On this page:
- Arrivals and travel
- Easter Travel Window
- Visa and immigration advice
- Enrolment and physical arrival deadlines
Frequently asked questions
- Do I need to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England?
- Can the Covid-19 tests provided on campus be used as Test to Release for international travel into the UK?
- Is the Lateral Flow Test valid for international travel departing the UK?
- Can I return to my on-campus or off-campus University managed accommodation before I have had two asymptomatic tests?
- What is the latest government advice for international students returning to the UK?
- Can I still enter the UK if I'm travelling from a country on the government list of banned countries?
- How do the teaching and learning plans for term 3 affect EU and international students?
- 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?
- I am entering or re-entering the UK (including UK and non-UK students participating in Erasmus+, exchange and Study Abroad students). Should I take extra measures to minimise the transmission of the virus?
- Will I have to self-isolate when I arrive?
- I am an international student, can I travel home for the Easter break?
- Graduate route visa eligibility
Arrivals and travel
Can I still enter the UK if I am travelling from a country on the government list of banned countries?
There are travel restrictions on passengers arriving in the UK from a number of countries. View the full list of banned 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.
In response to the latest Government announcement (13 April), we have provided guidance on returning to campus for term 3. For the latest information on who can return to face to face teaching, visit our Teaching and Learning page.
For all other students, we are not permitted to offer in-person teaching until the third phase of the Government roadmap – on or around 17 May. In the meantime, international students are permitted to study remotely without a visa, and continue with online teaching and learning.
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 21 June 2021 to qualify for the Route.
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 the start of 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 are not returning to face to face teaching and so are able to continue to study remotely, if it is possible to rearrange your travel arrangement without undue costs you could delay until we are permitted to offer in-person teaching in the third phase of the Government roadmap – on or around 17 May. However, if you are unable to then the UK border remains open and you can continue to travel to the UK as planned.
Your teaching will be online until around 17 May unless you are studying one of the courses that is resuming face to face teaching (see the Teaching and Learning page).
Please keep your academic department informed of your arrival date. If you receive an email from 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.
- If you are required to self-isolate upon arrival, you should only use public transport if you have no other option and you should follow safer travel guidance for passengers.
- If you are self-isolating you can only leave your accommodation in limited circumstances and should follow guidance on how to self-isolate when they travel to the UK.
- Further guidance is available on entering the UK.
- Find out more about self-isolation support at Warwick
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 travel ban 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 banned travel 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 travel ban 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.
Visa and immigration advice
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.
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
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.
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 with a travel ban) 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.
Enrolment and physical arrival deadlines
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.
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.
If you are an international student who have started or are starting a course in 2020/21 academic year (from September 2020 to 31 July 2021) , you must have enrolled by the above online enrolment deadline, and arrive in the UK before the physical arrival deadline.
If you are a 1-year Postgraduate taught student, you started your course in Sept/Oct 2020 and are interested in the Graduate Route visa, your physical arrival deadline is now 21 June 2021. If you are not interested in the Graduate Route visa, you will have the option to complete the whole of your course remotely if your course end date is before 4 October 2021. You must inform Student Immigration (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 21 June 2021if you wish to complete your course remotely.
If you started an undergraduate or a research course in 2020/21 academic year and you are not due to complete your course until 2022 or later, and you have not yet entered the UK, you will have the option to complete the whole of 2020/21 academic year remotely and delay your arrival to the UK up to 4 October 2021 (postgraduate research students must first obtain the approval from their academic department).
There are a small number of students who are on certain professional courses such as MBChB, or, courses that require face to face attendance in Term 3 due to specific course design or a practical element of the course. These students will receive a direct email from Student Immigration with their new latest arrival deadline.
If you started a course at Warwick before September/October 2020 but you have received a new CAS from Student Immigration since March 2020 and you have not used the new visa to enter the UK, you will have a flexible physical arrival deadline and Student Immigration will liaise with you directly on how to update it.
For international students who hold a Student Visa and wish to apply for the 2-year post-study work visa (Graduate route) (3 years for PhD graduates) 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 commenced a one-year or a 9-month Masters programme in September/October 2020, will be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route visa if they enter/re-enter the UK on or before 21 June 2021 and complete the final part of their studies in the UK.
- Students who are studying a degree level course or above lasting longer than a year in length, 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, as long as they have studied at least 12 months in the UK during their course.
- Students must apply for this visa within the UK when they hold a valid Student visa.
There are also events, activities and clubs you can take part in:
If you have not arrived on campus, we have put together checklists that you may find helpful.