In this article:
- What reasons can I legally travel overseas for?
- Before you leave the UK:
- Visa and Immigration support
- Returning to the UK
The Department for Education has confirmed that students already at their term-time address will be able to travel to their non-term address for the Spring break (1 April to 25 April at King’s) if they choose to do so and as long as international travel restrictions allow. The government strongly advises, however, that students should remain in their term-time address wherever possible in order to reduce the virus transmission risks of travel.
Before you leave the UK
What documents will I need?
From 8 March 2021, you will need to complete a travel declaration form for international travel to declare your legally permitted reason to travel at this time. For more guidance on filling out the travel declaration form, please visit the GOV.uk webpages.
Important to know: If you are travelling out of Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, please visit the GOV.uk webpages for further guidance.
Alongside your travel declaration form, you will need to provide proof that you are a member of an academic institution.
You can download a Confirmation of study letter, which will confirm your personal and course details. If you require your letter to include additional information, you can request for a 'Non standard Confirmation of Study letter'.
If you need to apply for a visa, you should also request for a travel letter, which you’ll be able to give to an embassy in support of your visa application.
Booking your coronavirus test
Before booking your flight, you should frequently check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for the country you are travelling to.
If your destination requires you to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test to be permitted to entry the country, you must use a private test provider.
You can find an approved supplier on the GOV.uk webpages.
Important to know:
- The NHS Test and Trace testing service or the King's lateral antigen flow test is not suitable for overseas travel. Please consult with airlines and national restrictions in your destination country regarding required tests and certifications before boarding your flight.
- Before obtaining proof of a negative coronavirus test from a private medical provider, you should check that your provider meets the minimum standards for private providers of COVID-19 testing (Testing to Release for International Travel) on Gov.uk.
Before you leave the UK, you should check that you will be able study remotely and ensure that you’ll be able to engage with your studies overseas.
Our articles Remote study during 2020-21 & Semester 2: Courses that are not eligible for remote study offer further support on studying remotely during Semester 2.
Other articles you may find useful:
- What support is there for my mental health & wellbeing during self-isolation and remote study?
- What software & systems do I need to know about for my studies?
- Can I get a letter confirming I'm studying remotely?
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 leaving the UK during the pandemic.
Please read our article I need to travel to the UK for guidance on returning to the UK.