Travelling to England from overseas

Testing and quarantine

The UK Government currently has in place restrictions and conditions for travel to England 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 England from 'red list' countries

Some countries are on the UK Government’s ‘red list’. A list of these ‘red list’ countries, and the rules for them, is on the Government website

If you have been in or travelled through any of these countries in the previous 10 days, you will only be allowed into the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. 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 have to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for 10 days. You will also need to take a series of tests in advance of your travel and during your quarantine period at the Government-approved hotel. You will not be able to use the Test to Release scheme. Further information on the required tests is available further down this web page under the section titled 'Testing after arrival in England'.

Quarantine cost reimbursement for returning students

The cost of quarantining in a Government-approved hotel is £2,285. Loughborough University will reimburse up to half of the cost of one quarantine period per student in the 2021-22 year, up to the value of £1,142.50, for returning undergraduate students and Doctoral Researchers who are travelling from their permanent residence in red list countries. This applies to students who are continuing to study with us in October 2021 either at our East Midlands or our London campus. Returning Doctoral Researchers are those who

  • have registered remotely since Apr 2020 and have either not yet arrived into the UK or have already arrived in the UK and paid their own costs, or
  • those who have not yet come back to the UK but need to or have already arrived in the UK and paid their own quarantine costs.

The reimbursement will be made as a credit against remaining tuition fees or University-managed accommodation fees. To claim reimbursement you need to complete this claim form including evidence of your red list hotel quarantine payment confirmation and negative day 8 Covid test. You will be notified of the outcome of your application for reimbursement within 4 weeks of your submission. In some cases we may ask you for further evidence that the costs of quarantine were borne by you.

You must submit your request for reimbursement as soon as possible after your arrival on campus. No reimbursement requests will be accepted after Sunday 6th February 2022.

Additional information for sponsored students

If you have paid your own quarantine cost, but a sponsor is paying your tuition fees, the cost will be credited against any outstanding accommodation charges, if you reside in University-managed accommodation.

If you have paid your own quarantine cost, but a sponsor is paying your tuition fees, and you are not in University accommodation, the cost will be reimbursed to you into a UK bank account in your name. In order for us to do this you must provide your bank details on the Student Self-Service portal. We cannot make payment to overseas bank accounts or accounts not in your name.

The University will only reimburse quarantine charges directly related to your quarantine.

Quarantine cost reimbursement for new students

The cost of quarantining in a Government-approved hotel is £2,285. Loughborough University will reimburse the full cost of one quarantine period per student in the 2021-22 year to the value of £2,285, for new undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and Doctoral Researchers (starting in October 2021 or January 2022), who are travelling from their permanent residence in red list countries. This applies to students who are continuing to study with us in October 2021 either at our East Midlands or our London campus.

The reimbursement will be made as a credit against your remaining tuition fees or University-managed accommodation fees. To claim reimbursement you will need to complete this claim form including evidence of your red list hotel quarantine payment confirmation and negative day 8 Covid test. You will be notified of the outcome of your application for reimbursement within 4 weeks of your submission. In some cases we may ask you for further evidence that the costs of quarantine were borne by you. You will be notified if we require any further information.

You must submit your request for reimbursement as soon as possible after your arrival on campus. No reimbursement requests will be accepted after Sunday 6th February 2022.

Additional information for sponsored students

If you have paid your own quarantine cost, but a sponsor is paying your tuition fees, the cost will be credited against any outstanding accommodation charges, if you are in University-managed accommodation.

If you have paid your own quarantine cost, but a sponsor is paying your tuition fees, and you are not in University accommodation, the cost will be reimbursed to you into a UK bank account in your name. In order for us to do you must provide your bank details on the Student Self-Service portal. We cannot make payment to overseas bank accounts or accounts not in your name.

The University will only reimburse quarantine charges directly related to the your quarantine.

Travelling to England from other countries

If you are fully vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated - ie you have received two doses of a Covid vaccine recognised in England and at least 14 days have elapsed since your second dose - you will need to take a Covid test no more than two days before you travel. Once you are in England you must take a PCR test within two days of your arrival and you must quarantine at home or in the place in which you are staying until you receive your test result. If your result is negative you can end your quarantine; if your result is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Further information on the required tests is available further down this web page under the section titled 'Testing after arrival in England'. Details are also available on the Government website.

You will also need to take a lateral flow test before you access any buildings or facilities on the University campus (these tests can be booked via our Connect and Protect service).

Details of the vaccines recognised in England are available on the Government website.

If you are not fully vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated, or have received a vaccine that is not recognised in England, you will need to take a Covid test no more that two days before you travel to England. You will then need to quarantine for 10 days on your arrival in the England and take two Government-required PCR tests on day 2 and 8 after your arrival. Students who will be living in University-managed accommodation will need to quarantine in their hall room on arrival.

Further information on the required tests is available further down this web page under the section titled 'Testing after arrival in England'. Details are also available on the Government website.

You will also need to take a lateral flow test before you access any buildings or facilities on the University campus (these tests can be booked via our Connect and Protect service).

You can opt into the voluntary Test to Release scheme and take a PCR test on day 5 of your quarantine period. If the result of this test is negative, you can end your quarantine. Test to Release tests can be booked via the Connect and Protect form. You can access one test free of charge at the start of the academic year; any additional tests under the Test to Release scheme would be charged.

Testing after arrival in England

Tests on day 2 or days 2 and 8

The University does not provide Covid tests for day 2 or days 2 and 8 but it is offering discounted tests (costing £43 per test) through an external provider.

If you have a Loughborough University email account, you should contact our Connect and Protect service via this form. If you do not have a University email account yet, you should email them at connectandprotect@lboro.ac.uk. You will then be sent a discount code and information on how to book your tests.

If you will be living in University-managed hall, the tests will be delivered to you in hall via the University’s Post Room. Once you have taken your test, staff in your hall will collect it from you and send it for processing.

If you will be living in private accommodation, your tests will be delivered to the address you gave. Once you have taken your test, you should arrange for someone to put it in the drop off box on campus or return the kit to the lab at the address provided in the pack.

Day 5 Test to Release tests

The University will provide one free of charge Test to Release Covid test on day 5 to students living in either University-management accommodation or in private accommodation. A negative test result will allow students to end their quarantine period at this point. Those travelling to the UK from red list countries cannot use the Test to Release scheme.

Vaccination programme in the UK

The UK's Department of Health has confirmed that students over the age of 18 arriving in the UK from overseas will be eligible for a vaccine. Further information is available on the Covid vaccines webpage.