Self-isolation for international students

Full time students arriving from overseas may need to isolate when they arrive in Cambridge, in accordance with Government regulations.

The information at Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK is very extensive. Please make sure you are familiar with the information provided on that website.

The key points from the website are, while in self-isolation:

  • You cannot go out to visit public areas
  • You cannot go shopping
  • It is important to avoid as much contact with other people as possible in the self-isolation accommodation to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

Information on countries in travel corridors with the UK where no self-isolation is required (this will be subject to change) can be found on this website.

Unless PHE guidance changes, you will be able to quarantine in you College rooms. This will be on the ‘model’ of an individual self-isolator who is a contact of someone who has tested positive. This will mean domestic students can return to the same household during your quarantine and it will mean you will not have to organise private accommodation within which to quarantine.

Before you travel

All travellers entering the UK from abroad must complete an online Public Health Passenger Locator form with your journey and contact details, 48 hours before arrival in the UK.

You should familiarise yourself with UK regulations for face coverings before your journey to the UK.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection you should not travel.

What to pack if you need to self-isolate

In coordination with the JCR, there will also be student supports on site to help during your self-isolation period.

Please remember to pack the following:

  • Any medication you need for the period of self-isolation. College is unable to provide medical supplies of any kind
  • A bank card that will work in the UK
  • An adequate supply of face coverings
  • Ensure that your mobile phone allows you to access UK data until you get onto Wi-Fi
  • Enough snacks to last until you are able to order food
  • Bed linen, basic crockery, UK plug adaptor (if living in College accommodation, you can buy these on arrival via the Porters’ Lodge)

If you develop coronavirus symptoms while in transit to England, tell one of the crew on your plane, boat, train, or bus. They will let staff in the airport, port or station know, so they can tell you what to do when you arrive.  If you have coronavirus symptoms you will not be allowed to travel by public transport and will need to demonstrate that you have suitable accommodation for self-isolation.

After you arrive

After going to your room (whether in College or in private accommodation), you must remain in your household for the full self-isolation period and must not leave except in an emergency.

Please read the College self-isolation general procedures  for further information.