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From 4am on Monday 11th October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change 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 not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.   

Travel if you are fully vaccinated 

You will only qualify as fully vaccinated if you've received  a full course of an approved vaccine. A full list of country-specific approved vaccines can be found here.

Under the new rules, you will need to book a day 2 COVID-19 test to be taken after arrival in England, and complete your passenger locator form within 48 hours before you arrive in England. 

Under the new rules, you will not need to take a pre-departure test, take a day 8 COVID-19 test, or self-isolate on arrival in England.   

Travel if you are not fully vaccinated 

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine in private or University accommodation on arrival.   

As such, before you travel to England you must: 

After you arrive in England you must quarantine in your own private accommodation, or purchase a University supported quarantine package (see below) for 10 days, and take the day 2 and day 8 tests.   

Travel if you are not fully vaccinated 

If you are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or fully vaccinated from a country not listed above, you are still considered ‘not fully vaccinated,’ and will need to quarantine in private or University accommodation on arrival.   

As such, before you travel to England you must: 

After you arrive in England you must quarantine in your own private accommodation, or purchase a University supported quarantine package (see below) for 10 days, and take the day 2 and day 8 tests.   

Red country arrivals 

Red country arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, and their travel test package will include a test on BOTH DAYS TWO AND EIGHT.  The Department for Education has published an FAQ guide to help explain the managed quarantine service.   

Important Information 

If you have any transit stops through a red list country, you will need to adhere to the red list UK arrival policy (see above). 

If you have a stopover on your way to the UK, please ensure you research that country’s own COVID safety travel requirements, as additional steps may be needed in order to transit through other airports. 

Keep us informed: Please contact covidstudent@chester.ac.uk immediately if you test positive. 

International Arrivals Form 

All overseas students must provide their arrival details to the University before travelling to the UK by completing the International Arrivals Form.  

 

Supporting your arrival in the UK and transfer to the University 

The University has arranged a safe and effective airport transfer service for all students who are not arriving from red list countries.

Cost: £50.  Click here to book.

  • If travelling to Chester or Warrington, we will collect you from Manchester Airport only.

  • If travelling to Shrewsbury, we will collect you from Manchester or Birmingham Airport only.  

If you would like to make use of the airport collection service, you will need to ensure you book at least 2 working days before your flight is due to arrive. (Please note working days do not include Saturday and Sunday).  

IMPORTANT: Please note that face masks need to be worn when in the airport terminal building, on public transport and in taxis in the UK.  

Self-Isolation

We have developed a supported quarantine package for international students not considered fully vaccinated. This is for single travellers only; students arriving with partners or families will need to secure private accommodation for the quarantine period. 

Details of the package options and prices can be found below:

Taxi + 10-day Supported Self-Isolating Experience in University owned accommodation 

Who is eligible?

  • Both new and returning international and EU students who are not fully vaccinated
  • Only suitable for students who have booked to live in private or partner owned student accommodation AND who are required to self-isolate for 10-days on arrival in the UK

What does this option include?

  • Personal taxi collection from Manchester airport or Birmingham airport (for UCS students) and drop-off at the University's self-isolation accommodation
  • University owned, standard self-catered accommodation for 11 nights, includes own bedroom, with shared kitchen, and en-suite bathroom.  
  • Food Pack delivery
  • Kitchen Pack
  • Recorded pre-departure self-isolation briefing
  • Online peer support and social activities during quarantine period
  • Ongoing support from the Wellbeing Team
  • Out of hours emergency support on campus

What is the additional cost?

Taxi + 10-day Supported Self-Isolating Experience in University owned accommodation

Who is eligible?

  • Both new and returning international and EU students who are not fully vaccinated
  • Only suitable for students who have booked to live in University owned student accommodation AND who are required to self-isolate for 10-days on arrival in the UK

What does this option include?

  • Personal taxi collection from Manchester airport or Birmingham airport (for UCS students) and drop-off at the University's self-isolation accommodation
  • University owned, standard self-catered accommodation for 10 nights, includes own bedroom, with shared kitchen, and en-suite bathroom.  
  • Food Pack delivery
  • Kitchen Pack
  • Recorded pre-departure self-isolation briefing
  • Online peer support and social activities during quarantine period
  • Ongoing support from the Wellbeing Team
  • Out of hours emergency support on campus

What is the additional cost?

Self Isolation Location

  • If you book a package, you should arrive at: Sumner House, Delamere Street, Chester CH1 4DS
  • Please head to the Main Entrance and a staff member will let you into the building and advise on next steps.