Update your vaccination record on the NHS if you have had an MHRA-approved vaccine outside of the UK.
Advice for students self-isolating (in ‘quarantine’) after arriving from overseas
While you are self-isolating, you will be able to use the kitchen and shared bathrooms (if applicable) in your flat, but please be mindful of social distancing and spend as much time in your room as you can. The other people you live with do not need to self-isolate.
For the full period, you must stay at home and not visit campus or elsewhere. The day you arrive in the UK is considered ‘Day 0’, so the first day of the period starts from your first full day in the UK.
Planning for travel to the UK from overseas
Please take your time to understand what you need to do, as there can be significant potential penalties for not providing correct information or failing to quarantine.
Carefully read the government guidance on travel to the UK from overseas, as the steps you need to take will vary depending on a number of factors.
If you are unsure or have any questions about travelling to the UK, please email the International Student Advisory team: email@example.com
- Please note that you must not use Lateral Flow Test facilities during your self-isolation (quarantine) when you arrive in the UK.
Quarantine Support Package 2021/22
We understand the significant disruption that the coronavirus pandemic has caused, particularly to international travel.
To help our international students with some of the additional costs that they may face in traveling to Reading to study, we have put in place the University of Reading Quarantine Support Package 2021/22.
Apply for the Quarantine Support Package
The package consists of two separate sources of financial assistance for eligible students:
Quarantine Hotel Costs
- If you are travelling from, or via, a country or territory on the UK Government’s red list, you are currently required to undertake 10 full days of ‘managed quarantine’ in hotel accommodation on immediate arrival in the UK.
- The cost of managed quarantine is £1,750 for bookings made on or before 11 August 2021 or £2,285 for bookings made on or after 12 August 2021. This includes COVID-19 tests.
- The University of Reading will reimburse the £1,750 or £2,285 cost for eligible students, applying the refund as a credit against your tuition fees for the academic year 2021/22.
- We are unable to pay towards the cost of hotel quarantine for spouses, parents/guardians or dependents.
Travel COVID-19 tests
- Arrival in the UK before 0400 4 October 2021 – If you are travelling from, or via, a country or territory on the UK Government's green or amber list, you are required to go through a process of COVID-19 testing: one test for green list arrivals and 2 for amber list arrivals (with a voluntary third test, if you participate in the Test to Release scheme).
- Arrival in the UK from 0400 4 October 2021 – The green and amber system of classifying countries and territories ends on 4 October 2022 (the red list arrangements will stay in pace). Travellers who qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ by the UK government will only be required to take a single COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after their arrival in England. Travellers who do meet the definition of fully vaccinated must follow the testing schedule for amber list arrivals detailed above.
- COVID-19 tests are arranged through private providers and the cost varies. The University of Reading will contribute to the cost of up to three mandatory COVID-19 tests undertaken upon arrival in the UK up to a limit of £70 per test (£210 in total), applying the refund as a credit against your tuition fees for the academic year 2021/22.
- We are unable to pay towards the cost of any mandatory COVID-19 tests taken in your home country before departure to the UK.
- Please read the full terms and conditions, including details of the claims process. Please ensure you keep copies of receipts – these will be required to make a claim.