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 depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.

Check this section of this guidance to see if you qualify as fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

  • book and pay for a COVID-19 test – to be taken before the end of day 2 in England. You can choose a lateral flow test or a PCR test.
  • complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. The day you arrive is day 0.

If you are not fully vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

Read more about taking a COVID-19 test before you travel to England.

After you arrive in England you must:

You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0. If your day 2 test is positive you do not have to take a day 8 test.

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.

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: global-opportunities@bristol.ac.uk, 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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