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

A list of any ‘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 reimbursed 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 travelled from their permanent residence in red list countries. This applied to students who were continuing to study with us 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 was made as a credit against remaining tuition fees or University-managed accommodation fees. To claim reimbursement students needed to complete a claim form including evidence of their red list hotel quarantine payment confirmation and negative day 8 Covid test. They were notified of the outcome of their application for reimbursement within 4 weeks of submission. In some cases they were asked for further evidence that the costs of quarantine were borne by them.

Requests for reimbursement had to be made as soon as possible after the students' return to campus and by Sunday 6th February 2022 at the latest.

Additional information for sponsored students

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

If you paid your own quarantine cost, but a sponsor is paying your tuition fees, and you are not in University accommodation, the cost was reimbursed to you into a UK bank account in your name. We could not make payment to overseas bank accounts or accounts not in your name.

The University only reimbursed quarantine charges directly related to your quarantine.

Quarantine cost reimbursement for new students (January 2022 entrants)

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

The reimbursement was made as a credit against remaining tuition fees or University-managed accommodation fees. To claim reimbursement students had to complete a claim form including evidence of their red list hotel quarantine payment confirmation and negative day 8 Covid test. They were notified of the outcome of their application for reimbursement within 4 weeks of submission. In some cases we asked for further evidence that the costs of quarantine were borne by them. 

Requests for reimbursement had to be submitted as soon as possible after the student's arrival on campus and by Sunday 6th February 2022 at the latest.

Additional information for sponsored students

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

If you paid your own quarantine cost, but a sponsor is paying your tuition fees, and you are not in University accommodation, the cost was reimbursed to you into a UK bank account in your name. We could not make payment to overseas bank accounts or accounts not in your name.

The University would 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 within two days of your arrival in England. Further information is available on the Government website. Details of the vaccines recognised in England are also available on the Government website.

You will also need to take regular tests while at the University. Further information is available on our Testing webpage.

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 regular tests while at the University. Further information is available on our Testing webpage.

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 will have to pay for these test.

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 a Test to Release Covid test on day 5 to students living in either University-management accommodation or in private accommodation. You will have to pay for this test. 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.