The government 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.

All arrivals are required to undertake either one or two mandatory COVID-19 tests. Tests must be booked from a list of government-approved test providers at your own expense - you will not be able to use the College’s testing options.

You can also find more COVID-19 guidance for international students on the UKCISA website, though please note that this is general guidance only and will not take precedence over information you receive directly from the Imperial International Student Support team or the UK Visa and Immigration Service.

New rules from 4am on Monday 4 October 

The rules for international travel to England have changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Find out more about the new rules

Travel from red list countries 

Travel to England from red list countries is still permitted for a number of people, including students. 

You must follow these rules regardless of your vaccination status. 

Before you travel to England, you must:

You should book your place in a quarantine hotel before your book your flight to the UK. You may not be able to board a plane to the UK without confirmation of a quarantine hotel booking.

We are offering financial support to all students who are travelling to College for the start of the 2021–22 academic year from a red list country.

When you arrive in England, you must:

Travel from the rest of the world

If you are fully vaccinated

Visit the government webpage to check if you qualify as fully vaccinated and what proof you will need to provide. 

If you qualify as fully vaccinated you will have to:

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England. You can use either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England.

If you are not fully vaccinated

You must follow these rules if you:

  • do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
  • are partially vaccinated
  • are not vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release schemeTests must be booked from a list of government-approved test providers at your own expense - you will not be able to use the College’s asymptomatic testing scheme.