Updated 17 June 2021

Update for students joining us in academic year 2021-22

If you require a visa to study in the UK, the current guidance from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is that you must plan to travel to England to start your studies before the start date of your programme. 

If there is any further update from UKVI, we will inform you immediately. If you need guidance about your student visa, please contact:international@imperial.ac.uk. 

When you travel from abroad to England, you should visit the government website for more information. All arrivals are required to undertake either one or two mandatory COVID-19 tests depending upon if you are returning from a red, amber or green COVID-19 country. 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 asymptomatic testing scheme. If you are required to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel, the College will be offering a £500 rebate on the cost of booking. More information will be provided in the coming months.

We strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with the UK’s government’s Guidance: Red, amber and green list rules for entering England.  

On this page, you will find the rules on what you must do when you arrive in England from abroad. These rules depend on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. 

This page also includes the UK’s 'red list' of travel ban countries, which exists to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variants within the UK. Travel to England from red list countries is still permitted for a number of people.

Students based in red list countries or territories who plan on joining us in academic year 2021-22

If you are based in a red list country (or you will have been in a red list country in the 10 days prior to travelling to the UK), please rest assured that we are currently in the process of confirming the arrangements for how you can start your studies with us.  

This is an evolving situation and we are continuing to work with the UK government to ensure that we can offer you the best possible start to your study experience. 

Your department will be in touch with you in June to confirm the arrangements if you are prevented from travelling to the UK for reasons including the UK travel ban for certain countries. We will also publish more information in this section.  

You can also find more COVID-19 guidance for international students on the UKCISA websitethough 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.

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.

Arriving from overseas

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive – visit the government website from more information. All arrivals are required to undertake either one or two mandatory COVID-19 tests depending upon if you are returning from a red, amber or green COVID-19 country. 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 asymptomatic testing scheme. 

Red list countries 

Before you travel to England you must: 

Amber list countries 

Before you travel to England you must: 

On arrival 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 

Green list countries: 

Before you travel to England you must: 

You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive. 

You must self-isolate if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Self-isolating

Accessing food while self-isolating

Healthcare and BRP

Accessing healthcare

  • 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

Accommodation

Practical advice

  • 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.