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Getting ready to study in the UK? What you need to know and expect

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The Ground Situation in the UK

Being the first country to start a vaccination scheme on a global scale, the UK has eased travel restrictions and become a forerunner in taking all the necessary safety precautions and measures to ensure a safe and protected environment for nationals and foreigners travelling to the UK on business, visit, study and work.

Main and Ongoing Restrictions

All UK arrivals must provide a negative test taken within the past 72 hours, andcomplete a Passenger Locator Form before arriving in the UK. 

A traffic light-based travel system – red, amber and green — is now in place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Click here to view which country is on which list. All international arrivals will be required to complete a pre-departure test , complete a passenger locator form  and book a travel test package.  

‘Red’ country arrivals are banned from travelling to the UK. However, if you have a student visa, or you have been granted EUSS leave, then then this ban does not apply to you because you have residence rights in the UK. However, you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel , and your pre-booked travel test package will include a test on days two and eight. 

‘Amber’ country arrivals will be required to self-isolate in your own accommodation, and your travel test package will include a test on days two and eight. You can take part in the Test to Release for international travel scheme  if you are arriving from an ‘amber’ country, and pay for a private Covid-19 test five days after arriving in the UK. If the test is negative, you can stop self-isolating.  

‘Green’ country arrivals will not have to self-isolate on arrival, and your travel test package will include a test on day two. 

The current UK travel restrictions are set be reviewed on June 28, and again no later than July 31 and October 1, 2021. Please, contact an education agent in your country, or get in touch with your university and they will support you with all the information you need.  

As an international student, will I be able to get the vaccine in the UK?

In order to book a Covid-19 vaccine, international students should register with a local GP  (General Practitioner) and get an NHS number. An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find your NHS number using this tool.  

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, you can request to book your Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. For more information on the UK’s vaccination programme, visit the NHS website.  

For further questions about the Covid-19 vaccination and international students in England, visit the FAQs on the NHS website.  Please note, this FAQ applies to England only. 

Ease of Restrictions

The UK was the world’s first country to begin a vaccination program, which has lessened the burden on the National Health Service. Restrictions are now being eased across the UK, but what you are allowed to do in each region still varies.  

On June 1, zero Covid deaths were recorded across all four nations of the UK. Over 74.6 million people have had their first vaccination in the UK, 31.5 have been fully vaccinated, which is 47.2% of the population. 

Read more about how the UK’s Vaccine Drive and how The University of Law plans to open in person classes for all international students for the Fall Intake 2021.

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