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International Students Travelling to the UK

By hughero 18 Aug 2021

If you are traveling to the UK from a different country, there are a number of rules that you need to follow in order to travel safely. 

If you are an international student traveling from outside the UK, you must ensure you familiarise yourself with the green, amber and red travel lists. Each list has different rules in place for safe travel. The list updates frequently so please ensure you check your starting country regularly. 



Green List Travel

If you are traveling to the UK from a Green list country, you must follow the below rules in order to safely enter the country. 

Before you travel to the UK you must:

Once you have taken your test within 2 days of arriving in the UK, you will not need to quarantine unless your result is positive. You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you are able to spend your quarantine period in Halls, find out more about the support we offer here. 

When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. If your journey includes a stop over in a different country, please read the rules on transit stops here

You must do these things whether you are fully vaccinated or not.



Amber List Travel

If you are traveling to the UK from an Amber List country, see below what you must do if you have been in a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK. 

Before you travel to the UK you must:

You must do these things whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

Arrival in the UK

When arriving in the UK if you are fully vaccinated:

You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2.

This applies if you’re fully vaccinated under either:

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • the UK vaccine programme overseas
  • an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the USA - not all are recognised in England

Find out how to prove you are fully vaccinated, which European countries this applies to and approved vaccination programmes for Europe and the USA.

When arriving in the UK if you are not fully vaccinated:

If you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, on arrival in the UK you must:

  • quarantine in the place you are staying for 10 days, this will likely be your Halls of residence
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

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. Your stay will be free of charge from 4 September 2021 until the start date of your Student Accommodation Licence. 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. Find out more about your quarantine period in Halls here



Test to release scheme 

If you need to quarantine due to traveling from an Amber list country, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.



Red List Travel

If you are traveling to the UK from a red list country, see below what you must do if you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

Before you travel to the UK you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel. For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. 
  • book a managed quarantine hotel within a 14-day period before arrival. The booking will include your hotel, quarantine transport and travel tests for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine
  • complete a passenger locator form (PLF) with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive. You must provide a quarantine package invoice number to complete your passenger locator form

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.

Click here to see what support is available to you when undertaking your quarantine period. 

Please note: managed quarantine hotels are fully refundable for those students who booked a hotel when their country was on the red-list, but is now on the amber-list. Students should request their refund directly via the online booking hub. To find out more about payment of hotel fees, click here







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