Last updated: Wednesday 28 June, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance:
Students preparing to study in the UK & Europe

Restrictions remain in place across England (United Kingdom)

The UK government announced that to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission there will be a staggered return to face-to-face delivery for universities for the remainder of this academic year. The government has indicated that from 17 May at the earliest, UK universities and International Study Centres will be able to return to face-to-face teaching.

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 re-opening, 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.

The current COVID-19 restrictions affect the following Study Group colleges and International Study Centres in England, including:

Restrictions if you are currently in England:

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Government website.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, a negative COVID-19 test result is a 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 can find full details on what you must do before travelling to the UK here.

What you must do when you arrive into the UK depends on which country you are travelling from and where you have been for the past 10 days.

For information on the red, amber, green list of countires and the rules when you arrive please see here

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.

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 17 May and your course will be delivered by 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. 

*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 May 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.

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, please visit thegovernment website.

Currently, the policy for under 18s quarantining in hotels is under review by the UK Government. Please check here on a regular basis for updates.

No. When they arrive in the UK they will need to register with a GP (Dr) and then will be eligible to participate in the UK vaccination roll-out.

This varies by provider. More information can be found here.

Please see this page for all the information on requirements for students self-isolating when entering UK from an Amber list country.

If a student tests positive whilst in quarantine, the 10-day period will restart on the first day after the positive test was taken.

Please see this page for a list of all countries and whether they are red, amber or green.

No. The test on day 2 and 8 need to be booked and paid for prior to arrival in the UK. See here for further information.

All students with the correct UKVI visa will be able to enter the UK. Entry is not dependent on whether they have received a vaccine or which one it was. Everyone entering from a red of amber country will need to follow the relevant quarantine/self-isolating rules irrespective of whether they have had a vaccine or not. See here for further information.

Please see here for information on quarantine hotels. There is a standard fee of £1,750 for ALL hotels.

All students with the correct UKVI visa will be able to enter the UK. Entry is not dependent on whether they have received a vaccine or which one it was. Everyone entering from a red or amber country will need to follow the relevant quarantine/self-isolating rules irrespective of whether they have had a vaccine or not. See here for further information.

Restrictions remain in place across Scotland (United Kingdom)

On 26 April 2021, the Scottish government announced a further relaxation of some of the rules about what we can all do during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Non-essential shops and stores are now able to re-open, as can close-contact businesses like beauty salons. Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres can also re-open.

You can now travel throughout Scotland, as well as to other parts of the United Kingdom.

Rules like reduced capacity, social distancing and frequent hand-sanitising will be in place – please make sure you follow these.

Please remember, too, that the other precautions the government has introduced to protect us all from COVID-19 are still in place and must be followed by everyone. You can read the full government guidance here.

While this relaxation of the rules will mean there is more we can all do, we want to you stay safe while you are out and about. Please to take care and be vigilant during this time, and always avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

The current COVID-19 restrictions affect the following Study Group International Study Centres in Scotland, including:

Restrictions if you are currently in Scotland:

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Government website.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, a negative COVID-19 test result is a 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 can find full details on what you must do before travelling to the UK here.

What you must do when you arrive into the UK depends on which country you are travelling from and where you have been for the past 10 days.

For information on the red, amber, green list of countires and the rules when you arrive please see here

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.

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.

Universities in Scotland are currently open to students. You have the choice to study your programme virtually from home or at an International Study Centre where your course is a mix of face to face teaching and online learning.

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the government website.

Currently, the policy for under 18s quarantining in hotels is under review by the UK Government. Please check here on a regular basis for updates.

No. When they arrive in the UK they will need to register with a GP (Dr) and then will be eligible to participate in the UK vaccination roll-out.

This varies by provider. More information can be found here.

Please see this page for all the information on requirements for students self-isolating when entering UK from an Amber list country.

If a student tests positive whilst in quarantine, the 10-day period will restart on the first day after the positive test was taken.

Please see this page for a list of all countries and whether they are red, amber or green.

No. The test on day 2 and 8 need to be booked and paid for prior to arrival in the UK. See here for further information.

All students with the correct UKVI visa will be able to enter the UK. Entry is not dependent on whether they have received a vaccine or which one it was. Everyone entering from a red of amber country will need to follow the relevant quarantine/self-isolating rules irrespective of whether they have had a vaccine or not. See here for further information.

Please see here for information on quarantine hotels. There is a standard fee of £1,750 for ALL hotels.

All students with the correct UKVI visa will be able to enter the UK. Entry is not dependent on whether they have received a vaccine or which one it was. Everyone entering from a red or amber country will need to follow the relevant quarantine/self-isolating rules irrespective of whether they have had a vaccine or not. See here for further information.

Restrictions remain in place across Wales (United Kingdom)

The Welsh government has relaxed some of the rules about what we can all do during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Travel through Wales, and between Wales and the rest of the UK and Ireland is now allowed, but you must check the restrictions in the area you are travelling to. For further information on restrictions in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, please see here.

Please remember, too, that the other precautions the government has put in place to protect us all from COVID-19 are still in place, and must be followed by everyone.

Full details of the COVID-19 precautions are available here.

The current COVID-19 restrictions affect the following Study Group colleges or International Study Centre in Wales:

Restrictions if you are currently in Wales:

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Government website.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, a negative COVID-19 test result is a 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 can find full details on what you must do before travelling to the UK here.

What you must do when you arrive into the UK depends on which country you are travelling from and where you have been for the past 10 days.

For information on the red, amber, green list of countires and the rules when you arrive please see here

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.

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 Wales are currently closed until 17 May and your course will be delivered by 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. 

*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 May 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.

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the government website.

Currently, the policy for under 18s quarantining in hotels is under review by the UK Government. Please check here on a regular basis for updates.

No. When they arrive in the UK they will need to register with a GP (Dr) and then will be eligible to participate in the UK vaccination roll-out.

This varies by provider. More information can be found here.

Please see this page for all the information on requirements for students self-isolating when entering UK from an Amber list country.

If a student tests positive whilst in quarantine, the 10-day period will restart on the first day after the positive test was taken.

Please see this page for a list of all countries and whether they are red, amber or green.

No. The test on day 2 and 8 need to be booked and paid for prior to arrival in the UK. See here for further information.

All students with the correct UKVI visa will be able to enter the UK. Entry is not dependent on whether they have received a vaccine or which one it was. Everyone entering from a red of amber country will need to follow the relevant quarantine/self-isolating rules irrespective of whether they have had a vaccine or not. See here for further information.

Please see here for information on quarantine hotels. There is a standard fee of £1,750 for ALL hotels.

All students with the correct UKVI visa will be able to enter the UK. Entry is not dependent on whether they have received a vaccine or which one it was. Everyone entering from a red or amber country will need to follow the relevant quarantine/self-isolating rules irrespective of whether they have had a vaccine or not. See here for further information.

Restrictions remain in place across the Republic of Ireland

The Irish government has relaxed some of the rules about what we can all do following the COVID-19 lockdown.

You can now travel anywhere within Dublin county. This replaces the previous 5km travel restriction rule.

Please remember that the other precautions the government has put in place to protect us all from COVID-19 are still in place, and must be followed by everyone.

There is a full list of the restrictions here.

The current COVID-19 restrictions affect the following Study Group International Study Centre in Ireland:

Restrictions if you are currently in Ireland:

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Government website.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, everyone arriving into the Republic of Ireland will need to quarantine on arrival.

Before travelling to Ireland you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form and have had a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive in Ireland.

Everyone arriving into Ireland must undertake a 14-day quarantine period at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form.

Yes, if you are arriving from a country on the ‘Category 2’ list.

People arriving from Category 2 countries need to quarantine at a designated facility (a ‘quarantine hotel’) upon arrival into the Republic of Ireland.

On 15 April, the Irish government extended the list of ‘Category 2’ countries for which additional entry restrictions apply as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The list of additional countries is:

  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Curaçao
  • France
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Pakistan
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • USA

The full list of countries is here.

Anyone who has departed from or travelled through any of the Category 2 countries in the previous 14 days will be refused entry unless they are a Republic of Ireland or UK national or have a right of residence in the Republic of Ireland.

As an international student, you will need to have valid visa for entry into the Republic of Ireland. Please note that the Republic of Ireland has generally ceased accepting new visa/preclearance applications globally.

Before travelling to Ireland you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form and have had a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive in Ireland.

If you are arriving from a Category 2 country

After your arrival in the Republic of Ireland from a Category 2 country, you will need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days. If you have a negative or ‘not detected’ COVID-19 test on day 10, you can complete your quarantine period in accommodation other than the quarantine hotel.

You must pre-book and pay for your hotel quarantine before travelling.

Bookings can be made here. There are more details about quarantine hotels here.

These restrictions are until further notice.

The government has relaxed some of the rules about what we can all do following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Outdoor meetings of two households are now allowed, and two fully vaccinated people (that is, who have had both doses) can now meet indoors.

You can now travel anywhere within Dublin county. This replaces the previous 5km travel restriction rule.

Please remember that the other precautions the government has put in place to protect us all from COVID-19 are still in place and must be followed by everyone.

There is a full list of the restrictions here.

Restrictions remain in place across the Netherlands

Holland is progressing in the step-by-step reopening plan.

Basic rules applies everywhere (1.5 meters social distancing)

Testing is free of charge and widely available, few hours waiting times.

Updated full information in English here.

Infographic here.

Travel Restrictions

If you are currently outside the Netherlands and wish to travel or return to the Netherlands, you need to check the restrictions before you travel.

The restrictions change by country and are often updated (about every 2 weeks). So everyone must check their travel on the Dutch Government Website.

The current COVID-19 restrictions affect the following Study Group International Study Centre:

Holland International Study Centre is fully compliant with Health and Safety rules for higher education and all national regulations.

In addition Study Group are further protecting all their staff and international students are ensuring the following:

  • Universities and ISC are partially open. In principle each student can attend in-person classes one day per week, under certain conditions.
  • Students and staff must stay 1.5 metres apart at all times in and around the institution’s buildings. This also applies to students who are not yet 18. Classes are set to have minimum 1.5 among staff and students.
  • From 1 December 2020 students and staff must wear a face mask for general use while moving through the institution’s buildings. They can take off the face mask if they are seated or standing at their allocated place.
  • Hand sanitizers are available in all areas of the ISC
  • Increased covid-proof cleaning regimes are in place
  • Classes are staggered to minimise crowds.

Universities expect more re-opening from September 2021 but this is still to be confirmed.

Restrictions if you are currently in Holland:

For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Government website.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, you must show a negative COVID-19 test result if you are travelling to or returning to the Netherlands. This applies to most countries and to everyone aged 13 or over. The negative test result is mandatory if you are travelling by air, ship, or international train, coach or by private transport, such as by car or motorcycle.

This requirement also applies even if you have been vaccinated.

For further information please see the Dutch Government website.

Yes, 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.

If you are coming from a country where the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low (a safe country) you do not need to show a negative test result when you travel to the Netherlands. You are also not required to self-quarantine when you arrive in the Netherlands.

Safe countries with a low COVID-19 risk

Safe countries outside the EU/Schengen area

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau). Only if China lifts entry restrictions on European travellers. Travellers from China are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test declaration.
  • Israel

Safe countries within the EU/Schengen area

  • Iceland
  • Portgual
  • Finland
  • Malta
  • Ireland
  • Spain: the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands only
  • Greece: the North Aegean Region, the South Aegean Region and the Ionian Islands Region only
  • Norway (excluding Oslo and the county of Agder)
  • Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)

Safe countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • St Maarten
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius

We will get you to where you want to be

Our aim is to get you to where you want to be, studying for a postgraduate or undergraduate degree. If you have any questions about your studies, please contact your education representative.