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Rules for entering England

This page gives information on what you must do when you arrive in England depending on your vaccination status and/or where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.

Rules for entering England;


Rules for entering England

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on whether you have been fully vaccinated by a vaccination programme recognised by the UK Government amd/or where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. 

People arriving in the UK are divided into 3 categories:

  • Arriving from red list countries and territories;
  • Arriving from the rest of the world and you have been fully vaccinated in the places listed by the UK Government;
  • Arriving from the rest of the world and not fully vaccinated or you have been vaccinated in a place not listed by the UK Government.

Remember that both the countries on the lists and the rules that apply to them can change so be sure to check the UK Government website for the most up to date information.

Please note that current UK Government rules state that people do not need to have received a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the UK. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine and accessing it in the UK, please visit the International Students' webpages.  


Arriving from red list countries and territories

The red list will be kept under constant review and countries and territories can be added to/removed from the red list at any time.

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. If you have a student visa or have pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, then you have residency rights in the UK.

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England you must:

Please visit the UK Government website to see which countries are on the red list. 

Hotel quarantine

If you arrive from a red list country, you will need to purchase a hotel quarantine package at a cost of £2,285 which includes the 10 days' accommodation and the 2 COVID-19 tests. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day 0. You will be met by a member of the hotel quarantine team who will guide you to the hotel. If you are a minor (under the age of 18) arrangements should be made to ensure your parent or guardian will be travelling with you and will enter managed quarantine with you on arrival.

If you have issues with paying this amount in full, then you may be eligible to apply for the deferred repayment plan which breaks the cost in 12 monthly instalments. For more information on this, please contact the Corporate Travel Management company in charge of hotel bookings - +44 (0) 207 429 9732

Hotel quarantine for under 18 year olds

If you are unable to afford the full cost of the hotel quarantine upfront, you can apply for the deferred repayment plan which allows you to spread the cost over 12 monthly installments. For more information about the deferred repayment plan, please contact the Corporate Travel Management company in charge of hotel bookings - +44 (0) 207 429 9732

If you will be under 18 years when you enter England from a red list country, then you must go into hotel quarantine. You must also be accommpanied by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult who must stay with you during the 10 days of quarantine in the hotel. If this is not possible, a parent, guardian or appropriate adult will need to apply for an exemption however exemptions are rare and most under 18 year olds will not be able to go into hotel quarantine alone.

For more details and confirmation on quarantine for under 18 year olds, please see the UK Government website.

See the UK Government for website for detailed information on what to expect when in hotel quarantine.

See the UK Government website for more details on the hotel quarantine package and how to book it.

See the UK Government website for a fact sheet on who needs to quarantine along with answers to FAQs.

For information about financial support from UCL with quarantine costs, please see UCL's Fees and Funding webpages.


Arriving from the rest of the world and you have been fully vaccinated in the places listed by the UK Government

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days before you arrive in England with 1 of the following vaccines:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Covaxin
  • Formulations of vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, also qualify as approved vaccines.

You can provide proof of your vaccination status in the following ways:

Before you travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

When you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2.

You must book this test before you travel.


Arriving from the rest of the world and not fully vaccinated or you have been vaccinated in a place not listed by the UK Government

At this point in time, the UK only allows people not to quarantine if they've been vaccinated in the places listed above. If you arrive from another country, even if you have been fully vaccinated with either the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen vaccines, Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm Beijing or Covaxin vaccine, you will still have to quarantine and take extra tests. If you are partially vaccinated or not vaccinated at all, you will also have to follow the same rules.

Before you travel to England you must:

After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

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


Transit stops in red list countries or territories

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. That can include transit stops.

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

The rules of a country or territory that you make a transit stop in could apply if:

  • new passengers get on and are able to mix with you
  • you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again

So if you travelled from a non-red list country but your flight connected in a red list country, you would have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel.

Please visit the UK Government website for full details of the traffic light system


Booking your flight with Clarity

As a UCL student, you may want to consider booking your flights through Clarity, one of the UK's leading bespoke travel management agencies that UCL has partnered with to support the travel planning of staff and students with more flexibility and discounts. You can use your UCL details to log into Clarity.

Look at how to search flights on Clarity's website. 

If you have already booked a flight with UCL's former travel provider, Key Travel, this is still valid and you can continue to manage your flight booking on their website. 

All new bookings from the 19th July 2021 onwards should be made with Clarity, however, there is of course no obligation to use Clarity if you would prefer to book your flight directly through an airline or another service.


Booking your tests with MyHealthChecked

UCL has negotiated a discounted offer for UCL students for PCR home-testing COVID kits with MyHealthChecked, a certified goverment provider. To purchase MHC COVID test kits, simple visit MyHealthChecked, and at the checkout, use the voucher codes that are in the right hand column, below. We advise that you buy your test in plenty of time before your travel.

Please note that you are under no obligation to book your test with MyHealthChecked.

 

Test Type

UK Travel

Discounted Price

Voucher Code

1

Fit to Fly

Outbound

£50.00

UCLTRAVEL55FTF

2

Day 2

Inbound

£50.00

UCLTRAVEL55D2

3

Day 8

Inbound

£50.00

UCLTRAVEL55D8

4

Day 2 & Day 8

Inbound

£100.00

UCLTRAVEL55D28

5

Test to Release

Inbound

£50.00

UCLTRAVEL55TTR