What are the UK travel quarantine rules?

How to quarantine properly

If you are travelling to the UK, you will need to take certain steps due to COVID-19 which include self-isolating for 14 days and providing your journey and contact details by completing an online form 48 hours before you travel to the UK.  Click here to be taken to the form.

What are the UK travel quarantine rules?

  • You must leave the port or airport by car, wherever possible, and head straight to the location where you will quarantine for 14 days.
  • You should not receive visitors and should not leave your accommodation to buy food or other supplies if possible. Click here to order an essential food parcel to get you through the quarantine.
  • Other people who are staying in the same house as someone who is quarantining do not have to enter quarantine.

What will happen if I do not self-quarantine?

Failure to isolate for the full 14 days could result in a £1,000 fine.  If you are fined multiple times, the fines will increase each time to a maximum of £3,200.

Will the university allow me to stay in their accommodation?

Yes, universities are hoping to offer accommodation and most universities will allow international students to arrive two weeks before the standard arrival date so they can quarantine on arrival with no additional charge.

However, do expect changes, such as catering facilities not being available and TV rooms being closed for the foreseeable future. Universities that offer dorms with shared bathrooms may also not be able to accommodate students.

How do I feed myself and buy the things I need if I cannot leave my accommodation?

The university accommodation team may have some essential items, such as bedding, that you can buy from them and they will help you order food from local restaurants. You will also be able to order online from supermarkets whilst you are in quarantine. And if your first order is over £45 you will get a £5 discount if you insert ICEFIVE into the promo code section when you checkout.

You can also pre-arrange things like opening a bank account with a number of online banking apps and sort out a UK SIM before you arrive in the UK as well as  pre-order essentials for the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom which will get delivered to your accommodation.  Quote GBMAG10 at checkout to get a 10% discount.

In fact there is so much you can do to have a comfortable quarantine, so check out our top tips.

What do I do if I start developing Covid-19 symptoms

For most people the symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble those of the common cold or flu, but caution is recommended and these are the steps you should take.

Stay home, monitor your health and self-isolate from the people you live, especially those that have are in a high risk category.

  • If your symptoms worsen dial 111, which is a free-to-call non-emergency medical helpline operating in England, Scotland and parts of Wales. They will be able to advise you on next steps depending on your symptoms. In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the ambulance service.
  • Inform your university that you may have COVID-19 and if you have been on campus you will need to tell them where you visited.
  • Get tested within three days of showing symptoms. To find out the best way to get tested in your area call 111, ring your doctor if you have registered with a practice or email the international student support team at your university.

You may also want to read:

10 ways to survive quarantine 

How to complete the UK contact tracing form