The UK Government has recently added India, UAE, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kenya to its list of ‘red list’ of countries from which routine travel to the UK is not permitted. This is a measure to prevent the spread of new variants of COVID-19.
Anyone who has departed from or travelled through these countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry unless they are a UK or Irish national or have a right of residence in the UK.
As an international student, you will need to have valid visa for entry in the UK, and you will need take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.
After your arrival in the UK, you will need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for 10 days.
You must pre-book and pay for your hotel quarantine before travelling. The charge for this is £1,750 for transport to the hotel, accommodation including meals, and COVID-19 testing. There is an additional charge of £41 each day if you need to quarantine for more than 10 days. There are more details here.
You cannot get round this restriction by travelling via a third country.
There are strict penalties for anyone breaking these rules. Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your Passenger Locator Form.
You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.
If you break the quarantine rules you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.
These restrictions are until further notice.
Full details of the test requirements are on the UK Government website here. Please check these pages regularly as the rules may change at short notice.
There are details of planning your travel to the UK, and what to expect on arrival, here.