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Travelling to the UK

By Newcastle University

The UK has removed the traffic light system for international arrivals, so we've created this simple guide with lots of information on taking Covid-19 tests, completing the necessary forms, and quarantine periods.  

Instead of the traffic light system there will be a single red-list of counties and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules you need to follow will vary depending on the country you are travelling from and your vaccination status.

Please make sure you check that any travel arrangements you make comply with the correct rules at the time of travel, including the rules for any countries you will transit through. The most up to date information for travel to England can be found on the Government rules, guidance and support pages. 

 

Travelling from a country on the red-list

If you are travelling to the UK from a country on the red-list, you must follow these rules, regardless of your vaccination status.

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1.Take a Covid-19 test 3 days before you travel and receive a negative result

You must take a Covid test no more than 3 days before your flight to England departs. Keep a copy of your result - you may have to show your negative test result when you check into your flight, when you board the aeroplane and when you arrive at the UK border. You may also need to show it at your transit location. 

If your Covid test result is positive, you will not be allowed to travel and you must follow the rules of the country you are currently in. You should also let your airline know.

2. Book and pay for a managed quarantine package.

This includes the 2 Covid-19 tests you are required to take during your quarantine period.

The hotel quarantine lasts for 10 days, with the day of arrival counting as day 0. During the quarantine you are required to take Covid-19 tests on days 2 and 8 of the quarantine period. The tests will be brought to your room for you. You will not be able to choose the location of your quarantine hotel and it will be located near your arrival airport. 

Once you have booked and paid for your managed quarantine package you will receive a reference number which you will need to include on your Passenger Locator Form (see below).

For more information on the support available to students arriving from Red list countries, please see our FAQ

From 1st October, managed quarantine facilities will be available for travellers arriving at Newcastle International Airport. 

3. Complete a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before you travel. 

You will need to include the reference number of your managed quarantine package on this form. 

Once completed, you will receive a QR code via email. Please remember to keep this - you will need to show it on arrival into the UK, so make sure you can access it on your phone or print it out. 

 

Travelling from the rest of the world if you are fully vaccinated

The rules for travelling to the UK from a country that is not on the red-list is dependent on your vaccination status. Only some forms of the Covid-19 vaccination are recognised in the UK. You can check whether you are considered fully vaccinated here.

If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to prove this with a document (digital or paper) from a national or state-level public health body that includes your full name, your date of birth, your vaccine brand and manufacturer, the date of each vaccination dose, and the country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate user. You will also need to:

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1. Book and pay for a Travel Test Package

You will need to book and pay for Covid-19 test to be taken on day 2 following your arrival. You will receive a reference number for your Travel Test Package that you must include on your Passenger Locator Form (see below).

2. Complete a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before you travel. 

Once completed, you will receive a QR code via email. Please remember to keep this - you will need to show it on arrival into the UK, so make sure you can access it on your phone or print it out.

3. Take the day 2 PCR test.
 

Travelling from the rest of the world if you are not fully vaccinated

The rules for travelling to the UK from a country that is not on the red-list is dependent on your vaccination status. Only some forms of the Covid-19 vaccination are recognised in the UK. You can check whether you are considered fully vaccinated here.

If you have not been fully vaccinated under an approved vaccination programme at least 14 days before you arrive in England then you must:

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1. Take a Covid test 3 days before you travel and receive a negative result

You must take a Covid test no more than 3 days before your flight to England departs. Keep a copy of your result - you may have to show your negative test result when you check into your flight, when you board the aeroplane and when you arrive at the UK border. You may also need to show it at your transit location. 

If your Covid test result is positive, you will not be allowed to travel and you must follow the rules of the country you are currently in. You should also let your airline know.

2. Book and pay for a Travel Test Package

You will need to book and pay for Covid-19 tests on days 2 and 8 of your quarantine period. You will receive a reference number that you must include on your Passenger Locator Form (see below).

3. Complete a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before you travel. 

Once completed, you will receive a QR code via email. Please remember to keep this - you will need to show it on arrival into the UK, so make sure you can access it on your phone or print it out. 

4. Complete your quarantine period and take the day 2 and day 8 PCR tests.

You will need to quarantine in your accommodation for 10 days when you arrive. You can choose to end this period early if you pay for the Test to Release scheme. You will need to complete the tests on day 2 and day 8, even if you do Test to Release.

 

Government advice relating to international travel changes frequently and often at short notice. Whilst we will endeavour to keep this blog post up to date, please refer to the Government's Travel Advice Guidance for the latest information.