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

Last updated: 14:50 GMT 14.01.2021


For all UK International Study Centre/College students

From 04:00 GMT on Friday 18 January 2021.

The UK Government is introducing a requirement for all international travellers to the United Kingdom 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.

Passengers attempting to travel without a negative test may be potentially denied boarding. The Government has said that the test result will be incorporated into the Passenger Locator Form that all arrivals need to complete.

The new rule 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. You must still self-isolate for 10 days after arriving in the UK from outside a travel corridor country.

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 from Great Britain or South Africa

The Irish Government has introduced a requirement for all travellers arriving in the Republic of Ireland from Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) or South Africa to have a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR (polymerise chain reaction) test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.

This applies 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. If you travel through a port or airport in Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) on your way to the Republic of Ireland, you do not currently need to take a test. Also, if you pass through the Republic of Ireland on your way to another destination, you do not need to take the test in Ireland, although please note that you will need a negative test result to enter England.

If you arrive from Great Britain or South Africa you are advised to >self isolate (stay in your room) for a period of 14 days following your arrival into Ireland.

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

‘Level 5’ COVID-19 precautions in Ireland

‘Level 5’ restrictions have been extended by the Irish government to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These affect what you are able to do while in the Republic of Ireland.

What the measures mean:

  • You should 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, while wearing 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

With immediate effect

  • Only go outdoors alone, with members of your household or in a group of no more than 2 people.
  • You should receive no more than 2 visitors aged 13 or over to your home per day.
    • On 24, 25 and 26 December you may receive 3 visitors aged 13 or over at home.
  • Non-essential shops will be closed incl Locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers, and nail salons
  • Hotels will be open, but hotel restaurants will be closed and room service will be unavailable.
  • It will still be possible to borrow books from libraries.
  • You are strongly advised to work from home.
  • Adults may take part in sports activities on their own or with one other person, but only outdoors. Children aged 17 and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children at the same club, but only outdoors.
  • Public transport is for essential travel only.
  • Do not book any foreign travel until mid-March at the earliest and do not travel abroad.
  • The only contact-based professions that can continue are those of a medical and paramedical nature.

Education

From 16 December to at least 17 January inclusive, educational institutions will mainly be providing remote teaching


With immediate effect from 14 October the following restrictions are in place:

  • The rule of 1.5 metre social distance is of paramount importance to prevent the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19) and must be respected by everyone in Holland ISC at all times.
  • Wearing face masks in classrooms is still encouraged but not required. You can remove your facemask once you reach your seat as long as you always keep a minimum of 1.5 metre distance from others.
  • In secondary and higher education institutions (VO, MBO and HO) everyone must wear a face mask outside lessons.
  • Indoors and outdoors a group must have no more than 4 people from different households.
  • If you are aged 13 or over, wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
  • All establishments that serve food and drinks must close. Take-away will still be possible.
  • Retail stores must close no later than 20.00. There will be no late-night shopping.
  • No alcohol will be sold or delivered between 20.00 and 07.00.
  • Between 20.00 and 07.00 you may not drink alcohol or have it on your person in public spaces.

People arriving in the Netherlands (Holland) from most countries should self-quarantine for 10 days. Travellers from a number of countries are exempt from the self-quarantine rules. The list of exempt countries can be seen here.

Key restrictions in the Netherlands include:

  • You should stay 1.5 metres apart from other people, and avoid crowds, when you are out and about
  • A non-medical face mask is required when you travel by public transport

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

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