New COVID-19 Guidance for international students living in the UK and Europe

Last updated: 13:40 GMT 07.04.2021


Country-specific information available

On this page you will find all the COVID-19 information and guidance you need regarding our International Study Centres and Colleges in the UK and Europe.

We have country-specific information for our International Study Centres and Colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and the Netherlands. 

Travelling to study in the UK

If, and when, you are planning on travelling to the UK to study on campus with us please be aware that a number of new rules have been introduced for ALL visitors arriving into the UK to help guard against the spread of COVID-19

Before you travel to the UK (including England, Scotland and Wales)

All international travellers to the UK are required to have had a negative test for COVID-19 up to 72 hours before travel.

From Monday 15 February 2021, you will also need to book two additional tests, to be carried out 2 and 8 days after you arrive in the UK. All these tests must be booked before you travel using the UK Government booking service here.

You will need to provide your journey and contact details 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You must do this by completing the online passenger locator form.

If you are travelling to Scotland or from one of the ‘red list’ countries

From Monday 15 February 2021, you will need to quarantine in a government approved ‘quarantine hotel’ once you arrive in the UK if you have travelled to England or Wales from any of the countries on the ‘red list’ of countries;

Or

you are travelling to Scotland from any country in the world.

You must pre-book and pay for your hotel quarantine before travelling. The booking site is here. The charge for this is £1,750 for transport to the hotel, accommodation including meals, and COVID-19 testing.

This rule applies if you have been in a ‘red list’ country in the past ten days before arriving into the UK.

You can see the full UK Government advice on entering the UK here.

Once you arrive in the UK

You will need to self-isolate (stay in your accommodation) for ten days.

You can only end self-isolation early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme. You will still have to take the 2 and 8 day tests even if you have a Test to Release result that is negative. If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time you must start a further 10-day isolation period.

Once you leave self-isolation, there are a number of rules everyone must follow to help avoid COVID-19.

These vary depending on which part of the United Kingdom you are in. Please check the relevant guidance using the links below:

Fraudsters and scammers

Finally, always be alert for fraudsters and scammers offering COVID-19 tests

In order to come and study with us in the UK, you now have to show a valid negative test result for COVID-19 obtained before you travel.

Unfortunately, and sadly, we have heard that some people are taking advantage of this by offering fake COVID-19 tests to international students. Please make sure you obtain your COVID-19 tests from a valid provider.

Things to check when arranging your COVID-19 test:
  • Check with your national public health website for approved test sites;
  • Consult your family doctor or local government approved clinic for advice;
  • Pay for the test at the medical facility directly and make sure you get a receipt;
  • Find out how much government approved clinics are charging for testing. If you receive offers of testing for a discounted rate, the chances are it’s a scam;
  • Do not respond to unsolicited emails/SMS meetings offering COVID-19 vaccinations or testing. Unless you are certain these come from official public health sources these are scams.

For all UK International Study Centre/College students

The easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in UK

The UK government recently announced an outline plan for the easing of lockdown restrictions across England and the Scottish Government recently announced an outline plan for the easing of lockdown restrictions in Scotland. Schools in England will reopen on 8 March 2021. Universities and International Study Centres in both England and Scotland are not yet able to open for face to face teaching, and a decision on when they can reopen will be made by the government after Easter.

Following this announcement, we confirm that we are not currently planning to move to face to face teaching at any of our International Study Centres or Colleges in the short term.

Your studies with us will continue to be via virtual learning. In the meantime we are consulting with our partner universities to establish when face to face teaching will commence, and we will update you in due course.

Our number one priority remains, as always, the safety and wellbeing of our students. As such, our approach to re-opening Centres will be gradual and very carefully managed and will be done in line with our partner universities and UK government guidance.

We will review the procedures and risk assessments in place at all of our Centres prior to reopening, to make sure the environment is as safe and secure as possible. We will be in contact and let you know about what this means for you in due course.

Negative COVID-19 test result requirement for travel to the United Kingdom

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for all international travellers to the UK to have had a negative test for COVID-19 up to 72 hours before travel. This applies to all transport routes, including planes, passenger ferries and EuroStar trains.

The Government has made it very clear that a negative test result does not avoid the need for self-isolation upon arrival in the UK.

You must self-isolate for 10 days when arriving in the UK from all countries except the Republic of Ireland. (The ‘travel corridor’ list of exempted countries has been withdrawn.) You can only end self-isolation early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.”

Please note that travellers from a number of countries including UAE, South America, Panama, Portugal, and Cabo Verde, are not currently allowed to enter the UK. For a full list please refer to the UK government website.

How the negative testing will work

Airlines and other transport providers will be expected to enforce this rule. Passengers attempting to travel without a negative test may be potentially denied boarding.

The test result will be incorporated into the Passenger Locator Form that all arrivals need to complete.

The new rules will be enforced by law; anyone attempting to enter the United Kingdom without a valid negative test result will be denied entry and could be fined at least £500.

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.

Planning your travel

There are details of planning your travel to the UK, and what to expect on arrival, here.

Starting your course

Following recent changes by the UK Government regarding COVID-19 restrictions, if you are starting your course in the next few weeks, it is very important that you please let us know how you will be starting your course. You may already have done this, however, we are asking if you could update the online registration form and complete the very short pre-arrival form. This will ensure that you have the best possible experience when you start your studies with us.

Whether you start your programme virtually from home or travel to the UK, your course will be online for a period of time at the start of the year. Universities in England are currently closed until the middle of February and your course will be with virtual online learning until this time. We will advise you separately when your course will transfer from virtual learning to blended learning*, a mixture of virtual and face to face teaching.

Changes to COVID-19 restrictions and latest information on these can be found below, on this page.

If you choose to travel and are travelling from a country not on the UK exemption (travel corridor) list you will need to self-isolate in your accommodation for 10 days when you arrive in the UK. Please note that this list is subject to change, often at short notice.

We would like to take this opportunity to assure you that your health, welfare and education is at the centre of everything we do. Our aim is to help you achieve your educational ambitions and to get you where you want to be.

*For all students studying at University of Huddersfield International Study Centre and University of Huddersfield – London, your course will be online until the middle of February when you will need to return to the centres for face to face learning. We will contact you again to let you know if this information changes.

England

The UK Government has announced new COVID-19 rules which take effect immediately from 5 January 2021 until further notice.

Due to Government regulations, all of our centres and colleges are closed with virtual teaching only taking place until the middle of February and the following lockdown rules and restrictions are in place:

  • Stay home - only leave for work, essential shopping, exercise or medical appointments
  • Exercise allowed outdoors once a day, in your local area. You can exercise with your household, support bubble, or one other person
  • Schools closed except for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. Universities and colleges closed
  • No household mixing indoors or outdoors unless in your support or childcare bubble
  • Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues closed
  • Pubs and restaurants closed, but takeaway food permitted.

This college is subject to England lockdown restrictions, please follow all the guidelines found at the top of the page.

Further information on status of college opening will be shared as soon as possible.

This college is subject to England lockdown restrictions, please follow all the guidelines found at the top of the page.

Further information on status of college opening will be shared as soon as possible.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

This centre is subject to guidelines found at top of page.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Scotland

From Midnight, 4 January 2021 until end of January 2021, new restrictions as per below will be introduced.

Please note that these changes do not directly affect Universities in Scotland, which remain open until further notice.

  • People will only be allowed to leave home for essential purposes, such as essential shopping, exercise and caring responsibilities
  • No limit is to be put on how many times people can go out to exercise, but outdoor meetings are to be limited to a maximum of two people from two households (excluding children under 12)
  • Schools are to remain closed to the majority of pupils until at least February
  • Everyone who can work from home will be required to, and people in the "shielding" category are advised not to go in to work at all
  • Places of worship are to close, the number of people who can attend weddings is to be cut to five, and funeral wakes will no longer be allowed

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

From Midnight, 4 January 2021 until end of January 2021, new restrictions as per below will be introduced.

Please note that these changes do not directly affect Universities in Scotland, which remain open until further notice.

  • People will only be allowed to leave home for essential purposes, such as essential shopping, exercise and caring responsibilities
  • No limit is to be put on how many times people can go out to exercise, but outdoor meetings are to be limited to a maximum of two people from two households (excluding children under 12)
  • Schools are to remain closed to the majority of pupils until at least February
  • Everyone who can work from home will be required to, and people in the "shielding" category are advised not to go in to work at all
  • Places of worship are to close, the number of people who can attend weddings is to be cut to five, and funeral wakes will no longer be allowed

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Wales

From 20 December 2020, all of Wales is at Alert Level 4.

  • You must stay at home
  • Not meet with anyone indoors or outdoors other than those you live with
  • Avoid travel including international travel
  • Non-essential retail is closed including gyms, leisure centres and hospitality
  • You are permitted to mix with up to two other households on Christmas Day only (25 December 2020).

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Ireland

Negative COVID-19 test result requirement for travel to the Republic of Ireland

The Irish Government has introduced a requirement for all travellers arriving in the Republic of Ireland to have a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.

If you arrive from Great Britain, the Republic of South Africa, or any country in South America, you must self isolate (stay in your room) for a period of 14 days following your arrival into Ireland. This applies even if have a negative COVID-19 test result or if you get second test once you are in the Republic of Ireland.

How the negative testing will work

The negative testing rules apply to both planes and passenger ferries. Airlines and other transport providers will be expected to enforce this rule. Passengers attempting to travel without a negative test may be potentially denied boarding.

The new rule is enforced by law; anyone attempting to enter the Republic of Ireland without a valid negative test result could face a fine of up to €2,500 or up to 6 months in prison.

The rule does not apply to passengers in transit nor to arrivals from Northern Ireland.

You can read full details on the Government website here. Please check these pages regularly as the rules may change at short notice.

‘Level 5’ COVID-19 precautions in Ireland

The Government has decided to extend the Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions until at least 5 March 2021. These measures, which are in place to protect everyone against the spread of COVID-19, affect what you are able to do while in the Republic of Ireland.

These measures mean:

  • You should continue to stay at home.
  • You can only exercise within 5 km of your home.
  • There must be no visits to other people’s homes or gardens, including student accommodation other than your own.
  • You can meet with one other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise.
  • Most non-essential shops and hairdressers will be closed. Bars and restaurants will only be able to provide a takeaway service.
  • You should only travel for essential purposes, for example to attend medical appointments or collect medicines. There will be only limited public transport available.
  • You may not travel between counties.
  • No amateur sports events are allowed.

When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home. Only shop during designated hours only, wear a face covering, and avoid public transport.

There is a full list of the Level 5 restrictions here.

Netherlands

Negative COVID-19 test result requirements for travel to the Netherlands (Holland)

The Dutch Government has introduced a requirement for people travelling to the Netherlands by aircraft, ship, ferry, international train to present a negative COVID-19 test result if they are coming from a country not on the EU safe countries list.

For passengers from the Schengen zone countries, the negative test result requirement applies only to public transport, and not to private coaches or cars.

The test used must be a COVID-19 PCR (polymerise chain reaction) test. No other type of test will be valid. The test sample must have been made no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the Netherlands. The test result must be written in Dutch, English, French, or Spanish. Full details of the test requirements are available here. You can see a copy of the declaration form here.

Passengers attempting to travel without a negative test may be potentially denied boarding. International train and coach passengers will be asked to provide a negative test result before boarding or before the first stop in the Netherlands.

The Government has made it very clear that a negative test result does not avoid the need for self-isolation upon arrival in the Netherlands. You should still self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands even if you have a negative test result.


Lockdown in order to minimise contact between people | News item | Government.nl

The Government has extended the lockdown rules in place until at least 2 March 2021.

This means that everyone must continue to follow the rules in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You must:

  • Continue to follow the curfew rules. Everyone must stays indoors between 9 pm and 4.30am. You should only go outside during curfew hours in the event of an emergency or if you need urgent medical assistance.
  • You should only go outdoors to buy essentials (such as food or medical supplies). You cannot collect food from takeaways between 8.45pm and 7am;
  • Only go outside on your own, with members of your household, or with one other person;
  • Only exercise outdoors, alone, or with one other person;
  • Meet with visitors to your home only if it is absolutely necessary;
  • Only use public transport for essential travel;
  • Stay 1.5 metres away (two arms-length) from others at all times.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands often.
  • Face masks are obligatory in all closed spaces including airports, public transport, taxis and Uber.
  • Visit no more than 1 other household per day.

You can see full details of the rules here.

A number of locations remain closed. These include:

  • Shops, except those selling essentials like food. (From 10 February, non-essential shops will be allowed to offer their customers the option of collecting their order in person.)
  • Essential stores, such as drug stores, will close at 8pm. Shops that sell food, such as supermarkets, will close at 8.45pm.
  • Locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers and nail salons;
  • Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, casinos, etc.;
  • Zoos, amusement parks, etc.;
  • Indoor sporting venues such as gyms, swimming pools, saunas, spas, etc.
  • Restaurants, bars and cafés.

Hotels will be open, but hotel restaurants will be closed.


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Further information about local restrictions in place in each location can be found on the Latest COVID-19 Government advice websites.