The UK government has advised that they will review the return of university students not already being taught on campus "by the end of the Easter holidays". Due to this deadline being close to the end of term and start of Examination period 2. King's has already communicated to these students that the remainder of the academic year will be taught online. If you are unable to access resources from home then you can come to campus if you need to use a library, computer room or informal study space.
If you are currently abroad and know that you will continue to study online for the 2020-21 academic year, please consider whether you have an essential reason to travel to the UK and make sure you understand the national restrictions for travelling to England from outside the UK.
Visa support & advice
We advise you to read the Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents which contains guidance on what you can do if you’re outside the UK and your leave has expired and guidance applying for a visa outside the UK.
If you need further support with obtaining a visa at this time, contact the Advice and Guidance team. See the section ‘What visa/immigration support can I access while at King’s?’ for more information.
Before applying for a visa, you should ensure you are not travelling from one of the countries on the 'Travel ban red list'.
Engaging with your Department/Faculty
You can also see a list of courses not eligible for remote study in Semester 2 in our article Semester 2: Courses that are not eligible for remote study
How can I prepare for my arrival to the UK?
- Providing a test result
- Providing your contact details
- Booking your coronavirus tests or quarantine package
Everyone travelling to the UK must have proof of a negative coronavirus test. The test must be taken in the 3 days before you depart. Your test results must either be in English, French or Spanish. You will be required to show the test result before boarding a plane, train or ferry, and may be asked to show your test result upon arrival to the UK.
You need to provide your journey and contact details in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You must do this by . You’ll need to show proof that you’ve completed the form when you and you will be required to show a printed or an electronic copy of this form to officials.
If possible, try to have both a printed and electronic copy of this form.
You will need to follow specific guidance depending on whether you’ve have travelled in or through a country on the travel ban red list.
In addition to obtaining a negative coronavirus test, you must take 2 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on day 2 and day 8 of self-isolation. This is a mandatory requirement which is part of variant tracking.
You may be able to reduce the amount of time you spend in self-isolation through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.
If you test positive on either day 2 or day 8, you will have to self-isolate for another 10 days from the point in which you test positive.
Booking your travel testing package
You must book your testing package before arriving in England; testing packages can be booked via the International Arrivals covid testing package webpages. Before booking your testing package, please ensure that you’ve read and understood the guidance on the GOV.UK webpages.
You may be able to reduce the amount of time in self-isolation by taking part in the Test to Release scheme. The Test to Release for international travel scheme gives you an option to pay for a private COVID-19 test 5 calendar days after you have arrived in England.
The Travel to Release scheme is independent of the NHS and you can only use an approved supplier. Using the NHS Test and Trace testing service to end isolation early can result in you being fined.
To support international, EU, EEA & Swiss students who have an essential reason to travel to the UK, King’s is offering to contribute towards a private COVID-19 test up to the value of £100. Read our article Test to Release for more information.
If you test negative on day 5 of isolation you will receive a certificate and a code to enter on your passenger release form – this test can be used for early release although you are still required to complete the test on day 8.
If you test positive, you will have to self-isolate for another 10 days from the point that you test positive.
Before booking your package, please ensure that you’ve read and understood the guidance on quarantining in a managed quarantine hotel. You can find detailed guidance on the GOV.uk webpages.
You must book your Managed Quarantine Package before arriving in the UK; to book this visit the International Arrivals covid testing package webpages.
We also recommend referring to the UK government advice and regulations about Entering the UK.
When you arrive in the UK
- Self isolation if you are living in a King’s or private residence
- Setting up banking in the UK
- Looking after your heath
- Visa responsibilities and support
- Preparing to arrive/return to campus
What visa/immigration support can I access while at King’s?
Our article International student advice and support summarises the various support options accessible to our international student community throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
The UK Council for International Students (UKCISA) have put together a comprehensive guide for international students living and studying in the UK during this time and covers further guidance on returning to the UK as an international student.