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Covid-19 Travel Information for Students

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We have made this guide to help you prepare for travelling to the UK. We’ll also keep it updated it with any changes to Covid-19 travel requirements. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us – we’ll be very happy to help you.

Green, Amber or Red List?

When you arrive in the UK, you may need to quarantine. There are different rules depending on which country you have been in during the 10 days before you travel. Each country is on the green, amber or red list. Check on the government website to see which list your country is on:

Please note that if you have been in two or more countries during these 10 days (including in transit), you will have to follow the rules for the highest-risk country.

Green List

Before you travel, you must:

You do NOT need to quarantine on arrival.

Amber List

Before you travel, you must:

You’ll need to quarantine on arrival for 10 days. However, there are exemptions for the EU and the USA – see below. We can arrange a quarantine homestay for you if necessary.

If you are arriving in England, you can use the Test to Release scheme to reduce your quarantine – see below.

Red List

If you are a student from a red list country, you can only travel to the UK if you have residence rights here.

Before you travel, you must:

You’ll need to quarantine for 10 days at an approved hotel. You will take a Covid test on Day 2 and Day 8 after you arrive.


Passenger Locator Form

You need to complete this online before you arrive. You’ll need to enter:

  • passport details or the travel document you’ll use when you arrive
  • travel details, including times and dates
  • the address where you’ll stay in the UK
  • booking reference numbers for any COVID-19 tests required after arrival

More details on UK Government website >

Complete the Passenger Locator Form >



Pre-departure Covid-19 Test

You need proof of a negative Covid-19 test before you travel to the UK. You must take the test in the 3 days before your journey begins.

You can provide your test result as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone – make sure your device is charged



Covid-19 Test(s) After Arrival

If you arrive from a green list country, you’ll need to take a test on Day 2 after you arrive.

If you arrive from an amber list country, you’ll need to take a tests on Day 2 and Day 8 after you arrive (see below for information about Test to Release and EU / USA exemptions).

You need to book your tests before you travel. Make sure you leave enough time for them to be delivered to your address in England. Your arrival day is Day 0.

Typically, you’ll have to wait 24 to 36 hours to get your test result.

Find a Travel Test Provider (UK Government website) >


Test to Release

With the Test to Release scheme, you can take a Covid-19 test on Day 5 five of self-isolation. If you test negative, you can stop isolating. If you test positive, you must quarantine for 10 more days after the test. Anyone using the scheme still has to take another test on Day 8. Tests cost between £65 and £120. This only applies if you are travelling from an amber list country.


Exemptions from Quarantine (EU / USA)

If you are under 18 or a fully vaccinated adult from the following amber list countries, you will not have to quarantine on arrival or take a Covid-19 test on Day 8.

  • All EU countries
  • Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican
  • USA

You will need to be fully vaccinated and to have had your final dose 14 days or more before you travel. The day that you have your vaccine does not count as one of the 14 days. If you were vaccinated in 2 doses it must be with the same vaccine. For example, if your first dose was Moderna your second dose must also be Moderna. The vaccination must be authorised by:

  • the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for Europe
  • Swissmedic for Switzerland
  • the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the USA

When you travel, you will need to show proof of vaccination using your EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe or a CDC card for the USA, plus proof of US residency.

Please note that you will still need to complete a passenger locator form, take a Covid-19 test in the 3 days before you travel and take a test on Day 2 after your arrival.


UK Government Website

For more information on travelling to England, visit:


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Last updated 17 August 2021

Covid-19 Travel Information for Students
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Covid-19 Travel Information for Students
Read about the current rules for international students travelling to the UK to study English. What are the different rules for green, amber and red list countries?
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