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- Vaccinated US and EU/EEA residents can now benefit from the same exemption from quarantine (and from a day 8 test) as UK residents when arriving from amber list countries. The updated guidance sets out what to do before and after you arrive in England if you’ve been in an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive (and have not been in or passed through a red list country, or France) and you are fully vaccinated with an authorised vaccine in the USA or Europe.
- The red, amber and green lists of countries have been updated.
- From 19 July, fully vaccinated UK residents returning to England from most amber list countries will not need to quarantine.
- One exception to this new rule is France, from where it was announced over the weekend that all arrivals must continue to quarantine for 10 days at home or in other accommodation, regardless of vaccination status.
- It has been confirmed by the Home Office that the concessions allowing distance and blended learning have been extended until 6 April 2022; and students will be eligible to access the Graduate route provided they arrive in the UK either before their visa ends or by 6 April 2022.
- An extension of the ‘exceptional assurance’ arrangements has been granted until 30 September 2021 for temporary UK residents who need to stay longer because they cannot return to their home country for COVID-related reasons.
- Countries have been moved and added to the green, amber and red lists.
- Home Office guidance has been updated to reflect the deadline for 2021 graduates arriving in the UK and applying for the Graduate Route being extended from 21 June to 27 September.
- There is updated advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents on being able to exceptionally make an application in the UK under Covid-19 concessions.
- The Guardian covered the impact of COVID-19 on international student enrollments in Australia, including comments from the Education Minister, Alan Tudge.
- Guidance for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents has been updated to include that the concession for people who are outside the UK, and whose leave has expired before they were able to return, has been extended to 21 June 2021.
Guidance has been updated on how to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad.
The Green List of countries has been updated.
- Guidance has been published for the rules you must follow when entering England from red, amber and green list countries. From 17 May new rules will be introduced for green list countries relating to removing the requirement to quarantine unless you have a positive test, and only requiring a test on day 2. There is also a watchlist of countries where conditions may change and the country could be moved from the green list to the amber or red list.
Amber list countries will be required to self-isolate in their own accommodation, and red list countries will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, with both including tests on days 2 and 8.There is new guidance on how to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad.
The APPG for Universities has written to the Minister for Universities on allowing universities to manage the mandatory quarantine of students from red list countries.
Guidance has been updated for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents, including that if you are in a red list country and wish to apply for a visitor in transit or direct airside transit visa (DATV) your application can now be processed.
- UKCISA has published advice on how the red list of countries impacts on students and international travel.
- The Home Office has confirmed a new date for Graduate route applications and has agreed to delay the date by which international students must be in the UK to benefit from the concessionary basis when applying through the Graduate route. The date will change from 6 April to 21 June.
- The Government has announced that all individuals seeking to travel to the UK (even if they are a UK citizen) will be required to provide proof of a negative test. The test must be taken in the three days before the start of the journey to England.
- You do not need to take a test if you began your journey from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey, Ascension, Falkland Islands, St Helena. There are also exemptions for certain categories of jobs, as well as limited number of other categories.
- The guidance outlines specific details around the type of test and the information that the results must include.
- All travel corridors have been suspended.
- Individuals must isolate upon arrival for 10 days, regardless of the pre-departure test result. Individuals can opt into the Test to Release for International Travel scheme to shorten the self-isolation period.
- The Home Office released guidance for students whose vias expires between 1 January 2021 and 28 February 2021, and who intended to leave the UK but have not been able to do so – they may request additional time to stay known as ‘exceptional assurance’.
- Letter from Minister Donelan to International Students
- International students Covid-19 messaging script
- Department for Education – Travel guidance for education settings
- Home Office – Covid-19 factsheet: visa customers outside of the UK
- Home Office – Covid-19 factsheet: visa holders and short-term residents in the UK
- Home Office – Covid-19 factsheet: guidance for sponsors
- Home Office – Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors
- Joint ministerial letter to international students on 9th April 2020
- Joint ministerial letter to international students’ on 22nd June 2020
- Home Office – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students
- UKVI new guidance for visa migrants and visitors which gives those with leave expiring 31 July 2020 a month’s grace period to get a new visa or leave the UK. Those with leave until 31 August 2020 have the full month of August to do the same.
- The Home Office has made revisions to the guidance for migrants and visitors. This includes a new process for replacing expiring 30-day visas now that VACs are re-opening and a clarification that a new replacement will be valid for 90 days.
- Home Office – Updated Covid-19 guidance for Visa holders in the UK
- UKCISA – Information for international students
- UKCISA – Mindfulness seminar
- UKCISA – HEPI Blog Looking after international students during the Covid-19 crisis – and after
- Carter Thomas – Guidance on Tier 4 student coronavirus (Covid-19) related absences
- Carter Thomas – UK immigration updates
- IC Cafe Webinars – HE International Student Recruitment Covid-19 Tracker
- British Council – All Chinese provinces have now announced dates for the staggered reopening of schools and universities
Joint ministerial letter to international students
Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP has published a joint letter with her counterparts within the devolved administrations addressed to international students seeking to study in the UK. The letter,which IHE members have been asked to send to their prospective students, is written to ensure prospective students feel confident in their decision to come to the UK. It highlights:
- Universities and education providers are recruiting now and on an ongoing basis.
- The UK is launching a new Graduate work route for international students that will enable individuals to work, or look for work in the UK, at any skill level for two years after graduation.
- UK degrees main a globally high standard even if some provision is delivered online
- The UK government and devolved administrations are committed to safeguarding student wellbeing and safety
Please take a look on our website to read the documents in full.