Tests and quarantine for travel

You may need a coronavirus test when travelling to or from the UK. You may also need to quarantine after arriving in the UK. Find out if you can claim financial support from the University.

Book a quarantine test

How to book a quarantine test when you have arrived.

The University has agreed a significant investment in support for students travelling to the UK for the start of teaching in 2021/22.

Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to financially support you with the costs of testing and quarantine.

Check you can travel

Check current government guidelines to ensure you can travel and to find out about testing and quarantine requirements.

Eligibility for support

Support for testing and quarantine will change or end if UK government requirements for testing on arrival in the UK change or end.

International students

If you are a University of Bristol undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research student, or on an Erasmus or Study Abroad scheme, and are travelling to the UK for the start of the 2021/22 academic year, you will be eligible for support in the following circumstances:

  • You are arriving in the UK on or after 1 August 2021 and before 6 May 2022.
  • This applies to students in any year of study, apart from postgraduate research students in the writing-up stage.

Pre-sessional students

If you are travelling to the UK for a pre-sessional course during summer 2021, you will be eligible for support in the following circumstances:

  • You are arriving in the UK from overseas during July or August 2021.

When you are not eligible for support

  • Your course ends in 2021 (other than pre-sessional students).
  • You are travelling to the UK in advance of the dates outlined above.
  • You have a placement overseas.
  • Postgraduate research students in the writing-up stage.

Financial support available

Financial support depending on country you are travelling from
Country you are travelling fromFinancial support available
Green list We will cover the cost of the test package you need to book to enter UK, when you book it through the University.
Amber list We will cover the cost of the test package you need to book to enter UK, including cost of 'Test to Release' test, when you book it through the University.
Red list We will reimburse you for the cost of your quarantine hotel stay and COVID tests taken in quarantine (currently £2,285)

What is not covered by the University

  • Tests you need to take in your home country before travelling to the UK.
  • Tests for trips home during the academic year.
  • Tests for more than your first arrival in UK in the 20201/22 academic year.

If you find yourself in hardship as a result of being required to take tests that the University does not cover, emergency and hardship funds are available.

Use a university test provider

You must use one of the university test providers. You cannot pay for tests yourself and claim back the cost unless you have a problem with the booking system. Book a quarantine test.

How to claim test expenses if you have paid for a test

International students who could not use a university supplier

  1. If you were unable to use a university test supplier, book and pay for the tests using a private provider.
  2. Keep your test payment receipts.
  3. Keep proof of your travel (for example, flight receipt or flight booking confirmation).
  4. Complete our COVID-19 test expenses claim form.

Study Abroad and pre-sessional students 2020/21

The scheme to enable students to claim for tests taken for travel during the 2020/21 academic year has now closed. The only exceptions for this are students returning from study abroad placements during the summer (June/July/August 2021) and students attending pre-sessional courses.

  1. Book and pay for your tests required to return to the UK using a private provider.
  2. Keep your test payment receipts.
  3. Keep proof of your travel (for example, flight receipt or flight booking confirmation).
  4. Complete our COVID-19 test expenses claim form.
  5. The deadline for submissions for 2020/21 claims is 31 October 2021.

How to claim quarantine hotel expenses

Red list country travellers

We will reimburse you for the cost of your 10-day hotel quarantine.

  1. Pay the cost of your hotel quarantine upfront (currently £2,285) within a 14-day period before arrival.
  2. Keep your quarantine payment receipt.
  3. Keep proof of your travel (for example, flight receipt or flight booking confirmation).
  4. Once you have left quarantine, complete our red list quarantine claim form.
  5. You must have a UK bank account to make a claim.
  6. You must submit your claim by 30 June 2022.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during your quarantine period, you will be required to extend your stay for a period of 10 days from the date of the positive test result.

  • We are not able to fund additional days spent in quarantine.
  • We are not able to fund quarantine stays before you have completed quarantine.

Food boxes if you are in quarantine

We will provide the following to cover the first 10 days of your self-managed quarantine:

Students living in university residences or third-party residencies (including King Square Studio)

A food box and support package will be available for you within 24 hours of your arrival.

If you do not find a support pack in your room, you can collect one from reception. If you are in a third-party residence, you can request one using the accommodation portal.

Students arriving in Bristol and living in private accommodation

You can order a food box from Uni-Kit Out using the voucher available via your accommodation portal. This will be delivered to your private address on your chosen date by courier.

From 18 October you will not be able to access a Uni-Kit Out voucher unless you have completed a Late Arrivals form with an expected arrival date after the 18 October 2021.

Codes issued before 18 October will expire on 18 October 2021.

To access the accommodation portal, do the following:

  • New students who have logged in before, use your ordinary credentials 
  • New students who have not logged in before must register using their student number and email address
  • Current students can log in via Single Sign-On

If you have issues accessing the accommodation portal, contact cd-systems-support@bristol.ac.uk

If your accommodation portal does not have a voucher code, contact coronavirus-residences@bristol.ac.uk

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