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Travel from an Amber list country

Everybody arriving in the UK from an Amber list country, or has been in Amber list country in the 10 days prior to arrival, will need to do the following:

  • Negative COVID-19 tests

    You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test in order to travel to the UK. You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs.

  • Contact details

    Prior to travel, you will need to provide journey and contact details anytime in the 48 hours prior to arriving using an online form. To complete the form you will need your travel details (including times, dates, and flight number), your passport, and the address where you will stay in the UK.

Other requirements depend on whether you have been fully vaccinated in the UK, British Overseas Territories, US or Europe, as outlined below.

The restrictions, requirements, and categories are subject to change. We would advise you to check regularly for updates.

From 4am on 4 October 2021 the rules are changing. If you will arrive in England after this date, please check the information on the government website.

 

I have been fully vaccinated in the UK, USA or Europe

If you have been fully vaccinated in the UK, British Overseas Territories, USA or Europe you will not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK.

You will need to book a COVID-19 test to be taken on or before day 2 after your arrival in the UK. This must be booked in advance of travel. It is not possible to use the University's asymptomatic testing programme to take these tests instead of booking one of the government-approved testing packages prior to arrival. If the test is positive, you will need to quarantine for 10 days. You will also need to quarantine if someone you have travelled with tests positive and you have been notified by NHS Test and Trace.

Fully vaccinated means you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine in the UK, USA or Europe at least 14 whole days before you arrive in England. This does not apply if you have been fully vaccinated in another country outside the UK, USA or Europe even if it was with a vaccine that is approved in these countries.

The vaccine must have been authorised under:

  • the National Health Service in the UK;
  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) for Europe
  • Swissmedic for Switzerland
  • the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the USA

You will need to provide evidence to the travel provider that you have been fully vaccinated using one of the following:

  • vaccinated in UK: NHS COVID pass
  • vaccinated in Europe: EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe
  • vaccinated in US: CDC card for the USA – you’ll also need to show proof of USA residency, such as your USA passport, visa or Green Card
  • vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccination programme in British Overseas Territories-  you need to apply directly to the government of your Overseas Territory for a letter of proof.

If you have any queries specifically about the requirements to travel to the UK, the University’s COVID Helpdesk may be able to provide further clarification. You can email them at Covid-helpdesk@admin.cam.ac.uk or telephone +44 1223 339514.

I have not been fully vaccinated in the UK, US or Europe

You will need to quarantine for 10 days after arrival in your own accommodation. The day you arrive in the UK does not count towards your 10 day total – it is ‘day 0’. This may also be referred to as a period of self-isolation.

You will need to book COVID-19 test package in advance of travel. This will include tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine after arriving in the UK. Please note that these tests must be booked in advance of travelling to the UK. It is not possible to use the University's asymptomatic testing programme to take these tests instead of booking one of the government-approved testing packages prior to arrival. 

It may be possible to shorten the self-isolation period by paying for an extra COVID-19 test on day 5 of quarantine under the ‘test to release’ scheme. If the test is negative, you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result. If you use the ‘test to release’ scheme, you still need to take the day 2 and day 8 tests. If your day 2 test is positive, you would not be able to end quarantine early under this scheme.

If you have any queries specifically about the requirements to travel to the UK, the University’s COVID Helpdesk may be able to provide further clarification. You can email them at Covid-helpdesk@admin.cam.ac.uk or telephone +44 1223 339514.