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I am travelling within the UK and have tested negative for COVID-19

Travelling in the UK - Negative

Travelling in the UK - Negative

Steps to follow if your result is negative:

If your test result is negative you should aim to get to your UK destination within 24 hours of receiving your test results, and within the ‘student travel window’ from 3 December to 9 December. Please maintain social distancing before travelling and read the Government’s safer travel guidance for advice on how to travel safely during the pandemic.

Please see the information below on travelling safely in the UK during the Winter Break. If you require further information, please review our FAQs.

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.

What your close contacts / members of your household need to do if your test result is positive

  • The Government has made arrangements to support students to travel within the UK for the Winter break even if they are a close contact / in a household with someone who has tested positive
  • If you are named as a close contact of someone who has tested positive or you live in their household, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • However, if you have no symptoms you can request a test via our online forms:
    and if your test result is positive, you must stay where you are and self-isolate for 10 days (please see ‘steps to follow if your test result is positive’)

  • However, if your test result is negative, while you must still self-isolate for 14 days you can do this at another UK address, following safe travel guidance and avoiding public transport wherever possible.
  • 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 complete your time in self-isolation in your new household. 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 forms:
  • If you have already tested negative in preparation to travel for the winter break and a close contact / someone in your household tests positive 24 hours after your test result you must book another test before you travel. You can book a test via our online forms:

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A negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time. There is, however, the potential for the test result to be a false negative and that an individual is infected with Covid-19, but not yet have a high enough level of the virus for this to be registered by the LFD test. There is also the potential for an individual to become infected in the hours or days after taking a LFD test. It is therefore extremely important that every individual:
Follows the latest UK Government rules on social distancing; and

Maintains sensible control measures such as 2 metre social distancing, and “hand, face, space” (washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and maintaining social distance with those outside your household), keeping to the “rule of 6” outdoors, and not mixing with other households indoors.
The test is an additional control to be used in conjunction with the other measures.
Due to the potential for the LFD test to return an incorrect result to an individual, the University of Exeter cannot guarantee that the LFD test result an individual receives is accurate. Consequently, the University of Exeter does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the LFD Test and under no circumstances will the University of Exeter accept liability for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered by an individual which results from or is in connection with an individual having taken an LFD test provided by the University of Exeter.