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Arrivals, immigration and dates

Arrivals, immigration and dates

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Arrivals and travel

Pre-departure testing

The Government guidance explains that from 4am on Monday 18 January 2021 passengers arriving in England will have to take a test up to 3 days before departure and provide evidence of a negative result before they travel. All passengers will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result - all travel corridors for people arriving in England are currently suspended.

View the full guidance.

Travel restrictions on passengers arriving in the UK from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde

From Friday 15 January Government announced that entry to the UK is banned for passengers arriving from destinations across South (and Central) America, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde.

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. People with residence rights include holders of an entry visa meaning that you are still able to enter the UK with a student visa. View the foreign travel guidance for affected countries.

How will staggered teaching start dates affect EU and international students?

We have been required to amend the start dates for face to face teaching to align with the newly issued government guidelines on 4 January 2021. This means that all courses will be delivered remotely (on-line only) from the beginning of term (11 January 2021) until at least Mid-February, with the exception of MBChB, Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Social Work students who should return to campus and/or placements in line with their pre-existing arrangements.

The government have advised that students who do not study these courses should remain where they are wherever possible and start their term online until at least Mid-February. At the end of Term One, we had already extended our physical arrival advice until the end of term two for non-UK students who are unable to travel to Warwick due to Covid restrictions. If you require a student visa and your physical arrival deadline was 11 January 2021, we will be liaising with your academic departments and will update your new arrival deadline shortly. You will receive an email around mid-January to confirm the update on your CAS/immigration record.

These amended start guidelines are in place to limit the transmission of Covid-19 and we urge you to follow them. We do recognise that some of you will already be on campus or in the local area if you stayed over the Christmas vacation.

We also know some of you may have booked travel to return or have returned already, – for example if you already had booked international flights. If it is possible to rearrange your travel arrangement without undue costs then you are advised to delay until at least mid-February; however, if you are unable to then UK border remains open and you can continue to travel to the UK as planned. From 4am on Monday 18 January 2021, all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. Read the full requirements. Please make sure to check additional entry requirements and restrictions that have been introduced due to COVID-19 before travelling to the UK. You must also complete a passenger locator form on arrival in the UK. See more details on what to do if you're 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, and on what is available to you on campus if you are going to be here before your face-to-face teaching resumes.

Visa and immigration advice for EU and non-EU 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.

In particular, you need to be aware of the new guidance published by the UKVI on 22 December 2020 in relation to the Graduate Route visa:

  • Students who are completing their course in summer 2021, including those who commenced a one-year Masters programme in September 2020, will be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route (post-study work visa) if they enter the UK on or before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK. 
  • Students who are studying courses lasting longer than a year in length, which are not due to be completed in 2021, and who have studied all or part of the 2020/21 academic year via distance learning will not have any period of distance learning during the 2020/21 academic year held against them in relation to the Graduate route.

For new students, please remember that your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and your travel visas are only valid for a limited time period so please make sure both are still valid before you try to use them.

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

In additional to the point above, if you are an EU student 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 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.

How can Warwick support you?

Find out about wellbeing support available and how we can support you if you are self-isolating.

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

Warwick Presents

Spring Welcome Activities

Global Connections Club

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

This might apply to you if you are travelling from outside of a Travel Corridor.

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


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

If you are an international student starting after 5 October 2020, you must have enrolled by the online enrolment deadline. The latest physical arrival date in the UK is stated on your CAS (as amended) and it is 6 April 2021 for most students.

The University has not yet made a decision in terms of how Term 3 will look like and so the physical arrival deadline remains unchanged at this time. If this changes we will update you by email and by updating this webpage.

For international students who hold a Student Visa and wish to apply for the 2-year post-study work visa (Graduate route) which will be launched in the summer of 2021, the following guidance applies: 

  • Students who were required to commence or continue their studies via distance or blended learning due to COVID-19 will be eligible to switch into the graduate route on a concessionary basis even if they spend some time studying outside the UK. 
  • Students who are completing their course in summer 2021, including those who commenced a one-year Masters programme in September 2020, will be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route if they enter the UK on or before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK. 
  • Students who commence a one-year Masters programme in January 2021 will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies In the UK   
  • Students who are studying courses lasting longer than a year in length, which are not due to be completed in 2021, and who have studied all or part of the 2020/21 academic year via distance learning will not have any period of distance learning during the 2020/21 academic year held against them in relation to the Graduate route.