Travelling to England from a ‘red list’ country

Travelling to England from a ‘red list’ country

Those who have residence rights in the UK are permitted to enter England from a ‘red list’ country. If you have UK Student immigration permission, you are considered to have residence rights in the UK and are permitted to enter. You must quarantine in a government approved hotel if you are entering England from a ‘red list’ country, or have been in a ‘red list’ country in the previous 10 days. You will need to book and pay for the government approved hotel before travelling to England. The cost is £1750 for 1 adult. The UK government guidance confirms that you must stay in a government approved hotel, which means that you cannot stay in Queen Mary accommodation for this quarantine period. You will book and pay for your quarantine hotel on the CTM portal. Please also check the pre-departure testing requirements.

There is some guidance from the UK government about managed quarantine and what to expect.

We have been informed that, provided the UK Visa Application Centre in your country/region is still open, Student visa applications will continue to be processed in ‘red list’ countries. Priority and Super Priority services may not be available. Applications for Visitor permission may be held until those without residence rights are permitted to travel to England from ‘red list’ countries.

Please check the deadlines for entering the UK in order to be eligible for the Graduate Route to stay and work in the UK after your studies. The deadline depends on how long your course is, whether you have previously been in the UK and when you started your course.

If you are travelling from a country which is not on the ‘red list’ and have not been in a ‘red list’ country in the previous 10 days, then you must book a travel test package and self-isolate in the place you are staying for 10 days.

Please note that the ‘red list’ countries are updated frequently. You should check the UK government information at the time you are due to travel to England.

The information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but is subject to change. Check the UK government requirements before planning your travel.