Before you arrange to travel please check the UK Government website for the latest information and restrictions on entering the UK and living in England.
At this time the UK Government has banned entry to England for those who have travelled from or via a number of countries due to new strains of the virus. The UKVI have told us that students with a long-term visa including a Student route or Tier 4 visa and those with settlement in the UK are regarded as residents so should be able to travel.
Read UKCISA guidance for international students travelling from the UK's red list of travel ban countries
Quarantine and self-isolation
The Government has introduced a number of quarantine and self-isolation instructions for anyone arriving in the UK. Further information relating to this can be found on the Government webpages.
Keep checking the UK Government travel guidance
It’s important you keep checking for updates before you travel to find out if you are able to enter the UK, what you must do before you travel, upon arrival and the rules about self-isolating once you are here.
‘Travel corridors’ are currently suspended. Read the coronavirus: travel corridors guidance for more information.
We strongly advise you to check with your airline before you go to the airport and check the latest guidance on the UK Government website.
What you need to enter the UK
If you are travelling don’t forget you’ll need to make sure you have:
- a completed passenger locator form
- proof of a negative coronavirus test
Find out more about the documents you’ll need because of coronavirus.
To help you settle in and so you do not have to leave your accommodation unnecessarily, we will provide you with a quarantine pack (basic food such as pasta, rice, tea etc/bedding/kitchen utensils) upon arrival, which we will deliver to your flat. Please then make sure you read the guidance on self-isolating, so you are aware of what support services are available to you, including how to order food deliveries.
Find out more about how to come onto our campuses.
For those that have a condition on their vignette to register with the Police, if you are living in Essex you will need to create an account when you arrive in the UK and request an appointment via the Essex Police website. Appointments are limited due to lockdown and they have a backlog due to COVID. Please don’t worry if you can’t register within seven days of arrival in the UK just make sure you’ve created your account and are waiting for an appointment. If you have a Police Registration Certificate and it needs to be updated you will also need to create and account and request an appointment. If you have any questions about registering you’ll need to contact Essex Police. Find out more about who is required to register and the process.
Right to study checks and collecting your BRP
When you arrive in the UK and have finished self-isolating, if required, you’ll be able to arrange to get your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) from the place you’ve chosen and attend an Identity/Right to Study check. Please don’t worry about the usual time limits for BRP collection, due to Covid-19 we can keep hold of your BRP much longer. If you are collecting your BRP at the Colchester or Loughton Campus see our website for more information.
Full details about self-isolation are in government guidance on how to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.