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When should I self-isolate?

When do I have to self-isolate?

There are three main reasons you may need to self-isolate.


1) If you have travelled from outside the UK

Testing and self-isolation requirements for people travelling to the UK vary, depending on which country you are travelling from, or through, to get to the UK.

Currently, the government has a traffic light system of red, amber or green countries. The rules will be changing on Monday 4 October. You can find detailed guidance on the government website or click the relevant link below to see the current rules:

Red-list countries

If you’re travelling from a country on the UK government’s red list you'll be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. See the Department for Education Managed Quarantine Service FAQs. The University is providing financial support to help with the cost of the required managed quarantine hotel.

Amber-list countries

If you’re travelling from a country on the UK government’s amber list, we advise you to check the Gov.uk quarantine and testing guidance.
If you need to self-isolate because you are arriving from outside the UK and you will be living on campus, please complete our arrivals form to us as soon as possible.

Change to international travel rules - Monday 4 October

From Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Find out more.


2) If you have symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19
or
A member of your household has symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19*

You must self-isolate when you, or someone in your household or kitchen group*:

  • Have symptoms of Covid-19
  • Are waiting to get tested
  • Are waiting for test results

This is to ensure that we can keep our community safe and reduce transmission rates.

Get tested on campus using our Test and Trace service

*People who are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 and 6 months will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. See more guidance.


3) If you are asked to by Test and Trace

If you have been contacted by the campus or NHS services to tell you to self-isolate, you must do so immediately.

Please note, people who are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 and 6 months will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.

You’re still advised to take a PCR test and are legally required to self-isolate if it’s positive, or if you have symptoms.

If you're living with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 you're advised to take extra precautions, for example wearing a face covering in communal areas, social distancing, increasing cleaning, reducing social contact.