Travelling advice

If you are going to be travelling it is important to take precautions to avoid catching or passing on Covid-19.

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Travel by car with a friend or another student

You can share a car with other students or friends who live in your household or belong to your support bubble.

However, you should strictly follow the government’s Covid-19 safer travel guidance for passengers.

You can reduce the risk of transmission by:

  • opening windows for ventilation
  • considering seating arrangements to maximise the distance between people in the vehicle
  • cleaning your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
  • wearing a face covering
  • not sharing a car with anyone outside of your household or support bubble

By public transport

You should travel via private transport wherever possible – but, if you have to use public transport (e.g. bus, coach or train), you should strictly follow the government’s safer travel guidance.

This includes wearing a face covering unless you are exempt, planning your journey in advance to avoid busy times and routes, washing/sanitising your hands regularly, and keeping your distance while travelling.

Also, see Transport for London's guidance.

Travelling from abroad

From 4am on Monday 18 January 2021, it will be mandatory that you present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result before you to travel to the United Kingdom. The test must be done no earlier than 72 hours before you start your journey to the UK.

You will be asked to present evidence of this negative test result before you board to travel to the UK.

If you do not present proof of a negative test result, you may not be able to board and could be fined £500 on arrival into the UK.

You must take a test even if:

  • you are a UK citizen, or
  • you are coming from a country on the travel corridors list

If you are arriving to the UK before 4am on 18 January 2021, you are under no obligation to get a test before you travel.The government have advised that you should not be denied boarding for failing to provide proof of a negative test result, and should not be fined on arrival to the UK.

However, it is advised and encouraged that you try and obtain a test if possible in efforts to reduce the spread of infection.

Test requirements

The government have outlined some specific test requirements which must be met in order for your test to meet the standards for pre-departure testing. It is very important that you check these requirements carefully. You can find further information about meeting the testing requirements on the gov.uk website.

Please note that there are some exemptions for people who may not need to take a test. However, this may be subject to change. It is crucial that you continually check gov.uk for any changes as their website is being updated daily.

Positive or inconclusive test results

If your test result is positive, you must not travel. You must follow local rules and guidance for positive coronavirus cases.

If the result is inconclusive, you will need to take another test. British nationals who need consular assistance should contact the nearest consulate, embassy or high commission.