Self-isolation for students arriving in the UK

19 August 2020

report coverUpdated version: December 2020 

This guidance was updated on 18 December 2020 to include:

          •  new developments ahead of January 2021 returns
          •  information on Test to Release scheme (England only)
          •  isolation period updated from 14 to 10 days as per UK government announcement
          •  additional resources in the annexes

On 8 June 2020, the UK government implemented a policy of self-isolation for arrivals in the UK. The aim is to help manage the risks to public health from coronavirus (Covid-19).

On 11 December 2020, the UK government announced a change to the self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days. Arrivals in the UK from a non-exempt country, territory or island must travel directly to the place they are staying and not leave until 10 days have passed since they were last in a non- exempt country, territory or island.

It is in this context that this guidance and checklist has been produced. 


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