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Testing arrangements for students travelling during the winter break - Updated 21 December

Key information for the winter break

Key information for the winter break

Key information for the winter break

Key information for the winter break

Key information for the winter break

Key information for the winter break

Key information for the winter break

Key information for the winter break

Key information for the winter break

Please be aware that the student travel window and subsequent testing period, set by the Government, closed on the 9 December. This means that the opportunity to have an LFD test at one of our test centres in Exeter and Penryn, prior to travelling in the UK has now passed.

We are now only offering HALO tests for students in the following groups:

  • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms - you will need to contact the Rapid Response Hub
  • Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) who were exempt from the travel window
  • Students who need to travel internationally

We will be updating these pages with information about our plans for making testing available to students at the start of the spring term and will share these details with you shortly.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please self-isolate and contact our Rapid Response Hub.

Information for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student and can only travel after the student travel window (10 December onwards) to a country or on a mode of transport where a certificate of a negative test is a requirement then you can request a HALO PCR test via the following routes:

Please be aware that results take at least 24 hours to arrive and so you should plan your test to coincide with your travel date. University testing will be available on our Streatham and Penryn campuses until Friday 18 December.

If you know you will need to take a test for travel purposes between the 19 December - 2 January you can arrange to ‘pick-up’ a test from the Streatham or Penryn Test Centres between 10 – 18 December. The test can be used two days before you travel and can be sent directly to the HALO labs for analysis. You can request to pick up a test by contacting the Rapid Response Hub.

From 19 December - 2 January, we have made a special, ‘by exception’ arrangement with HALO to ensure that people who need an emergency test during the closure period can get access to one, for example if it is impossible for them to get to a national testing centr. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub webpage shortly.

Please note: we are not able to provide testing for family members of staff or students who do not work or study at the University.

Information for Postgraduate Research (PGR) students

The student travel window (3-9 December) does not apply to PGR students so, if you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like the opportunity to be tested before travelling for the winter break you can book a HALO PCR test via the following routes:

Please be aware that results take at least 24 hours to arrive and so you should plan your test to coincide with your travel date. University testing will be available on our Streatham and Penryn campuses until Friday 18 December.

If you know you will need to take a test for travel purposes between the 19 December - 2 January you can arrange to ‘pick-up’ a test from the Streatham or Penryn Test Centres between 10 – 18 December. The test can be used two days before you travel and can be sent directly to the HALO labs for analysis. You can request to pick up a test by contacting the Rapid Response Hub.

From 19 December - 2 January we have made a special, ‘by exception’ arrangement with HALO to ensure that people who need an emergency test during the closure period can get access to one, for example if it is impossible for them to get to a national testing centre. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub webpage shortly.

Please note: we are not be able to provide testing for family members of staff or students who do not work or study at the University.

Accessing a test between 19 December and 2 January

Testing at the University will be available until Friday 18 December, and will resume again on 3 January.

However, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, and you need a test between 19 December – 2 January, you can request one via the national testing scheme, you can request a test and find your nearest test centre online.

Public Health England have confirmed that testing will be available throughout the University’s winter closure period, including bank holiday dates.

We have made a special, ‘by exception’ arrangement with HALO to ensure that people who need an emergency test during the closure period can get access to one, for example if it is impossible for them to get to a national testing centre. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub webpage shortly.

Please note: we are not be able to provide testing for family members of staff or students who do not work or study at the University.

Test and Rest - Hotel package

Students and staff can also make their own arrangements to acquire a private test before travelling. The Arora Hotel Group offer a ‘Test and Rest’ service, which allows students and staff to book a PCR test and hotel stay at UK airports Heathrow or Gatwick. Upon arrival at the airport, you can get tested and are then booked overnight into an airport hotel to relax until you receive your test results the following day. On receipt of a negative test result, you can then proceed to take your flight.

Costs and further details of this service can be found on the Arora Group: University Test and Rest. This service may be of particular interest to anyone travelling after the University of Exeter have ceased offering on site testing on 18 December, or for anyone who would prefer to travel to the airport before being tested.

Frequently asked questions

The frequently asked questions are arranged for the following areas:

Travelling during the winter break (student travel window)  | Overview of testing for COVID-19 | Travel within the UK during the winter break | Travelling overseas for the winter break | Support for students who test positive for COVID-19 or who wish to stay in their University accommodation over the winter break  | Information for Postgraduate Research Students | Returning to campus after the winter break

Overview of testing for COVID-19

The Government’s mass testing programme for students, which provided students with the opportunity to take a COVID-19 test before travelling for the winter break, has now come to an end.

We do however have additional testing arrangements in place to support undergraduate and postgraduate students who are planning tocan only travel after the student travel window (10 December onwards), as well as to support our PGR students who would like the opportunity to be tested before travelling for the winter break.

University testing will be available on our Streatham and Penryn campuses until Friday 18 December. 

From 19 Dec we have made a special, ‘by exception’ arrangement with HALO to ensure that people with symptoms of COVID-19 who need an emergency test during the closure period can get access to one, for example if it is absolutely impossible for them to get to a national testing centre, or if they have an unplanned, sudden requirement to travel overseas. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub web page shortly.

For students in both Exeter and Cornwall, we’ll be offering Lateral Flow Device tests for anyone hoping to travel home for the winter break until 8 December.

For anyone who remains at University after the end of the student travel window, we’ll continue to offer testing on our campuses for anyone who develops symptoms of COVID 19 through our testing partner, HALO, until 18 December. This service will also remain open for any students who need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to another country.

From the 19 December onwards, anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, new continuous cough, or loss of taste / smell) should first seek a test through the Government testing programme

From 19 Dec we have made a special, ‘by exception’ arrangement with HALO to ensure that people with symptoms of COVID-19 who need an emergency test during the closure period can get access to one, for example if it is absolutely impossible for them to get to a national testing centre, or if they have an unplanned, sudden requirement to travel overseas. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub web page shortly.

In most cases you should have the results by text and / or email within 24 hours. Those who have particular concerns and want additional reassurance can take two tests and these should be three days apart.

If you have taken a Lateral Flow Device test because you intend to travel in the UK or because you do not intend to travel over the winter break; guidance is avaialble below:

Travel in the UK:

Please be aware that if you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and, within 24 hours of your negative test result, a close contact / someone in your household tests positive, you can still travel to another address in the UK but you must still self-isolate for ten days when you arrive. You should follow the Government guidelines about self-isolation carefully when you return home. If you would like to book another test before travelling, you can do so by using our online form.

You should only use public transport if you have no other option. You should strictly follow the safer travel guidance for passengers

If you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and a close contact / someone in your household tests positive after 24 hours of your test result you must book another test before you travel. You can book a test via our online form.

Will stay at University:

Travel internationally:

If you have taken a PCR type test because you intend to travel internationally; guidance is available below

Students should not travel internationally if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are part of a household group which is self-isolating. If you are in the same household as someone who has tested positive you should self-isolate for ten days and only travel once your time in self-isolation has concluded.  

  • If you’re living in University accommodation and need to self-isolate after the end of term, please don’t worry as you can stay in your catered accommodation to self-isolate beyond the 12 December. Please just let us know by completing the online form and you will be supported for the duration of your extended stay and can book meals whilst isolating.  

If you were planning to travel home for the winter break, you should not do so until you have completed your time in isolation. If this will affect your international travel plans, you can find further information in the frequently asked questions section. You can also contact the Rapid Response Hub with any questions you might have about a positive test result and its implications.

Please be assured we are following all the latest Government guidelines.

 

If we can’t read the sample it means it’s not possible to say if you were infectious when the test was done. 

You’ll need to book to take the same test again as soon as possible. 

You do not need to self-isolate if your sample cannot be read. You only need to self-isolate if: 

  • you have or get symptoms of coronavirus 

  • someone you live with tests positive, or has symptoms and has not been tested yet  

  • you’ve been traced as a contact of someone who tested positive  

  • the test you provide identifies you as being asymptomatic. 

Travel in the UK during the winter break

Before travelling home, you should read the Government’s safer travel guidance for passengers. There are some key features to consider, including:

  • Make sure you review the latest government guidance for local restriction tiers by area 
  • If possible, travel using private transport rather than public transport
  • If travelling in a private vehicle, avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or support bubble
  • wearing a face covering while travelling unless exempt, especially if using public transport
  • where possible, keep a safe distance from people from other households when travelling
  • wash or sanitise hands regularly
  • avoid the busiest routes where possible, as well as busy times like the rush hour
  • download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible, and check in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters
  • If using public transport, book ahead wherever possible to let transport providers know you will be using the service
  •  Please be aware of the latest Travel Advice for Trains from South Western Railway if you wish to travel by rail.

Testing negative:

If you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and, within 24 hours of your negative test result, a close contact / someone in your household tests positive, you can still travel to another address in the UK but you must still self-isolate for tendays when you arrive. You should follow the Government guidelines about self-isolation carefully when you return home. If you would like to book another test before travelling, you can do so by using our online form.

If you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and a close contact / someone in your household tests positive within 24 hours of your test result you must book another test before you travel. You can book a test via our online form.

If you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and, within 24 hours of your negative test result, a close contact / someone in your household tests positive, you can still travel to another address in the UK but you must still self-isolate for ten days when you arrive. You should follow the Government guidelines about self-isolation carefully when you return home. If you would like to book another test before travelling, you can do so by using our online form 

If you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and a close contact / someone in your household tests positive after 24 hours of your test result you must book another test before you travel. You can book a test via our online form. 

On Saturday 19 December the Prime Minister announced that parts of England would move into Tier 4, the highest level of restrictions. Tier 4 restrictions state that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. To find out which tier an area is in please visit the government pages.

Please be aware, any student can travel home once during the period 3 December 2020 and 7 February 2021, including to a tier 4 area. As previously stated, students will form part of the household they return to and will not count as a separate household. This remains the case for those who may be preparing to travel from or to a Tier 4 area. If a COVID-19 test is available locally or through your host organisation if you are on a clinical placement, you are encouraged to take a test before you travel.

If you are planning to travel to somewhere outside the United Kingdom, you should check whether your destination country has any restrictions in place that may affect your plans, as this situation continues to change rapidly.

Travelling overseas for the winter break

If you are planning to travel to somewhere outside of the United Kingdom, you should check whether your destination country has any restrictions in place that may affect your plans, as this situation continues to change rapidly.

Any student that chooses to remain in their term time accommodation over the winter break will be supported by the University. If you are staying in University accommodation over the winter break, core services will still be offered to make sure that you have everything you need. If you wish to stay in your accommodation but do not have a tenancy to cover this please contact the Accommodation Office.

You can find more detail on the Accommodation Office website.

We advise you to check the government’s ‘Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance and also the guidance on ‘Entering the UK’ to ensure you are able to plan your return. If students do travel overseas, they should consider the restrictions on entry to the country in question, such as whether they would need to undertake a period of self-isolation in that country, and whether they would need to self-isolate when they return. For more information, please read the FAQ entitled: I am planning to return to university from overseas after the Winter break. What are the key things for me to consider?

You should not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are in a household with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We encourage students to get tested for COVID-19 before travelling.

 Please be aware of the latest Travel Advice for Trains from South Western Railway if you wish to travel by rail.

Students should not travel if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are part of a household group which is self-isolating. If you are in the same household as someone who has tested positive you should self-isolate for ten days and only travel once your time in self-isolation has concluded.  

If you’re living in University accommodation and need to self-isolate after the end of term, please don’t worry as you can stay in our catered accommodation to self-isolate beyond the 12 December. Please just let us know by contacting the Accommodation Office.

If you were planning to travel home for the winter break, you should not do so until you have completed your time in isolation. If this will affect your international travel plans, you can find further information in the frequently asked questions section. You can also contact the Rapid Response Hub with any questions you might have about a positive test result and its implications.

Before travelling, you should read the Government’s safer travel guidance for passengers. There are some key features to consider, including: 

  • If possible, travel using private transport rather than public transport 

  • If travelling in a private vehicle, avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or support bubble 

  • wearing a face covering while travelling unless exempt, especially if using public transport 

  • where possible, keep a safe distance from people from other households when travelling 

  • wash or sanitise hands regularly 

  • avoid the busiest routes where possible, as well as busy times like the rush hour 

  • download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible, and check in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters 

  • If using public transport, book ahead wherever possible to let transport providers know you will be using the service 

If you are planning to travel overseas, you can find details of routes to airports and travel hubs on our Planning Your Travel webpage. Travel plans are aimed at students travelling to Exeter / Cornwall, but links and guidance will also help you with planning your travel home. Also on this website, you can find details of local taxi companies that will provide airport transfer at reasonable rates if you feel more comfortable travelling in a private vehicle. If travelling to the airport, it is important to plan your travel carefully in advance and adhere to the safe travel guidance outlined above.

If you are travelling overseas, you may wish to bear in mind that Exeter is offering an Airport Collection Service for students returning to the UK in January. There will be a service for international students who need to self-isolators. You can find dates and details on our Airport Collection Service webpage if you wish to consider booking this for your return journey.

Some countries may require you to have obtained a negative COVID-19 test before you enter the country. We advise you to check the Government’s ‘Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)' before travelling to make sure you are up-to-date with planning your international travel. You can find details of country by country requirements on the Government's Foreign Travel Advice website.

The University will support students who need to get tested in order to travel internationally. If you require a test to travel, you should review the travel advice for your country carefully before booking a test. Some countries may need you to get tested within a certain time period of travelling, so check this requirement and request a test at a time that fits with your travel plans. You can book a test using the following information:

It is important to note that the Lateral Flow Devices used for the Government mass testing programme cannot be used as clearance for international travel in all countries.

The University will therefore provide a test for students wishing to travel overseas through our normal campus testing partner, HALO. HALO tests are recognised for purposes of international travel (PCR test) and you will receive a communication from HALO certifying that you have tested negative for COVID-19, thereby enabling you to travel. Our HALO testing site will continue to be open until the 18 December.

Please remember to bring your Student ID with you to the test centre when taking a test.
 
Alternatively, students may wish to make their own arrangements to acquire a private test before travelling. The Arora Hotel Group offer a ‘Test and Rest’ service, which allows students to book a PCR test and hotel stay at UK airports Heathrow or Gatwick. Upon arrival at the airport, students can get tested and are then booked overnight into an airport hotel to relax until they receive their test results on the following day. On receipt of a negative test result, students can then proceed to take their flight. Costs and further details of this service can be found on the Arora Group: University Test and Rest. This service may be of particular interest to anyone travelling after the University of Exeter have ceased offering on site testing on 18 December, or for anyone who would prefer to travel to the airport before being tested.

It is possible for tests to detect residual virus for some time after you have recovered from COVID-19 infection. This means that, even if you have recovered from COVID-19 and are no longer infectious, there is a possibility that you may return a positive COVID-19 test result. The NHS advise that anyone who has previously received a positive test result for COVID-19 should only be re-tested within a 90-day period if they develop any new symptoms of COVID-19, as tests may detect residual virus during this period. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity, or how long it will last.


Some countries will require you to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before you enter the country. You can find details of country by country entry requirements on the Government's Foreign Travel Advice website, including information on whether you need to have been tested for COVID-19 before entering a country. We advise you to read these guidelines and consider how they relate to your personal circumstances. If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered, check the guidance for your country carefully to see if they offer any guidance on this issue. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements for your country, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. If you need to book a test, you can book a HALO PCR test online through our Rapid Response Hub.

Travelling to go to your country of domicile is considered a 'reasonable excuse' for travel and therefore students who normally live overseas can return home at any point, including outside the Government’s student travel window.

For anyone who remains at University after the end of the student travel window, we’ll continue to offer testing on our campuses for anyone who develops symptoms of COVID 19 through our testing partner, HALO, until 18 December. This service will also remain open for any students who need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to another country. If you need to book a test after the 8 December, you can do so by visiting our Rapid Response Hub.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or need to self-isolate with your household, you will need to self-isolate and will not be able to travel on a plane or other form of public transport. It is important to note that travel insurance may not cover your costs if you cannot take a pre-booked flight owing to a positive COVID-19 test.

You are therefore advised to book refundable, cancellable, or flexible travel options where possible to make sure that you do not lose out if you are required to self-isolate. Check the terms and conditions of any bookings carefully and, if you do have insurance, check to see whether you are covered in the case of a positive test result.

Please be aware of the latest Travel Advice for Trains from South Western Railway if you wish to travel by rail.

Students completing study or work abroad placements have been asked via survey to confirm their plans for the Winter Break. Please complete and submit this, as it will enable us to support your decision and provide advice and guidance should you need it. 

If you are intending to return to the UK for the break, the Government has issued guidance for students considering travelling to the UK from abroad during the period of national restriction (5 November to 2 December 2020). This includes actions that you must take prior to travel, please do make sure that you read it in full. 

This guidance may change at short notice so please ensure you check it regularly prior to your return to the UK. If you are travelling to an alternative overseas location, please check the relevant Government guidance for your destination, to ensure that you are aware of any pre-travel requirements, and whether you will need to self-isolate when you arrive. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 or need to self-isolate with your household, you will need to self-isolate and will not be able to travel on a plane or other form of public transport. It is important to note that travel insurance may not cover your costs if you cannot take a pre-booked flight owing to a positive COVID-19 test. 

You are therefore advised to book refundable, cancellable, or flexible travel options where possible to make sure that you do not lose out if you are required to self-isolate. Check the terms and conditions of any bookings carefully and, if you do have insurance, check to see whether you are covered in the case of a positive test result. 

Support for students who test positive for COVID-19 or who wish to stay in their University accommodation over the winter break

The University has put lots of measures in place to support students who need to self-isolate. If you need to self-isolate, please see our information for students who are self-isolating webpage for frequently asked questions and information on services which are available throughout the year. The University will ensure that key services are maintained throughout the December period, so that any students who need to self-isolate (or who choose to stay in term-time accommodation) will be able to do so with the support they need.

Please remember that all household members must stay at home and not leave the accommodation during self-isolation, unless there is an emergency or you have tested negative for COVID-19 and are travelling to another address to self-isolate for the winter break (see below). You must not meet other people and must try to keep 2m away from all other members of your household to prevent any spread of infection.  

You and everyone else in your household must strictly follow the Government rules: 

  • do not go to work, lectures or public places – work and study in your room if you can.  
  • avoid public transport and taxis 
  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your household  
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends, family and delivery people – make sure you ask for deliveries to be left outside your household door for collection. 
  • do not go out to exercise – exercise within your household, if you can  

 

You must self-isolate for ten days if you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The ten days starts from: 

  • when the first person in your home or support bubble started having symptoms  

  • the day they were tested, if they have not had symptoms – but if they get symptoms after they were tested, self-isolate for a further ten days from when their symptoms start  

More information on self-isolating can be found on our website.

All household members must stay at home and not leave the accommodation during self-isolation, unless there is an emergency or you have tested negative for COVID-19 and are travelling to another address to self-isolate for the winter break (see below). You must not meet other people and must try to keep 2m away from all other members of your household to prevent any spread of infection.  

You and everyone else in your household must strictly follow the Government rules: 

  • do not go to work, lectures or public places – work and study in your room if you can.  
  • avoid public transport and taxis 
  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your household  
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends, family and delivery people – make sure you ask for deliveries to be left outside your household door for collection. 
  • do not go out to exercise – exercise within your household, if you can  

 

Yes. If you would prefer to spend the Winter Break in your term time accommodation, then you are permitted to do so. If you are staying in University accommodation over the winter break, core services will still be offered to make sure that you have everything you need. If you wish to stay in your accommodation but do not have a tenancy to cover this please could you contact the Accommodation Office.

You can find more detail on the Accommodation Office website.

If you’re living in University accommodation and need to self-isolate after the end of term, please don’t worry as you can stay in your catered accommodation to self-isolate beyond the 12 December. Please just let us know by completing the online form and you will be supported for the duration of your extended stay and can book meals whilst isolating.

Testing over the winter break

The Government’s student mass testing programme will end 8 December. The University’s HALO testing at our Streatham and Penryn campuses will remain open until Friday 18 December and will reopen on Sunday 3 January 2021. We are aware that many students will choose to stay in their term-time accommodation over the winter break and there will be essential University staff working to support campus operations over this period. Public Health England have confirmed that testing will be made available throughout the winter closure period of the University, including bank holiday dates. Students and staff are encouraged to apply for a test through the national testing programme during this period and to notify us if they test positive.

In exceptional circumstances where it is not possible for someone to access a test through the national testing service, we will ensure that any student or staff member who needs a test in an emergency can get one. We have worked with HALO to ensure that a stock of tests are available to staff and students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, where it is impossible for them to access a test through the national testing scheme. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub web page during the closure period.

Please note that the University will not be able to provide testing for family members of staff or students who do not work or study at the University. Members of your household with symptoms should to apply for a test through the national testing programme.

If you have a sudden, unplanned need to travel overseas during the winter break, we will provide you with a HALO PCR test which will enable you to travel. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub web page during the closure period.

Please note that the University will not be able to provide testing for family members of staff or students who do not work or study at the University. If members of your family need a test to travel overseas, you should seek a test through a private provider.

You should check the entry requirements of the country you hope to visit carefully before booking a test, to make sure you arrange a test in an appropriate timeframe. You should consider that testing and results may be a little slower than usual over the winter break, as there are additional pressures on external services like the priority post service and testing laboratories, so make sure you plan an appropriate timeframe for your test. If you need to travel immediately, the Arora Hotel Group is offering a ‘Test and Rest’ service, which allows students and staff to book a PCR test and overnight hotel stay at a number of major UK airports with a 24 hour turnaround time. This service may be of particular interest to anyone who need to travel as soon as possible or for anyone who would prefer to travel to the airport before being tested. See the Arora Group: University Test and Rest for details of a discounted University of Exeter rate.

Information for Postgraduate Research Students

Our interpretation of the travel guidance as it relates to postgraduate research students is that they will be classed as researchers and therefore there is no expectation that they should travel only during the student travel window of 3-9 December. 

Postgraduate students may continue their independent research activities until the end of term.  We will be keeping our research facilities open (including research laboratories, suites, offices and study spaces) to facilitate this. Where it is possible, as under current university arrangements, research should be carried out at home. Over the winter break we will be operating limited on-campus research services as we do every year. 

Yes, as a Postgraduate Research student you are eligible to be tested.

If you would like a test up until 18 December, you can book your PCP test using our HALO test centres via the links below:

Please be aware that results take at least 24 hours to arrive and so you should plan your test to coincide with your travel date. University testing will be available on our Streatham and Penryn campuses until Friday 18 December.

If you know you will need to take a test for travel purposes between the 19 December - 1 January you can arrange to ‘pick-up’ a test from the Streatham or Penryn Test Centres between 10 – 18 December. The test can be used two days before you travel and can be sent directly to the HALO labs for analysis. You can request to pick up a test by contacting the Rapid Response Hub.

From 19 December - 1 January we have made a special, ‘by exception’ arrangement with HALO to ensure that people with symptoms of COVID-19 who need an emergency test during the closure period can get access to one, for example if it is impossible for them to get to a national testing centre, or if they have an unplanned, sudden requirement to travel overseas. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub webpage shortly.

Please note: we are not be able to provide testing for family members of staff or students who do not work or study at the University. If members of your family need a test to travel overseas, you should seek a test through a private provider.

Returning to campus after the winter break

Government Guidelines on this question read as follows:

"Following the end of term break, our top priority for January will be the welfare of students, staff and the communities around higher education providers. We are looking to utilise mass testing to make the return to Higher Education as safe as possible, and will provide further guidance in due course, considering future developments and the relevant scientific advice."

If you have travelled overseas for the Winter break, there are a few important things to consider when returning to University. We advise you to check the government’s ‘Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance and also the guidance on ‘Entering the UK’ to ensure you are able to plan your return:

  • You should not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
  • UK Government COVID-19 regulations mean that many travellers arriving in the UK will need to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival. There are a number of territories and countries with no self-isolation requirement for travellers arriving in the UK. This list is regularly updated and you should continue to check this on the Government website.
  • You should be aware that the travel corridor status of your country might change while you are overseas. Make sure you keep checking the Government website to keep up to date with any changes that affect you.
  • You should read the Government’s safer travel guidance for passengers before departing and refer to Exeter’s Planning Your Travel to University guidance. We will be offering an airport collection service, both for students who need to self-isolate and for those who are travelling from a travel corridor country.
  • Everyone travelling to the UK must complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to your departure. You will be required to show proof of a completed Passenger Locator Form at the UK border. You can complete it up to 48 hours before you enter the UK.

If you need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, please see our information for students who are self-isolating webpage for frequently asked questions and information, including specific advice for students who need to self-isolate when arriving from overseas.

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