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Arriving in the UK

International students arrive at Birmingham AirportArriving in January 2021

Covid-19 tests

All International Students arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to protect against new coronavirus strains circulating internationally.

A negative pre-departure test reduces the risk of someone travelling whilst infectious, acting as another safeguard to prevent infections. Passengers must self-isolate for ten days regardless of their pre-departure test result.  International Students will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before your departure.  The test must be taken up to 72 hours before your flight.  If you don’t present proof of a negative test result certificate, you may not be able to board your transport to England.  If you arrive in England without proof of a negative test result, you could be fined £500.

Passenger locator form

You must also complete your passenger locator form, which can be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.  To complete the passenger locator form you need:

Your passport details

Your travel details, including times and dates

The address where you will stay in the UK

A booking reference number and the name of the test provider, if you’re using Test to Release to find out if you can end self-isolation early

Passenger locator registration

Other information

The UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrival into England to ensure that international arrivals are fully compliant.


If you are planning to start your studies at BCU in January 2021 get the latest guidance and information about travelling to the UK.

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