who booked a hotel when their country was on the red-list but has since been removed. Students should request their refund directly via the online booking hub.

    Financial quarantine support

    The University of Liverpool will pay for the £2,285 hotel quarantine cost for each new, self-financing student travelling from a home address in a red-list country. This cost includes the mandatory COVID-19 tests you are required to take after arriving in the UK and food for the duration of your stay in managed hotel quarantine. This will be paid through a tuition fee reduction following registration. Please ensure you retain a copy of your quarantine package receipt. For eligibility and further information see our document Red-list financial quarantine support 2021.

    Students should complete this Quarantine Reimbursement form to process their tuition fee reduction.

    Please note, this is not available to students travelling to the UK from a non-red-list country via a red-list country.

    Travel and hotel booking support

    Before travelling to the UK you will need to book and pay for your quarantine package (hotel, transfer from the airport, tests etc). You can do this online. If you experience any difficulty booking through the booking portal, please phone +44 (0)20 7429 9732. You should visit the Government website for full details about where you can fly into, the location of the hotels and how to get from the airport to your hotel safely. You should look to book your managed quarantine package and flight simultaneously to avoid any discrepancy.

    Currently, if arriving from a red-list country and required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, you can’t fly into either of our nearest airports (Liverpool or Manchester). The list of entry points may change, however please see the current list of approved ports of entry on the Government webpages.

    Transport from the airport to your hotel is included in your quarantine package. You will be met at the approved port of entry and taken by coach to your hotel. Following the conclusion of your stay, you can be transported back to the port of entry OR choose to make your own way from the hotel to the University.

    Practical support while isolating 

    When you arrive at the managed quarantine hotel you will be required to quarantine in your room for 10 days. Here is some information about the services provided within your quarantine hotel package, however, for full details about what to expect please see the Government webpages.  

    • Meals: As part of your paid quarantine package, the hotel will provide your meals. The hotels selected for managed quarantine are able to meet the vast majority of requirements and will be able to accommodate dietary requirements.
    • Deliveries: If you have items delivered to you during the quarantine period (such as food deliveries), they will be brought to the door of your room by the managed quarantine hotel staff.
    • Services available in your hotel: The hotel will provide you with information about the other services available, including laundry and free Wi-Fi.
    • Medical care and prescriptions: You should bring your prescription medicines with you. You will be able to access NHS healthcare via 111 (or your normal GP) to seek medical attention, including for repeat prescriptions and/or if you need to fill a prescription. Please inform the medical staff at the hotel on arrival if you anticipate any issues.

    Once you arrive, please also inform the University that you are isolating by updating the COVID student intranet page. By letting us know you are isolating, we are then able to reach out and offer you support, even though you are not on campus. 

    We're also providing a dedicated online programme of support and activities for you to access remotely while quarantining. This programme will focus on the following elements:

    • Physical and mental wellbeing: Access a timetable of hand-picked, high and lower intensity physical workouts, meditation and relaxation sessions that are all suited to being undertaken in small spaces with no equipment needed.
    • Group engagement: A range of online sessions to allow you to connect with other students and the Liverpool community from the day you arrive; for example, virtual opportunities to meet others isolating, afternoon tea and chat, Netflix parties and online games.
    • Support: You'll have direct access to our support services for anytime you need advice or someone to talk to, including a daily 'Tea and chat' session hosted by our Student Ambassadors. 

    You'll receive information about this online programme after your arrival. 

    Support for students arriving from all other countries

    Travel and arrival support

    If you’re not travelling from a red-list country you can arrive into any UK airport, however we’d recommend arriving into Manchester Airport, wherever possible, to minimise the onward travel required to get to Liverpool. Please remember, you should avoid flights with stopovers in red-list countries and territories as you will not be able to arrive into Manchester Airport and you will also be required to follow the rules for red-list arrivals. We are also, unfortunately, unable to offer financial support for those required to quarantine in a managed hotel if arriving to the UK via a red-list country.

    The University is offering an Airport Transfer Service to meet students at Manchester Airport. Further details about this service are available here. If, however, you use public transport after arriving, you should follow these safety precautions to prevent the risk of spreading the virus.

    If you’re not fully vaccinated, after arriving in the UK, you should go straight to the place you’ll be staying to quarantine for 10 days.

    Testing support

    Before you arrive in the UK you will need to book and pay COVID-19 tests to be taken on your second day and eighth day (only for those not fully vaccinated) after arrival in England.

    You can purchase your tests on the UK Government webpages, or use our preferred supplier BioGrad Diagnostics. For those quarantining in our halls of residence, BioGrad are also offering a postage discount code UOLSHIP for the courier service to return your test sample from halls to the BioGrad laboratories. 

    If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

    Accommodation support for those quarantining

    If you need to quarantine upon arrival, you should make sure to arrange this ahead of travelling to the UK, this can be in University-owned, or private accommodation in Liverpool.

    If you have applied for University-owned accommodation (halls), you will be able to stay in your hall for the duration of your isolation period. You will be invited to confirm your arrival date and details once you have accepted your Student Licence; please keep checking your emails regularly to ensure you do not miss the survey.

    If you’ve chosen to self-isolate in private rented accommodation please speak with your provider as they can supply information to help support students quarantining.

    Practical support while quarantining 

    If you need to quarantine upon arrival, make sure you inform the University by updating the COVID student intranet page as soon as you arrive. By letting us know you are quarantining, we are then able to reach out and offer you support, even if you are not on campus. 

    Support in halls

    • Bedding/kitchen packs: For students staying in halls, we have teamed up with Uni Kit Out to deliver all the items you need to make your stay comfortable ready for your arrival, including bedding and kitchen packs. You can place an order prior to your arrival, but only after you have accepted an accommodation offer and know which hall you’ll be living in. To order visit https://www.unikitout.com/ and save 10% by using discount code LIVERPOOL10. At check out, enter your room number if you have it, otherwise, just select your hall address. You must also include your Student ID at check out so we can ensure you receive your package upon arrival.
    • Meals: For a sub-fee (£8.50 per day) you can also order three meals per day for throughout your quarantine period. You’ll receive a six-day dry pack of food consisting of a range of breakfast and lunch items as well as sweet and savoury snacks and drinks, as well as chilled or frozen freshly made evening meals from our catering team on campus. Dietary requirements are taken into account, including allergies, vegan/vegetarian options and halal. Once you have accepted your accommodation offer, you will be invited to order your meals from our daily menu. You will then receive a link to pay for your meals once you have arrived into our accommodation.
    • Deliveries: If you have essential items delivered to you during the quarantine period (such as food or medical deliveries), they will be brought to your flat by our halls team.

    Support in private accommodation

    For students staying in private accommodation, the University is looking at ways we can support you even though you aren’t on campus and further details will be sent to students when you arrive. For now, please take a look at our International Advice and Guidance pages, including this ‘Tips for online shopping’ guide.

    Support for all students

    We’re also providing a dedicated online programme of support and activities for you to access remotely while quarantining. This programme will focus on the following elements:

    • Physical and mental wellbeing: Access a timetable of hand-picked, high and lower intensity physical workouts, meditation and relaxation sessions that are all suited to being undertaken in small spaces with no equipment needed.
    • Group engagement: A range of online sessions to allow you to connect with other students and the Liverpool community from the day you arrive; for example, virtual opportunities to meet others isolating, afternoon tea and chat, Netflix parties and online games.
    • Support: You’ll have direct access to our support services for anytime you need advice or someone to talk to, including a daily ‘Tea and chat’ session hosted by Student Ambassadors.

    You'll receive information about this online programme after your arrival. 

COVID-19 vaccinations

All those aged 18 and over, including international students, are now eligible for the UK's free vaccination scheme offering the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You will need to be registered with a GP before you can get your vaccination, or any medical treatment, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible if you haven’t already, to avoid potential delays. You can register with our local practice here.  

Students will be contacted by the NHS when it is time for them to take their vaccination, or alternatively, you can book online via the NHS website

In this video, Gabriella vlogs her experience getting her first vaccination at a walk-in facility at Anfield, home of Liverpool Football Club: 

Students who have already had a COVID-19 vaccination in their home country

There is no current guidance to suggest that students who have been fully vaccinated in their home country will need to have another vaccination upon arrival to the UK, however, we will continue to monitor the situation carefully and update our guidance where needed.

If a person has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the advice here (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance). The student should contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

Further information on vaccinations can be found on these FAQs.

Start dates

Unless you have heard otherwise directly from your department, listed below by subject area are the latest dates by which students are required to be on-campus to start classes in-person. Students are reminded that they should allow enough time to arrive and complete their isolation by the date listed.

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

All clinical programmes; Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Health Sciences

  • Late arrival not expected to be possible. Further guidance from your School may be available.

School of Life Sciences 

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

School of Psychology

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Management School

  • All undergraduate programmes should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October)
  • All postgraduate taught programmes should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 7 (8 November).

School of the Arts, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, School of Law and Social Justice

  • All programmes, all years should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemistry

  • Years 1, 2, 4 and MSc level: Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 1 (27 September). 
  • Year 3:  Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 3 (11 October).

Computer Science

  • All programmes, all years should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

Electrical Engineering and Electronics

  • Year 1: Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).
  • Year 2: Students (excluding XJTLU 2+2) should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 2 (4 October).
  • Year 2: XJTLU students should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).
  • Year 2: XJTLU students who did not study at XJTLU in 2020-21, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 2 (4 October).
  • Year 3 and 4: Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 2 (4 October).
  • PGT level: Should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

School of Engineering

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

School of Environmental Sciences

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 3 (11 October).

Mathematical Sciences

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).

Physics

  • All programmes, all years, should start on campus classes by no later than the beginning of week 5 (25 October).