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International Students


You are advised to read the latest information on the University’s coronavirus guidance pages prior to travelling to the UK.

Travelling to the UK

There are a number of measures in place when travelling to the UK to help against the spread of coronavirus. The information below contains links to Government webpages which you are advised to read in full. 

There is currently a travel ban to the UK from certain countries but this does not apply to those who hold UK residence rights which includes if you hold a student visa or a status under the EU Settlement Scheme. If you arrive in the UK from one of the countries on this list, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days in a managed ‘quarantine hotel’. This includes where you have visited or passed through one of these countries in the 10 days prior to arrival in the UK. In addition, you can only arrive at specific airports so you are advised to check this before booking your travel. If you would be coming to Cambridge from one of the countries on the banned list for a short period of study with a visitor status, you would not be able to travel to the UK at this time.

Negative COVID-19 tests

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test in order to travel to the UK. The test must have been taken within the 3 days before departure to the UK.

You will also need to book a travel testing package in advance of travel. This will include COVID-19 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. 

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.

10 day quarantine on arrival

You will need to quarantine for 10 days after arrival. This may also be referred to as a period of self-isolation. You will need to take your pre-booked COVID-19 tests after arrival in the UK on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. You will not be able to leave quarantine until you have received both a negative result from your day 8 test and quarantined for 10 days.

If you will be arriving from certain countries you will need to undertake the period of self-isolation in a managed quarantine hotel which you will need to book prior to arrival. This includes where you have visited or passed through one of these countries in the 10 days prior to arrival in the UK.

It may be possible to shorten the self-isolation period if you have a negative COVID-19 test after arrival in the UK in accordance with the ‘test to release’ scheme. The earliest you can take one of the approved tests is 5 days. If you use the ‘test to release’ scheme, you still need to take the day 2 and day 8 tests. The ‘test to release’ scheme cannot be used by those who travel from certain countries.

National lockdown

A national lockdown is currently in place. Read the information on what you can and can’t do.


Guides for International Students

Our International Student Guide provides practical pre-arrival and orientation information to help students coming from outside the UK prepare for their move to Cambridge. It includes guidance on living in the UK, a useful glossary of Cambridge terminology and information about University support services.

Our Finding Your Way to Cambridge guide provides an overview of how to get to Cambridge from the main London airports usually used by students when travelling to the UK.

Our Opening a Bank Account guide provides information on bank accounts in the UK and the process for opening an account in Cambridge.

Stay Safe

Read the information as part of our Stay Safe information campaign. This outlines measures put together by the University and Colleges designed to keep students and staff safe, and minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Student visa information

For students who require a student visa for their studies at Cambridge, the section on Responsibilities on a student visa includes information for when you first arrive in the UK, collecting your BRP after entry and police registration.