Travelling to the UK
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions mean this is an unsettling time for many students hoping to study in the UK this autumn. The UK Government rules and restrictions are constantly being evaluated so please make sure that you refer to the latest information regarding travel to the UK on the gov.uk website, as well as checking any restrictions in your own country before making any travel arrangements.
Rules about arriving in the UK
From 4 October, if you are travelling to the UK, please follow the guidance below.
Red list: Check if you are travelling from a red list country. If you are a British or Irish national or an international student with the right to stay in the UK, you will still be able to enter the country if you have been in or transited through a red country in the last 10 days. However, you must comply with the following steps:
- quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel on arrival for 10 days
- book the managed quarantine package before you travel. All red-list travellers will be accommodated in a hotel. You can find more information on booking and staying in a quarantine hotel on the gov.uk website. You need to quarantine even if you have been fully or partially vaccinated against Covid-19.
Rest of world and fully vaccinated: If you are travelling from a country which is not on the red list and you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, you must:
- complete a passenger locator form within the 48 hours before you arrive in England,
- book and pay for a day 2 Covid-19 test to be taken after arrival in England
- complete your Covid-19 test on day two.
You do not need to:
- take a test before leaving your home country or on day eight after your arrival in the UK
- complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine on arrival.
You must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated and be prepared to provide relevant documentation.
Rest of world and not fully vaccinated: If you are travelling from a country which is not on the red list and you have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, you must:
- take a pre-departure test three days before you travel to England. Please note that your test certificate must be in English, French or Spanish
- book and pay for day two and day eight Covid-19 tests to be taken once you arrive in England
- complete a passenger locator form within the 48 hours before you arrive in England
- quarantine in your accommodation for 10 days
- complete your Covid-19 tests on days two and eight.
You may be able to end your quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
What vaccine do I need to have had in order to be accepted by the UK as fully vaccinated?
From 4am Monday 4 October, you will qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated either:
- under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
- with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Formulations of the four listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines only if they were administered in the countries listed above.
You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.
You can find further information about accepted vaccines on the gov.uk website, while the Department for Health & Social Care has put together a page of vaccine- and travel-related FAQs for international students.
The NHS has also shared some helpful information for university students (pdf, 133kb), including information specific to international students, which can be viewed or downloaded.
If you need to quarantine in your student accommodation when you get here, please don’t worry. So long as you are living in BU student accommodation, we will provide you with bedding and a food starter-pack, so that you are able to arrive and settle in for your quarantine period.
If you are moving into private accommodation, please speak to your provider or landlord for further information about when you can move in. You will also need to arrange for food and other essential items to be delivered to you during this 10-day period, if you need to quarantine in your accommodation on arrival. More information about how to do this can be found on our Managing Covid-19 FAQs page.
We will update you with any significant changes relating to travelling to Bournemouth over the coming months, but please make sure you understand the latest UK information, as well as checking any restrictions in your own country before making any travel arrangements. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch with us by contacting our International Admissions team.
Frequently asked questions
I am an international student. Can I travel to Bournemouth to start my studies in September?
When am I able to move into my student accommodation?
When I arrive into the UK will I need to self-isolate (quarantine) for 10 days?
I am an international student. Will I still be eligible for the Graduate Immigration Route after my studies?
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