Travel Information

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.

You can also access the Travel Information in a Word document format. The information in this leaflet is correct as of 10 January 2022, but is subject to change, readers must check the England travel advice for the most up to date information. 


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.  


What you must do when you arrive in England will depend on the current government rules. You must check the most up to date information before you travel.

To be sure you have all the information you need, follow these steps:

  1. Check the most up to date information before you travel.
  2. Understand your vaccination status
  3. Tell London Met your arrival date in the UK by emailing our International Advice Service so we can ensure you have the most up to date information


Your vaccination program is deemed to have been completed 14 days after receiving your second dose, if the vaccine is a single dose, you will complete your program 14 days after your single dose. Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.


Before arriving:

  • Book a rapid lateral flow test or PCR test to be taken after arriving in the UK, Free NHS test are not accepted, you must pay a test with a private provider.
  • Complete the passenger locator form, within 48 hours before arriving in England.

After arriving:

  • Take the test you booked before the end of your second day. The day you arrive is day 0 you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for the results.

What to do after getting your PCR test results:

  • If the results is positive, you usually have to quarantine in your accommodation for 10 days. The day of your test is day 0. You can stop self-isolating after 7 days if you do a rapid lateral flow test on days 6 and 7 of your self-isolation period and:
    • both tests are negative
    • you did both tests at least 24 hours apart
    • you do not have a high temperature
    • If you do a rapid lateral flow test on day 6 and test positive, wait 24 hours before you do the next test.

Before arriving:

  • Take a Covid-19 test 2 days before you travel to England.
  • Book two PCR Covid-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and 8. Free NHS tests are not accepted, you must pay a test with a private provider.
  • Complete the passenger locator form, within 48 hours before arriving in England.

After arriving:

  • Quarantine in your accommodation for a full 10 days. The day you arrive is day 0.
  • Take your day 2 and 8 Covid-19 tests

What to do after getting your PCR test results will depend on when were you tested and the result. Please check the information under ‘If you are not fully vaccinated’ for further details.

International students are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK if you have not been vaccinated or have a partial vaccine from your home country. You should aim to complete your vaccination as soon as possible after you arrive. You can contact vaccination centres or your registered GP to do so.


There are currently no countries or territories on the red list for travel to England, information correct on 10 January 2022. If you are coming to England from a country on the red list you must do the following regardless of your vaccination status:

Before arriving:

After arriving:

  • Quarantine in a managed hotel, and take 2 COVID-19 tests, included in the cost of the quarantine hotel package.

    You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated. 

All teaching at London Met is currently happening in person and we look forward to welcoming you on campus for the start of term.

Please read through the information on our website to make sure you are up to date with our plans to keep you safe while you focus on your studies.



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