Arriving in the UK
From this page, you can find information on all the things you might need to know when you arrive in the UK from overseas, whether you are just beginning your course or you are already a registered student and this is the first time you have been able to come to the country.
Before you travel
It is important to check the current government guidance on what you need to do before you travel to the UK. The guidance can change at short notice so it is important you read and familiarise yourself with the relevant rules before you book your travel to the UK from overseas.
Isolation on arrival and testing
If you are travelling from overseas, you must adhere to the government guidelines on quarantining. All arrivals are required to undertake 2 mandatory COVID-19 tests – on day 2 and day 8 of their 10-day quarantine. You must book a travel test package from a list of government-approved providers. This will be at your own expense. You cannot use the College’s asymptomatic testing scheme for these tests.
- If you have been in a country on the UK’s travel ban list in the previous 10 days you are required to purchase a quarantine package, which includes accommodation in a government-approved facility and testing.
If you are arriving from overseas you are also required to update your status on MyImperial by completing the COVID-19 self declaration form and selecting ‘I have recently entered the UK from a country not on the exempt country list and am self isolating’.
- If you test positive on either of your quarantine tests you must complete the COVID-19 self declaration form on MyImperial to notify the College’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Hub as well as registering the result with NHS Test and Trace. This will enable us to provide you with the support you need, including free meal deliveries if you are living in College halls of residence.
- Anyone arriving from a country on the UK's travel ban list will be required to purchase a quarantine package, which will include accommodation in a government-approved facility and testing.
- You can find out more information about the Test to Release scheme on our webpage.
- If you have been quarantining on arrival you may want to visit our pages on coping with isolation and loneliness and our Kind Mind Series video on coping with quarantine.
Accessing food while self-isolating
Healthcare and BRP
- You can access urgent healthcare assistance via NHS 111, you do not need to be registered with a doctor to use this service.
- You should register with a doctor as soon as you can after arriving in the UK.
- If you are no longer quarantining after international travel and you live in a halls of residence or are coming on to campus for study, you can use the College's asymptomatic testing scheme.
Biometric Residence Permits and registering with the Police
- Students on a study visa may be issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). If your card is coming to the College you will be emailed with more information when it arrives. If you have any questions you can get in touch with the International Student Support team.
- Students arriving from certain countries will need to register with the Police. Visit our Police registration webpage for up to date information.
Accommodation and advice
- If you are moving into one of the College's halls of residence, visit our webpage which details arrival information for halls.
- Our postgraduate accommodation webpage has information about accommodation in London.
- If you are living in private rented accommodation, visit our webpage detailing support in private accommodation during COVID-19.
- You should open a UK bank account as soon as you can after arriving in the UK but please complete any required period of quaratine first.
- You may wish to get a UK sim card for your phone when you arrive to help you stay connected. This article explains how to access a UK mobile phone or sim card.
- If you are not attending campus for your course you will not need a College ID Card. If you are on campus or living in halls, your academic department or hall of residence will be able to arrange for your College ID Card to be issued.