International travel: restrictions and quarantine (self-isolation)
Travel restrictions and quarantine (self-isolation) advice for international students coming to Bristol and students going abroad.
On this page:
- Travel to the UK
- If you have to quarantine (self-isolate) when you arrive
- Get tested before you return to campus
- Travel from the UK
- Travel to a country on the red list
- Tests for travel
- Undergraduate students on study and work abroad placements
- Support for international students travelling to Bristol this September
Travel to the UK
Check the government advice about entering the UK.
What you must do before you travel and when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you travel.
Countries are rated as red, amber or green for coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Red list: High-risk countries
- Amber list: Moderate-risk countries
- Green list: Low-risk countries
Each list includes rules you must follow to enter England. Find out which list your country is on.
|Action to complete||Green||Amber||Red|
|Passenger locator form||yes||yes||yes|
|Managed quarantine at hotel||no||no||10 days|
|Self-isolation at own accommodation||no||10 days*||n/a|
|Test to release||n/a||On day 5||no|
|PCR testing||On or before day 2||On or before day 2||On or before day 2|
|Further PCR testing||no||day 8||day 8|
*Unless fully vaccinated in the UK, EU or USA more than 14 days before arrival in which case follow the rules for the green list.
Find out about help for testing for travel.
If you have to quarantine (self-isolate) for 10 days when you arrive
If you are required to quarantine when you arrive in the UK we can support you.
During this time you may receive a visit from someone from Mitie, a company employed by the government to make sure you are complying with your legal duty to self-isolate.
The staff will be wearing NHS Test and Trace uniforms. They will identify themselves verbally and present an ID card with information including their name, role, and employer.
Breaking quarantine rules
If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.
Get tested before you return to campus
Get tested before you return to campus. You must have completed your self-isolation first.
Travel from the UK
You can travel internationally but must follow the rules.
Travelling to a country on the red list
Tests for travel
We will pay for you to take a test in certain circumstances. Find out about tests needed for travel and claiming back expenses.
Undergraduate students on study and work abroad placements
When you return to the UK follow the government guidance.
When you travel
If and when you travel, make sure you have appropriate travel insurance in place. We provide free business travel insurance if you are travelling on approved University trips. You should apply for insurance cover from our Insurance Office and ensure our Global Opportunities team is aware of your travel.
When you enter or return to the UK you may need to quarantine (self-isolate). Find out what you need to do.
Support for international students travelling to Bristol for 2021/22 academic year
The University will help with the costs of coronavirus testing and quarantine where required. If you are arriving from or have travelled through:
- a green list country, we will cover the cost of the test package you need.
- an amber list country, we will cover the cost of the test package you need.
- a red list country, we will reimburse you for the cost of this hotel stay (currently £1,750 - £2,250).
We will support you when you arrive, whichever country you are arriving from. Find out if you are eligible for support.
Study Abroad and Erasmus students
Study Abroad and Erasmus students are expected to be present in Bristol for their studies in 2021/22, and are not allowed to carry out your exchange remotely. Contact the Global Opportunities Team email: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any queries about your course.