Travel Advice

Travel advice for international students

Have a look below at the travel information that we have gathered for you. Here, you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions and you will also be able to access links to important information provided by official government sources.

This information is updated regularly, so please have a look at it frequently as travelling rules may change from time to time.

The information below has been last updated on 07/04/2022

Travelling to the UK

From 11th February 2022, all under-18s coming to England, will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border, regardless of their individual vaccination status and will need to follow guidance for fully vaccinated people.

Will I need to take a coronavirus test before travel?

No. You do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before or after you arrive.

Will I need to quarantine on arrival?

No. You do not need to quarantine on arrival to the UK. This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

Will I need to be vaccinated?

No, you do not need to be vaccinated to enter the UK.

Further information & travel advice

If you would like to have a look at the UK Government’s website for the last news and updates regarding travelling, please click here.

Travelling to Canada

To be able to enter Canada as a student you must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit and you must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory

Even if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have a 14-day quarantine plan in place before arriving in Canada. The border services officers will make the final decision about whether you qualify as a fully-vaccinated traveller.

See the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans

Will I need to take a coronavirus test before travel?

Pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada. All travellers entering Canada must submit vaccination information via ArriveCAN within 72 hours of your arrival.  You must also follow quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe.

Will I need to quarantine on arrival?

You must have a 14-day quarantine plan in place before arriving in Canada. The border services officer will make the final decision about whether or not you qualify.

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, your unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children must follow specific requirements when you enter Canada. This applies to unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children under 12 years of age who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller when they entered Canada.

Will I need to quarantine on arrival?

You must have a 14-day quarantine plan in place before arriving in Canada. The border services officer will make the final decision about whether or not you qualify.

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, your unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children must follow specific requirements when you enter Canada. This applies to unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children under 12 years of age who are accompanying a parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller when they entered Canada.

Will I need to be vaccinated?

Yes, you do need to be vaccinated to enter Canada.

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received, at least 15 calendar days by the day you travel:

Further information & travel advice

You can have a look at all the up-to-date Government of Canada information on study permit-related issues, travel restrictions and exemptions here.

Travelling to Australia

From 21st February, all fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia

Will I need to take a coronavirus test before travel?

A negative COVID-19 test result is also required for travelling to Australia. You will need to provide:

  • Evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 3 days or RAT taken within 24 hours of your flight’s scheduled departure.
  • A completed Digital Passenger Declaration at least 72 hours before departure.
  • If you were vaccinated outside of Australia and you do not have an ICVC (International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate), you must obtain an overseas vaccination certificate.

Will I need to quarantine on arrival?

Quarantine requirements in Australia are determined by State and Territory governments. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet entry, quarantine and post-arrival testing arrangements for each state or territory that you intend to travel to. You may be responsible for costs of quarantine if you arrive in a state or territory without meeting entry requirements.

Will I need to be vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visa holders will need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia.

Travelling to New Zealand

New Zealand’s borders are re-opening in a 5 step phased approach for fully vaccinated travellers to enter New Zealand without the need to isolate or quarantine.

Will I need to take a coronavirus test before travel?

A negative pre-departure COVID-19 test is required for most travellers to New Zealand.

Will I need to quarantine on arrival?

  • Step 1- From 27th February, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers in Australia can enter New Zealand. Eligible travellers must have spent the previous 14 days in Australia or New Zealand and meet health requirements before they travel.
  • Step 2-From 4th March, Fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers from anywhere in the world can enter New Zealand and self-isolate on arrival.
  • Step 3 -From 12th April, up to 5000 international students can enter New Zealand for semester 2. Temporary visa holders currently outside New Zealand and who have a valid visa can enter New Zealand as long as they still meet their visa requirements.
  • Step 4-From July, borders will open to Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) holders.

Travelling to the USA

If you are applying to a university in the USA, you will be pleased to know that universities are planning to return to on-campus delivery.

Will I need to take a coronavirus test before travel?

All non-immigrant, non-citizen air travellers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:

  • children under 18
  • people medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • emergency travellers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Air travellers aged two and older, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, are also required to show documentation of a negative viral test result taken within one day of the flight’s departure to the United States before boarding.

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country, and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight’s departure.

Will I need to be vaccinated?

Yes, you do need to be vaccinated to enter the USA.

Further information & travel advice

For more information regarding travelling to the USA, please click here.

For COVID-19 country-specific information, please click here.

To check the information available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please click here.

Visit your State Health Department website to look for the latest information on where to get tested here.

To check California’s travel guidelines, please click here.

NCUK is here to support you on your journey to a university education so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

You can reach out to our team by emailing together@ncuk.ac.uk