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What is the latest Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) advice on international travel?

The FCO has issued an Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice in light of the current pandemic:

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

For more information, please see the latest Government advice.

What should I do if I have recently travelled to a country or area affected by Covid-19?

Government advice on returning from other countries has now been superseded by the Stay At Home guidance.

Stay at home  
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work 
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people 
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home 

These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded

Further NHS guidance can be found here.

As a student, can I make travel arrangements to go home in the Easter break?

Some of you may prefer to return home, if home is abroad. We appreciate the reasons why you may prefer that and understand your choice if that is your decision. We will support you on your return. Please notify Student Services if you do decide to return home. 

However, if international students do choose to return home overseas now, there will be uncertainty about when you will be able to return to the UK, or what quarantine restrictions may exist on your return. The current situation is predicted to last some months. Potentially, students may therefore miss some of their course and assessments, and this may mean you need to defer studies for a year. We of course appreciate the pressures you are feeling, and will do our best to support you out of the country, and when you return.  

We are working hard to flex our courses and assessments to accommodate the changing situation and will continue to keep you updated as arrangements are made.

Travel advice for St George's staff

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My flights have been cancelled and I can’t get back to the UK on my booked flight – what should I do? New
Please either contact the normal travel booker in your Institute to help you rebook via our travel agent or airline, or contact the airline yourself if that is easier/more efficient in your current situation. You should be able to claim any additional costs of doing that via SGUL's insurance. If you need to incur additional accommodation costs the length of any extended stay would need to be reasonable and costs incurred would need to be less than the cost of travelling home by other means (where it is possible to do so). Additional costs should be charged to the same place as the original travel in the first instance, any insurance reimbursement will go to the same place once received.
I’m currently overseas and want to come home before my planned return? New
Please either contact the normal travel booker in your Institute to help you rebook via our travel agent or airline, or contact the airline yourself if that is easier/more efficient in your current situation. If there are additional costs incurred to change your flight then it is unlikely that these will be claimable via insurance unless the FCO have issued advice to leave the country you are in or your host has cancelled your visit. Additional costs should be charged to the same place as the original travel in the first instance.
My trip has been cancelled and not all of my costs were refunded – can I/how do I make an insurance claim?
For more information, visit this page.
Can I claim on insurance for the cancellation of travel related to St George’s?
For more information, visit this page.

 

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