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Covid-19: Travelling to the UK

The health, safety and wellbeing of all our students is top priority for St George’s, University of London. There are a number of measures in place when travelling to the UK to help against the spread of coronavirus. The steps you need to take depend on where you are travelling from and whether you are considered to be ‘fully vaccinated’ as defined by the UK government. 

For current information about the university's response to Covid-19, please go to


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What do I need to know about travelling to the UK?

What you must do before you travel to England from another country during coronavirus (Covid-19), depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England. 

Fully vaccinated

Students vaccinated overseas in any of the approved list of vaccines and countries will be able to certify their vaccination status.

Before travelling to England, you must:

After you arrive in England you must take the Covid-19 test that you booked before travel.   You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate.  If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test.  You must follow the rules set out in ‘How to quarantine or self-isolate’

If you have not been fully vaccinated (or you do not qualify as fully vaccinated)

You can still travel to England if you do not qualify as fully vaccinated but you must follow different rules.

Before travelling to England, you must:

After you arrive in England you must:

You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.  If the test result is positive, you may be required to isolate for longer, for e.g. if you test positive on day 8. 

Test to Release scheme

If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Quick links for 2021-22 international applicants

  • Student route Visa guide 2021-22 (PDF) – contains essential information about the student visa process including how to apply, CAS and supporting documents.
  • Pre-departure guide 2021-22 (PDF) – contains practical pre-arrival and induction information (including Covid-19 advice) to help students plan their move to St George’s.


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