Travelling to the UK from overseas

Testing and quarantine

The UK Government currently has in place restrictions and conditions for travel to the UK from overseas.

Those who do not comply with Government restrictions may be subject to substantial fines, so please read the information on this site carefully.

You should check the information again just prior to travelling, as the Government may have made changes that affect your plans, e.g. the countries on the ‘red list’, may have altered.

Travelling to the UK from ‘red list’ travel ban countries

Some countries are on the UK Government’s ‘red list’. If you have been in or travelled through any of these countries in the previous 10 days, you will not be allowed into the UK. A list of these ‘red list’ countries is on the Government website.

However, if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter, but you must quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for 10 days. This will cost you £1,750. If you hold a full student visa (Tier 4 or Student Route) or are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, you do have residence rights and so will be allowed to enter on the same terms as British and Irish nationals.

You will need to take a series of tests in advance of your travel and during your quarantine period at the Government-approved hotel. You cannot use the Test and Release scheme.

Travelling to the UK from other countries

If the country you are travelling from is NOT on the UK Government ‘red list’, you will need to take a series of tests in advance of your travel and during your quarantine period (at your self-isolation address). You will be able to use the Test and Release scheme if you wish.

Further information on quarantine is available on the Government website.

What to do before you travel

All students coming into the UK

  • Book and take a Covid test 72 hours before departing for the UK. The tests must be negative and the results must be written in English, Spanish or French. Further guidance on the types of acceptable test can be found on the Government website.

Those travelling from a country on the UK Government ‘red list’

  • You will need to book into a Government approved hotel before you travel to the UK – you may be asked for proof of booking and payment when you board the aircraft or when you arrive at the UK border control so keep your confirmation emails easily accessible.

Those travelling to the UK from other countries

  • Purchase your day 2 and day 8 testing kit from a Government Approved Provider. The tests vary in price depending on the provider and you should select the provider that best suits your needs. If you are isolating in Loughborough we recommend you chose a provider that offers a ‘nationwide’ service. Please note that the University are unable to pay for these testing kits. If you are experiencing financial difficulty support may be available through the University’s Hardship Fund.
  • Get in touch with Loughborough University’s Connect and Protect team to book a test under the Test and Release scheme. This test needs to be taken on day 5 of your quarantine period. Book this test through the Connect and Protect form, selecting ‘Test and Release’. These tests are free of charge.

When you arrive in the UK

Those travelling from a country on the UK Government ‘red list’

  • You must quarantine for 10 days in your Government-approved hotel
  • After your 10 day isolation period you can return to the University. If you live in one of our halls of residence you should let our Accommodation Team and Covid Logistics know you have returned.

Those travelling to the UK from other countries

  • When you arrive in the UK you must go straight to your room in halls of residence or private accommodation. You are not permitted to leave isolation for any reason except for things such as a medical emergency, your test and release appointment or if a fire alarm sounds. You must not visit any shops or university facilities during your isolation period.

Taking your Government tests during isolation

On day 2

On day 2 of your quarantine period, you should take the first Government-required test (that you booked before departure for the UK). The test kit will be sent to the address where you are self-isolating. You will need to carry out the test yourself. Follow the instructions carefully and then return the kit to the Government lab at the address provided in the pack. If you are staying in University accommodation, we will deliver these tests to you and arrange pickup for your day 2 test.

If your test result is negative, you should follow the instructions below. If you test result is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. Your self-isolation period begins on the day after your test was taken. You will not then have to take any further tests.

On day 5

On day 5 of your quarantine period, take a test under the Test and Release scheme. You should have booked this before travelling to the UK.

If the result of this test is negative, you can stop-isolating (you must wait for the official result to be given to you).

On day 8

On day 8, you must take the second Government-required test (that you booked before departure for the UK), even if your Test and Release test was negative and you have stopped isolating.

You will need to carry out this test yourself. Follow the instructions carefully and then return the kit to the Government lab at the address provided in the pack.