Travel guide for students
Travel information for students arriving in England to start their course. There is also information about leaving England for short holidays during the scheduled breaks.
Travel information during Covid-19
Whether you are travelling home to spend time with your family during the Christmas period, or if you are planning to go on holiday to Europe during the break, please ensure you check the travel advice for the country of destination before making any bookings. Remember, even if the UK Government says it's OK to travel, you need to check the rules for your country of destination. The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office provides advice about travelling abroad, latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.
If you are planning to visit a country which will require you to apply for visa, please start your application early to avoid disappointment. If you are spending your break in the Schengen area, you can check the application requirements for each country on the Schengen Visa Information pages.
Flight tickets and travel insurance
Terms and conditions on flight tickets are different depending on the airline, if you cannot afford to buy a flexible ticket, please check that your fare will allow you to make at least one change, this is because due to the new variant, travel rules are being updated constantly depending on the country's situation so if the situation worsen in your destination, you are permitted to cancel your fight and await until the situation gets better to re-book. Note that all re-bookings are subject to seats availability and If the price of the new ticket is higher you will need to pay the difference.
Travel insurance policies WON'T cover cancellations due to future UK or foreign government no-travel rules, whether you need to cancel because you legally can't travel due to a local lockdown being reimposed, the Foreign Office has advised against travel to your intended destination, or the country itself won't let you in, you're very unlikely to be able to claim on your travel insurance.
Fit to fly Covid-19 test
COVID-19 testing for the purposes of international travel is not available on the NHS. Fit to fly tests are only available through private providers who must have self-declared that they meet the UK government's minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. The cost of a flit to fly test varies depending on the clinic and whether you would like to self-test at home or attend a clinic, when researching for test providers check how long it takes to get the certificate and if it will be approved for the entire journey, for example if you stop in a country different to your final destination.
Using your NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad
You should register with the NHS App before booking international travel. You can show the vaccination records contained within your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your COVID status when travelling abroad. Please note, the vaccination certificate given to you when you had your vaccine is not an acceptable document to prove your vaccination, so you will need to download the electronic document from the NHS App, the validity of the document is 30 days, but you can request as many as you want using the App.
Travel to England guidance
Please check the ‘Travel to England from another country during coronavirus’ page on GOV.UK to be kept up to date with the latest rules required for travel to England.
From 4am on Friday 18 March all remaining Covid-related travel restrictions will be removed to enter the UK. You do not need to:
- take any Covid-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
- fill in a UK passenger locator form before you travel
This will apply whether you are vaccinated or not. You will also not need to quarantine when you arrive in the UK.