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Student international travel advice to and from university

Student travel advice

Student travel advice

Student travel advice

Student travel advice

All remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions have now ended for people entering the UK.

Unvaccinated people arriving from overseas are no longer required to take a test before and after their arrival in the UK, and the requirement to complete a passenger locator form has been removed.

Anyone travelling overseas is still advised to check the rules for the countries you are visiting as many still have restrictions and testing requirements in place.

Travelling to and from the UK

All remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions have now ended for people entering the UK. This means that there are currently no requirements for any international arrivals.

The rules for travelling out of the UK are different depending on where you are travelling, please check these regularly on the Government website and take the following steps: 

1. Check specific requirements and timeframesEach airline and country will have different requirements and you are advised to check specific requirements and timeframes for testing with your airline and foreign travel advice websites 

2. Arrange any COVID-19 tests you may need to enter the countries that you will travel to. You should consult the government approved suppliers list to obtain a test.  

3. Find out how you can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove your vaccination status aboard if required. 

Frequently asked questions

Below are some frequently asked questions to help you understand what you need to do and the support that we're offering.

If you still have some questions about UK travel and our support, please log your query via SID. Please be aware that we're experiencing a high volume of queries across the University so there may be a delay in our response.

Travel

Some countries may still have testing requirements and it's important to check these before you book your travel. Travel insurance may not cover your costs if you cannot take a pre-booked flight owing to a positive COVID-19 test. If you are travelling for work or study purposes, University travel insurance will 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.

You may be asked for an NHS COVID pass if you are travelling to a different country or at events that may ask for proof of your COVID-19 status. If you need a pass for travel, you’ll either need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised in the UK or have had a positive NHS PCR test within the past 6 months (the pass is available after you’ve finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test).

There are two ways to get a NHS COVID pass, you can either download the NHS app or use the online NHS COVID pass service, but you must be registered with your GP and have a valid NHS number in order to do this.  Full details on requirements for the NHS COVID pass can be found online.  

Vaccinations taken outside of the UK 

If you have had any of your vaccinations outside of the UK but are now living in England, you may be able to book an appointment to have your international vaccination records added to your NHS vaccination record, as long as you have an NHS number. Once your records are complete, you can get an NHS COVID pass to use for travel. You must inform the NHS about the number and type of vaccinations you have had in a different country so that they can ensure your records are correct. Please do not try to have additional doses of the vaccine in order to qualify for the NHS COVID pass as it’s important not to have too many doses of the vaccines.

If you are traveling overseas, you may need proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. These are often called ‘fit to fly’ tests and should be undertaken by a Government approved provider. The testing requirements are set by the country you want to travel to, and sometimes the airline you’re flying with, so please ensure you understand these requirements before attempting to travel.

Study

Guidance is now available to support field trip leads - Field Trip Guidance 

Field trip leads of qualifying trips will need to:

Devon: email - rapidresponsehub@exeter.ac.uk with details of the field trip and testing request.

Cornwall: work is in hand with Penryn Fieldtrips, who are working with RRT, to support identified testing requirements.

PCR HALO testing for travel

    • Devon – Field Trip Lead to contact rapidresponsehub@exeter.ac.uk with travel test request. Testing will take place at the Innovation Centre, Streatham Campus by arrangement for the trip. Please do not book via the symptomatic route.
    • Cornwall  – Liaise with the Penryn fieldtrips team who are working with RRT on all currently identified field trips

LFD testing all campus’ - LFD home test kits will be delivered to the field trip lead.

There will be some limited opportunities for students who are currently studying remotely to continue to do so during Term 2, and for new students starting in January 2022. Students that are eligible will be contacted with more information about the options available to them.

The UK government has announced that it will introduce the Graduate Route from the summer of 2021. From this time, students holding a valid Tier 4 or Student visa, who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a UK Higher Education Provider, will be able to remain in the UK and work, or look for work, for 2 years after they complete their studies (or 3 years if they have completed a PhD).

For further details see: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/internationalstudents/applyingforavisa/graduateroute/

There will be several important things for you to consider, and the requirements will vary by country and maybe even by region. It is important you both check the government’s travel advice and follow any guidance issued by your placement provider well in advance of your departure date. The Global Opportunities team have produced risk assessments for each of the placement countries which outline some of the restrictions and considerations you will need to factor into your placement preparation. The risk assessments and other resources such as the Pre-Departure Handbook can be accessed via the Outbound 2021-22 Teams site. If you have not already requested access please email outbound@exeter.ac.uk

Vaccination requirements will vary by country and maybe even by region. It is important you both check the government’s travel advice and follow any guidance issued by your placement provider well in advance of your departure date. When you are eligible to book a vaccination you will be able to do so via the NHS website, studying or working abroad next academic year does not expedite your eligibility for the vaccination. If your placement provider requires you to have received your vaccinations before you start your placement and this will delay your travel please contact your placement provider to enquire if you can study or work remotely until you have received your second dose of the vaccination.