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There are a number of measures in place when travelling to the UK to help against the spread of coronavirus. The steps you need to take depend on where you are travelling from and whether you are considered to be ‘fully vaccinated’ as defined by the UK government. 

It is important to read the government guidance in full but we provide an overview of the requirements for travel and arrival to the UK on this page.

Travel from a red list country

If a country is on the 'red list', additional measures are required when travelling to the UK. You should check the 'red list' before you travel as it is possible it could be updated at short noticed. If you will be travelling from a ‘red list’ country, or have been in a ‘red list’ country 10 days prior to arrival in the UK, an overview of the requirements are outlined on our Red List country information page.

Travel from rest of the world

If you are not travelling from a ‘red list’ country, the requirements you need to follow depend on whether you are considered to be ‘fully vaccinated’.

What does it mean to be considered 'fully vaccinated'?

'Fully vaccinated' is defined by the UK government and is based on having a full course of an approved vaccine either in the UK or in one the countries listed at least 14 days before you arrive. Do not assume if you have had a full course of a vaccine that is approved in the UK you are considered to be ‘fully vaccinated’ for UK travel purpose as it depends on where you had the vaccine. Information on approved vaccines, the list of countries and how to evidence proof of vaccination is outlined on the government website.

If you are considered ‘fully vaccinated’

If you meet the specific definition of being ‘fully vaccinated’ you will need to do the following:

  • Book a COVID-19 test to be taken on or before day 2 after your arrival in the UK. This can be a lateral flow test or a PCR test. This must be booked in advance of travel. It is not possible to use the University's asymptomatic testing programme to take this test instead of booking one of the government-approved testing packages prior to arrival. If the test is positive, you will need to self-isolate. If you booked a lateral flow test and test positive, you will need to take a free confirmatory PCR test.
  • 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, the address where you will stay in the UK and the booking reference number for your booked day 2 COVID-19 test.  

If you are not considered ‘fully vaccinated’

If you do not meet the specific definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ you will need to do the following:

  • 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 2 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs.
  • You will need to book a COVID-19 PCR 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.
  • 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, the address where you will stay in the UK and the booking reference number for your booked day 2 COVID-19 test.
  • You will need to quarantine for 10 full 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. 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.

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

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.