UK border control
What you need to do before you travel and when you arrive in the UK will vary depending on where you are travelling from.
Travel to the UK from a country not banned from entry to the UK
If you are travelling to the UK from a country that is not currently subject to a travel ban you are still required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the UK and you can supply details of your own quarantine accommodation including halls of residence. Full details are on the UK Government website.
- You must have proof of a valid negative coronavirus test which you took in the 3 days before the departure of your journey to the UK
- You will need to pre-book and pay £210 for a travel test package which includes COVID-19 tests: one to be taken on or before day 2 and the second on or after day 8 of your period of quarantine
- You must complete a Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before you arrive in the UK confirming your negative test result and your quarantine address for your travel test package to be sent
- You can still opt into and pay for the Test to Release scheme
The Common Travel Area is an agreement between the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Mann and the Republic of Ireland which allows free movement between countries, if you have remained in the CTA for the full 10 days before travelling to the UK you do not need to take a test.
Travel to the UK from a country banned from entry to the UK
If you are travelling to the UK from a country on the red list of travel ban countries and have been in or through any of the countries on the list in the previous 10 days you will not be allowed entry to the UK, check this list before you make any travel plans as it will be updated regularly.
There is an exception for British nationals, Irish nationals and those who have residence rights in the UK. You have residence rights in the UK if you have indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), Pre-Settled or Settled Status, a long-term visa or residence permit such as a Student visa. If you come under this exception you will be able to travel to the UK from a red-list country, but you will have to enter and pay for mandatory hotel quarantine for ten days upon entry to the UK. If you would like advice on whether you can travel to the UK and if so what form of quarantine you will need to undertake you can email our international student advisers on firstname.lastname@example.org and they can help you.
The following rules will apply before and when you arrive in the UK:
- You must have proof of a valid negative coronavirus test, which you took in the 3 days before the departure of your journey to the UK
- You will need to pre-book and agree to pay the £1,750 fee for a 10-day period of quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel through one of the approved ports of entry, transport to your hotel will be provided
- You must complete a Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before you arrive in the UK confirming your negative test result and your quarantine package reference
- Take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine, the tests will be provided in your quarantine package
- You cannot use the Test to Release scheme when you arrive in the UK
If you do need to travel please read the instructions on the UK government website carefully because if you break the quarantine rules or do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you travel you could be fined up to £10,000 or imprisoned for up to 10 years or both. Contact our international student advisors on email@example.com and they can give you advice on your own personal circumstances.
You will also need your passport or identity card to enter the UK. If you are from the EEA or Switzerland from the 1 October 2021 you will not be able to use your identity card unless you have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit.
You may also need a visa depending on the reason for your visit to the UK.
Make sure you read the UK government guidance on this in advance and be prepared.
Returning to the UK for visa compliance reasons
If you need to return to the UK to satisfy the conditions of a EU Settlement Scheme application or a Graduate Route visa then please check our Brexit pages for further guidance. You should also contact our international student advisers on firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise you.
Registering with the UK police
After arriving, students from some countries are required to register with the police within seven days of arrival. If you need to register, this should be written on your visa or Biometric Residence Permit as ‘Police Registration’ or ‘Pol Registration’. In some cases it may only written on the decision letter you received from the Home Office when the supporting documents from your visa application were returned to you, so please do check this as well.
We arrange group police registration sessions for new students. For more information and to book a place on a session visit our Police Registration page.
Visit the Sussex Police website for all information on police registration.