This article explains the financial support available to students arriving in England from a country not on the red list. If you are arriving from a red list country, please see our separate article Financial support for students arriving in England from a red list country

Essential information 
Before travelling to England, please read the 'Before you travel' checklist on GOV.UK and make sure you understand the national restrictions for travelling to England from outside the UK.


The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for universities, including information on New and returning students travelling from overseas. This explains rights for entering the UK: “Residence rights includes those with an entry clearance or visa that grants such leave, for example, students, holders of existing leave to enter or remain such as those students with biometric residence permits, and holders of EU Settlement Scheme (‘EUSS’) leave."


As you prepare to travel to the UK, we strongly advise you to read the following articles below:


Testing and Quarantine costs 
England’s traffic light system for travel changed on 4 October 2021 and there is now only a red list of countries. If you travelled before this date from a previous amber or green list country, then as long as you meet the relevant eligibility criteria below then you can still submit a claim for financial support.

When travelling to England from a country that is not on the red list, testing and quarantine rules are dependent on whether you are fully vaccinated or not. 



If you are fully vaccinated



If you are not fully vaccinated 


Claiming financial support 


In this section:


How do I submit a claim? 
You must submit a claim once travel has occurred/ upon completing self-isolation.
The deadline for all applications and evidence is 31 October 2021. Any incomplete applications will not be considered. 



To claim the contribution payment:  

  1. Complete the  Financial Support for the KCL Covid-19 For Day 2, Day 2 & 8 & Test to Release Scheme form which requires you to:  
  • Confirm your details; 
  • Provide a receipt for the costs accrued when you paid for Test to Release.
  • Provide evidence of where you have travelled from (e.g. a boarding pass or flight confirmation).   
  1. Your details will be  processed and all payments will be made via your Student Account to a UK bank account.  
  2. If you have a non-UK bank account then you can provide alternative bank details by emailing student grants. Within your email, please quote your student ID for verification purposes. 


Important to know:  Please make sure you attach the required evidence otherwise your payment will be delayed.  
When will my claim be processed?
We are processing claims as we receive them, so successful applicants should be paid within 20 working days of submitting a claim. You will only be contacted if your application is unsuccessful or if further information is needed. If you have not received payment after 20 working days of submitting a claim, and have not been contacted by us, please log a case with Student Services.
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