Coronavirus information for international students

Coronavirus information
for international students

We know the changing guidelines around entering and studying in the UK are confusing. So, we’ve pulled together some useful information for international students and applicants on this page.

For the latest information, please refer to UK Government guidance and if you have any questions, contact us at 

Travel into England is split into ‘red list’ and the ‘rest of the world list’. You can find the full guidance on the Government’s website with some key points below.

Before booking travel to the UK, you’ll need to find out whether you’re coming from or have been through a red list country. Please make sure you understand the measures in place for each country. These currently include: 

Travel from the rest of the world if you are fully vaccinated

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 PCR test before you leave for England
  • complete your passenger locator form– any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England. You must quarantine until you receive a negative day 2 COVID-19 PCR test, or until you leave England, whichever is sooner. If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine. If your test result is positive or unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.

Visit the Government website to find details of approved vaccination programmes. You must be able to prove you are fully vaccinated.

Travel from the rest of the world if you are not fully vaccinated

  • Passenger locator form before you leave for England
  • Pre-departure test in the 3 days before you leave for England 
  • PCR testing on or before day 2 and day 8 after you arrive in England, to be booked before you arrive in England 
  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • Test to release you for self-isolation is possible on day 5 after you arrive 

Travel from a red list country

You need to quarantine upon arrival in England. The length and location of your isolation vary depending on where you've travelled from. You can find the full guidance on the Government’s website with key points below.

If you are travelling from the 'rest of the world' (non-red list country) and are fully vaccinated you need to self-isolate while you await your day-2 PCR test result. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days.

If you are travelling from the 'rest of the world' (non-red list country) and are not fully vaccinated under a recognised vaccination programme, you will need to quarantine in your accommodation for 10 days when you arrive at UCA. Here’s some useful information: 

  • Please do not leave your accommodation or come on to campus until your period of self-isolation is complete. 
  • The self-test Covid-19 kits available at UCA cannot be used for further PCR testing on day 2 and day 8. 
  • You may be able to release yourself from self-isolation from day 5 under the Test to release scheme.
  • If you’re in UCA accommodation and need support or advice, please contact your accommodation team: 





If you’re staying in private accommodation and need support or advice, please contact the Gateway for your campus: 





If you are coming from or through a 'red list' country you will need to pay to stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days upon your arrival in England. 

To ensure your first arrival to UCA runs as smoothly as possible, we are offering the following support to our international students: 

  • Covid-19 travel testing fees: we will reimburse up to £210 to your account after enrolment, upon proof of paying for travel tests required by the UK Government. We will only reimburse these costs for one trip to the UK. 

Please contact for more information. 

Students are expected to come to the UK to learn on campus with us. If there are any issues, please contact us at as soon as possible.  

When you arrive in the UK it’s important you register with a local GP (General Practitioner/Doctor). The National Health Service (NHS) provides a comprehensive service to register international students. 

And if you’re not already fully vaccinated, you can also book your free Covid-19 vaccinations. Once you are registered with your GP, you can check out the NHS website for more information on booking a Covid-19 vaccination.