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Arrivals and travel

What is the latest government guidance for international students returning to the UK?

View the latest government guidance for international students returning to the UK

Can I still enter the UK if I am travelling from a country on the Government's red-list?

There are travel restrictions on passengers arriving in the UK from a number of countries. View the full list of red-list travel countries.

People who have been in or transited through the countries listed in the last 10 days will not be granted access to the UK. This does not include British and Irish Nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. You cannot use the Test to Release scheme.

People with residence rights include holders of an entry visa meaning that you are still able to enter the UK with a student visa. Unfortunately, if you are coming to Warwick for a short term study of under 6 months and intend to study using a Standard Visitor Visa, you will not be able to travel to the UK with this visa until the ban is lifted. You may wish to consider applying for a Student Visa instead, if eligible.

View the foreign travel guidance for affected countries.

View the latest government guidance for international students returning to the UK

You can also read UKCISA's article on how the UK's 'red list' impacts international students and travel.

How do the teaching and learning plans for term 3 affect EU and international students?

We have shared an update following the Government confirming further lifting of Covid restrictions in the UK from 17 May. Since the start of the summer term, students on practical courses have already been able to return to face-to-face teaching. The Government is permitting all remaining students – in Warwick’s case, Arts and Social Science students, to return from 17 May.

The majority of international students are permitted to study remotely for the rest of the academic year 2020/21 and continue with online teaching and learning. The UKVI is currently reviewing its policy on remote study from 27 September 2021 and we will update this webpage when there is further news.

If you are travelling to the UK from overseas, you will need to comply with border measures that have been introduced to help prevent transmission of Covid-19 on your return. For new students who have not yet entered the UK, the physical arrival deadline has been relaxed. See more information below on the physical arrival deadline.

The University is aware that some of our international Master’s students who started their courses in September 2020 may wish to time their travel to the UK with the deadline for eligibility for the new Graduate Route visa. The Home Office has now confirmed that these students must have arrived in the UK on or before 27 September 2021 to qualify for the Route.

View the latest government guidance for international students returning to the UK

If you are returning to Warwick, in order to ensure your safety and the safety of our wider community, the government has stressed the importance of asymptomatic testing in the fight against the virus. We will continue to provide this service via the government testing centre at The Slate on campus, find details on how to book your tests.

We will provide more information on any further immigration requirements before your face-to-face teaching resumes.

I am an international student (including Erasmus+ and exchange students) and I have already made plans to return for term 3. What should I do?

If you are returning to the UK or are planning to travel to the UK from overseas for Term 3, you are advised to view the latest government guidance for international students returning to the UK, which explains what you need to be aware of and actions you may need to take.

If you have made plans to return to the UK, the UK border remains open if you hold a residence permit (Student visa is considered a residence permit), even if you are travelling from a red-list country.

Please keep your academic department informed of your arrival date. If you receive an email from the Student Immigration team please read the email carefully and take the necessary action.

I am entering or re-entering the UK (including UK and non-UK students participating in Erasmus+, exchange and Study Abroad student. Should I take extra measures to minimise the transmission of the virus?

Since 15 December, you have the option to take an accredited Covid-19 test from a private testing provider after five days of self-isolation, and a negative test result would release you from the need to isolate from day six. More information is available on the Test to Release scheme. You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have not been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before your arrival.

I am a prospective student hoping to start University in September, what support is available for me?

Looking ahead to September, we understand you may have lots of questions given the current situation with Covid-19 and the travel restrictions in place. The questions may be about the support available with potential quarantine requirements and the additional costs you may incur, vaccinations, and the latest possible arrival date to Warwick. We understand this may be causing concern and we want to reassure you that we’re working hard, and with relevant external organisations, to be able to answer your queries. As soon as we have updates, we’ll be in touch. In the meantime, it may be helpful to see the support available to our current students.

What if I have to self-isolate when I arrive?

See the latest government guidance for Entering the UK: Quarantining when you arrive in the UK - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you arrive in England from a country on the Government red-list you’ll need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days (you’ll need to book and pay for your hotel room and two Covid-19 tests to take during your stay).

If you’re coming from a country not on the Government's red-list, you’ll need to self-isolate for 10 days and book a travel testing package at a cost of £210 with two Covid-19 tests.

All travellers must book at travel testing package before leaving for the UK - booking details here.

If you are arriving on campus from outside of the UK and have not travelled from a country on the UK red-list list you have two alternative routes:

  • if you haven't yet collected your key then you will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days in one of the University's Conference Centres and take two Covid-19 tests (day 2 and day 8) using your travel testing package and then take two lateral flow tests twice weekly using The Slate service while you are regularly on campus. Your stay in one of our Conference Centres will be free of charge and we will be providing you with three meals a day as you will not have access to kitchen facilities.
  • if you have your room key then you will need to self-isolate in your room and take two Covid-19 tests (day 2 and day 8) using your travel testing package and then take two lateral flow tests twice weekly using The Slate service while you are regularly on campus.

Government Test to Release scheme

You can use the government Test to Release scheme if you travel to the UK and you have not been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before your arrival. If you’re planning to use the Test to Release scheme, you must still take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, unless you’re exempt. Even if you get a negative result from your Test to Release and are released from self-isolation, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have Covid-19.

See our self-isolation guidance at Warwick

Visa and immigration advice

Visa and immigration advice for non-UK/Irish students who will arrive in the UK for studies after 1 January 2021

If you are an international student

It’s important to note that if you are an international (non-UK) student who's continuing to study fully online without travelling to the UK for the purpose of studying, this may impact your visa or future immigration status.

Read more information about the Graduate Route visa eligibility 

If you need to apply for a new travel visa, please refer to the Student Immigration website for information on how to do this (refer to the Q&A: What happens if I am not able to travel to the UK within the validity of my temporary travel visa?).

If you are a student from the EU (not including Ireland)

In addition to the point above, if you are an EU student (not including Ireland) and:

  • you have not lived in the UK before and
  • you do not have pre-settled or settled EU status and
  • you arrived in the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020,

then regardless of your course start date, you will be subject to the new UK immigration rules.

This means:

If you are coming to study for longer than 6 months, you will need to apply for a UK Student visa from your home country before travelling to the UK. This requires a visa application fee of £348, payment of Immigration Health Surcharge (£470 per year of visa), and you will need to prepare financial documents. You will also need to request a CAS.

If you are coming to study for less than 6 months and you are travelling to the UK using a passport, then you can apply for a Visitor visa on arrival in the UK (unless you are from one of the countries on the red-list) and you will be permitted to study for up to 6 months with that visa. This is part of the new immigration rules change announced on 22 October 2020.

If you are a student from Ireland

If you are a student from Ireland, you do not need a visa to study in the UK and there is no requirement to apply for EU Settlement Scheme.

Enrolment and physical arrival deadlines

If you are yet to enrol or arrive in the UK 

If your course is due to start after 5 October 2020, you must have enrolled by the online enrolment deadline. This is also referred to as Course Registration. Enrolling allows you to complete module registration and to start your course in person or online.

You can find your official course start date on your offer letter and your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), if applicable.

Enrolment deadline

Your online enrolment deadline is two weeks from your official course start date if you are due to start an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught programme (including if you are an incoming study abroad student).

If you are due to start a Postgraduate Research programme (including if you are coming here for a short period as a visiting research student), your online enrolment deadline is four weeks from your official course start date.

Physical arrival deadline and Graduate route visa eligibility

Find out more about the Physical arrival deadline and Graduate route visa eligibility

Support

How can Warwick support you?

There are also events, activities and clubs you can take part in:

Warwick Presents

Spring Welcome Activities

Global Connections Club

Self isolation support

See our self-isolation guidance at Warwick

Arrivals checklists

If you have not arrived on campus, we have put together checklists that you may find helpful.

See your arrival checklists