International travel: restrictions and quarantine (self-isolation)

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

Travel to the UK

Check the government advice about entering the UK.

What you must do before you travel and when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you travel.

Countries are rated as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Red list: High-risk countries
  • Amber list: Moderate-risk countries
  • Green list: Low-risk countries

Each list includes rules you must follow to enter England. Find out which list your country is on.

What you must do when you arrive in the UK if you have been in green, amber or red countries or territories
Action to completeGreenAmberRed
Passenger locator form yes yes yes
Pre-departure test yes yes yes
Managed quarantine at hotel no no 10 days
Self-isolation at own accommodation no 10 days* n/a
Test to release n/a On day 5 no
PCR testing On or before day 2 On or before day 2 On or before day 2
Further PCR testing no day 8 day 8

*Unless fully vaccinated in the UK, EU or USA more than 14 days before arrival in which case follow the rules for the green list.

Find out about help for testing for travel.

If you have to quarantine (self-isolate) for 10 days when you arrive

If you are required to quarantine when you arrive in the UK we can support you

During this time you may receive a visit from someone from Mitie, a company employed by the government to make sure you are complying with your legal duty to self-isolate.

The staff will be wearing NHS Test and Trace uniforms. They will identify themselves verbally and present an ID card with information including their name, role, and employer.

Breaking quarantine rules

If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

Get tested before you return to campus

Get tested before you return to campus. You must have completed your self-isolation first.

Travel from the UK

You can travel internationally but must follow the rules.

Travelling to a country on the red list

If you are travelling to a country on the government's red list, make sure you are aware what the rules are when you return to the UK from a red list country.

Tests for travel

We will pay for you to take a test in certain circumstances. Find out about tests needed for travel and claiming back expenses.

Undergraduate students on study and work abroad placements

When you return to the UK follow the government guidance.

When you travel

If and when you travel, 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 and ensure our Global Opportunities team is aware of your travel.

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. 

Support for international students travelling to Bristol for 2021/22 academic year

The University will help with the costs of coronavirus testing and quarantine where required. If you are arriving from or have travelled through:

  • a green list country, we will cover the cost of the test package you need.
  • an amber list country, we will cover the cost of the test package you need.
  • a red list country, we will reimburse you for the cost of this hotel stay (currently £1,750 - £2,250).

We will support you when you arrive, whichever country you are arriving from. Find out if you are eligible for support.

Study Abroad and Erasmus students

Study Abroad and Erasmus students are expected to be present in Bristol for their studies in 2021/22, and are not allowed to carry out your exchange remotely. Contact the Global Opportunities Team email:, if you have any queries about your course.

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.

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