Students travelling to England: know before you travel

04 March 2021

The following information about the procedures students need to follow if they are thinking of travelling to England in the near future was issued by England’s Department for Education on 3 March 2021.

Before students think about any of this, the first step is for a student to talk to their education provider about what date in-person learning will start for their course. 

This is the information England's Department for Education issued on 3 March 2021:

"Before arriving, students should:

  • Check the latest information about entering the UK;
  • Note that all inbound UK travel corridors have been temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants of Covid-19;
  • All passengers are now required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival;
  • Note that certain countries are now on a ‘red list’ – students arriving from these countries may need to quarantine in managed quarantine hotels...;
  • Remember to follow the safer travel guidelines, and plan ahead to avoid busy times;
  • Confirm that their course has resumed in-person teaching and learning;
  • Speak to their travel insurer.

"Students must follow the law on international travel, which means that before they travel they should:

  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result 3 days before they travel.
  • Complete a passenger locator form detailing where they will quarantine upon arrival.
  • Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantine.
  • Be ready to present proof of study documents on arrival to the UK.

"Advice for students arriving from overseas

  • British or Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who have been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before their arrival will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, unless they are exempt.
  • Third country nationals with residence rights include those with student entry clearance (i.e. Student/Tier 4 visas), those with EUSS leave, and those with biometric residence permits, among others. If an individual does not have residence rights, they cannot travel to the UK if they’ve visited or passed through a ‘red-list country’ in the last 10 days.
  • Even those who have not been in or through a ‘red list’ country will need to quarantine in their own accommodation for 10 days if they are travelling to the UK, unless they ‘test to release’ and receive a negative test result.
  • Everyone must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine.
  • Travel advice may change while individuals are overseas. Everyone intending to travel to the UK is advised to regularly check all relevant guidance pages for www.gov.uk/coronavirus for updates."

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