International travel: restrictions and quarantine (self-isolation)

Travel restrictions and quarantine (self-isolation) advice for international students coming to Bristol and students going abroad on placements.

International students studying in Bristol

What happens if you can’t get to Bristol straight away due to restrictions in your country

If your travel restrictions extend beyond a quarantine period of 14 days on arrival you will have to study remotely. Complete the Location of study form to tell us.

If you are taking a degree programme, you will either be able to join in your course at any time during the autumn term, or you will be able to join in January 2021. We will update this advice when we know.

If you are a Study Abroad/Erasmus student, please speak to the Global Opportunities team about your options.

What happens if you have to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days when you arrive

Contact us as soon as possible if there are temporary UK quarantine restrictions for arrivals from your country of departure. Email

When you arrive in the UK, you will not be allowed to leave the place where you’re staying for the first 14 days. This is known as self-isolating.

This does not apply if you arriving from an exempt country.

Find out what 

Support during quarantine (self-isolation)

Support is available if you need to self-isolate.

Read our self-isolation guidance for students

Private accommodation

Advice on new private tenancies for 2020/21.

Travel arrangements

Use our airport transfer service to get from London Heathrow, Bristol Airport or Manchester Airport to your accommodation.

We will provide you with the most up to date information on arrival as soon as it is available. Your health and safety is our priority.

If you plan to travel home

Undergraduate students on study and work abroad placements

You can travel abroad to take up your study or work placement if it has been approved by your school.

Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance in place. We provide free business travel insurance if you are travelling on approved University trips. You should apply for insurance cover from our Insurance Office.

Follow Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for the country you are travelling to. Check quarantine periods and border restrictions. If you have any questions or concerns about your time abroad contact our Global Opportunities team for support and advice.

NHS COVID-19 app

Download the official NHS contact tracing app to know when you’re at risk from Coronavirus and to alert your loved ones, and your community.

How to quarantine (self-isolate) when you travel to the UK

When you enter or return to the UK you may need to quarantine (self-isolate). Find out what you need to do. 

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