If you are an international student interested in UK study and need advice and support throughout this unprecedented period, please read below for the latest information.
SI-UK are closely monitoring local conditions and government advice in the UK, as well as across all our global offices. If you need to speak to someone, please reach out to our team and arrange a free online consultation with SI-UK India today.
The UK government has announced it will begin accepting India’s vaccine certificates from October 11th, helping ease quarantine and travel restrictions for Indian flyers.
From the above date, India will be added to the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination. This means that travellers with both doses of a UK-approved vaccine can show their proof of vaccination and complete a COVID test on day 2 of their visit, which needs to be booked before arrival. These rules apply to children below the age of 18 too.
International students in the UK are able to access vaccinations as they are rolled out across the country, meaning you may receive the vaccine quicker in the UK than your home country and will be protected when returning home.
Full guidance released by NHS England confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered to everyone aged 16 or over in the UK for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Once you have registered with a local GP in the UK, you can book your COVID-19 vaccination.
The UK government has announced that from 4am Monday 4th October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system previously used. Two lists will now be used to classify travellers, low-risk and red list.
From October 4th, vaccinated passengers arriving from low-risk countries will be permitted to take a cheaper lateral flow test, rather than the privately administered PCR lab tests now required. Unvaccinated travellers from low-risk countries will be required to take a pre-departure test, plus PCR tests on day two and day eight, and to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
If students are travelling from a country not on the red list, what they need to do depends on whether they're fully vaccinated against COVID-19 under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas.
If students are fully vaccinated, they must:
If students are not fully vaccinated, they must:
The latest red list countries can be found here.
For international students who need to complete a period of quarantine in managed hotel accommodation, a number of UK universities have announced they will reimburse the 10-day hotel quarantine and testing fees. Speak to an SI-UK consultant to learn more.
The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is amongst the best in the world and the UK is expected to be one of the first countries to be fully vaccinated.
On July 19th the UK government removed almost all COVID-19 restrictions in England, meaning an end to social distancing measures and caps on the numbers of people allowed to meet. Since then, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also followed with a similar lifting of restrictions.
If you would like to discuss your current application with one of our consultants, or have any questions about COVID-19 and its implications for UK study, we welcome one-to-one Skype/Zoom calls with our team who will be happy to help.
The below list of questions and answers will be updated when new information is released from the UK government and UK universities.
Students that have been issued a visa and decide not to travel, must inform the institution they are due to attend so their visa status can be updated. Should students wish to defer their studies, they would need to apply for a new visa as their current visa would not cover the full period of study for the next course.
All UK universities are currently making plans that will cover various potential scenarios for the 2021 academic year. Many campuses will be open, but hybrid learning will continue to take place, with face-to-face tuition and digital lectures and seminars allowing social distancing guidelines to be followed.
UK universities and SI-UK are accepting applications as normal in preparation for the January and September intake.
There will be no changes to how scholarships are allocated and many UK universities are currently finalising revised scholarship plans for future entry.
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