There are changing travel-restrictions and various levels of complexity dependent on the country you are travelling from and to. Please be pro-active and make sure you are fully informed about specific requirements for your destination. Please note, we will not be able to contribute to the costs for testing to enter countries other than the UK unless you are travelling for a placement that cannot be undertaken in the UK.

Travelling to your family home or another UK address during term-time

Once you have returned to your term-time accommodation, you should follow the broader national guidance. Remember to always test before you travel home and also prior to returning to your term-time accommodation.

Travelling from a Surge Testing Area to Term-Time Accommodation, Placements or Other Course Related Activities

If you are travelling from areas which are undergoing surge testing, different public health guidance applies and you should ensure you get tested before you travel. If you test positive, your PCR test will be sent to a laboratory for genomic sequencing and you must not travel. You must isolate within your household immediately and follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infections. Public Health England will carry out enhanced tracing of close contacts of confirmed cases of the variants.

Leaving the UK to attend placements and/or return home

Please read this information carefully if you intend to travel outside of the UK either to attend placements or to return home.

  • Current UK Government international travel restrictions. The UK Government continues to advise against all non-essential international travel to some countries and territories. You should check the country page for your destination to see the latest advice.
  • Please think carefully before you travel internationally, considering the impact on your studies if you were unable to return to the UK for face-to-face study activities, including practicals, placements, rotations and assessment, due to changed travel restrictions or were prevented from engaging with these face to face study activities due to changed self-isolation requirements.
  • If your reason for international travel is to attend an EMS or AHEMS placement overseas, we will provide you with a letter confirming this. If you do not receive this letter via email to your RVC account, please email ems@rvc.ac.uk or ahems@rvc.ac.uk as appropriate to request this letter at least five working days before you are due to travel.
  • If you are an international student who is returning home, please download a “Confirmation of enrolment” letter from RoVer to evidence that you are currently enrolled at the RVC.

Remember that there are restrictions in many countries and that you may be required to organise COVID-19 tests in order to enter these countries. It is your personal responsibility to ensure you have all of the required documentation and testing to ensure you can travel. More information can be found on the UK Government website here. Information regarding contributions the RVC will make for students’ COVID tests can be found here.

Returning to the UK

The UK Government lists countries and territories as either Red, Amber or Green. The requirements for testing and self-isolation are different for each category and depend on whether you have received your vaccinations in the UK or a different country.

It is important that you thoroughly check the requirements for the country or territory that you are returning from or have travelled through before you book your travel. This is particularly important if you are coming from a Red country (see below).  Revisit this regularly to see if your country has been moved to a different category – they can move onto the Amber or Red list at short notice and this guidance may change, so you must continue to check prior to your departure. Only British or Irish Nationals, or those who have residence rights in the UK are allowed to enter the UK from a Red List Country.

  • Green list countries
    Anyone arriving from a green list country will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within the 72 hour period prior to travel (more information about this here). You will also be required to complete a passenger locator form prior to departure. You also need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test which is to be taken after arrival in the UK. You will not be required to quarantine unless the day 2 test is positive. Please note that you could be contacted by NHS track and trace and asked to self-isolate if you have travelled alongside someone who has tested positive.

    There is a charge for this testing scheme. For returning students, the RVC will contribute £50 towards the cost of this test when returning for the start of the academic year 2021/22. We will not reimburse for personal travel during term time or for international travel for AHEMS, EMS or nursing placements; students undertaking such travel will be responsible for organising the tests and the full costs of any COVID-19 testing associated with it. Students who are commencing study in the academic year 2021/22 will be contacted separately about required testing by the Admissions team.

  • Amber list countries countries for those NOT fully vaccinated in the UK vaccination programme or a UK Government approved vaccination programme in Europe or the USA
    Anyone arriving from an amber list country that has NOT had two vaccinations in the UK vaccination programme or a UK Government approved vaccination programme in Europe or the USA will still be required to self-isolate.

    You will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within the 72 hour period prior to travel (more information about this here). You will also be required to complete a passenger locator form prior to departure. In addition, you must self-isolate at the place you are staying for 10 days AND you must also get 2 COVID-19 tests after you arrive in England (day 2 and day 8 tests, depending on the country you have travelled from and whether you have been vaccinated under a UK Government authorised vaccination programme). You will need to book these before you travel. For more information on arrival in the UK, please follow this link. You can find the link to book the compulsory travel testing package here. There is a charge for this testing scheme. For returning students, the RVC will contribute £50 towards the cost of this test when returning for the start of the academic year 2021/22. We will not reimburse for personal travel during term time or for international travel for AHEMS, EMS or nursing placements; students undertaking such travel will be responsible for organising the tests and the full costs of any COVID-19 testing associated with it. Students who are commencing study in the academic year 2021/22 will be contacted separately about required testing by the Admissions team.

    The Test to Release scheme is still operating in the UK for those who are arriving from non-red list countries. This allows you to take a private COVID-19 test no earlier than day 5 of your self-isolation period. This test is in addition to the 2 COVID-19 tests you must take (see above). More information about the Test to Release scheme can be found here.

  • Amber list countries for those fully vaccinated in the UK vaccination programme or an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the USA
    To be eligible, you must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 whole days before the date you arrive in England. The day you have your final dose of the vaccine does not count as one of the 14 days. You will be required to evidence your fully vaccinated status (more information here for those vaccinated in the UK and here for those vaccinated in the EU or USA).

    You will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within the 72 hour period prior to travel (more information about this here). You will also be required to complete a passenger locator form prior to departure. On this you will need to declare that you have been fully UK/EU/USA vaccinated. You will also need to show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel.

    You also need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test which is to be taken after arrival in the UK. You will not be required to quarantine unless the day 2 test is positive. Please note that you could be contacted by NHS track and trace and asked to self-isolate if you have travelled alongside someone who has tested positive.

    There is a charge for this testing scheme. For returning students, the RVC will contribute £50 towards the cost of this test when returning for the start of the academic year 2021/22. We will not reimburse for personal travel during term time or for international travel for AHEMS, EMS or nursing placements; students undertaking such travel will be responsible for organising the tests and the full costs of any COVID-19 testing associated with it. Students who are commencing study in the academic year 2021/22 will be contacted separately about required testing by the Admissions team.
  • Red List Countries
    You will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within the 72 hour period prior to travel (more information about this here). You will also be required to complete a passenger locator form prior to departure. In addition, you must self-isolate at the place you are staying for 10 days AND you must also get 2 COVID-19 tests after you arrive in England (day two and 8 tests, depending on the country you have travelled from and whether you have been vaccinated under a UK Government authorised vaccination programme). You will need to book these before you travel. For more information on arrival in the UK, please follow this link. You can find the link to book the compulsory travel testing package here. There is a charge for this testing scheme. The RVC will contribute £50 towards the cost of this test when returning for the start of the academic year 2021/22. We will not reimburse for personal travel during term time or for international travel for AHEMS, EMS or nursing placements; students undertaking such travel will be responsible for organising the tests and the full costs of any COVID-19 testing associated with it. . Students who are commencing study in the academic year 2021/22 will be contacted separately about required testing by the Admissions team.

    If you have been in, or travelled through a Red List country in the 10 days prior to return to the UK, you will have to self-isolate in UK Government approved hotels at your own cost for 10 days without the ability to Test and Release. More information about booking a room in a quarantine hotel approved by this scheme can be found here.

    Students from Red List countries who are currently in the UK are encouraged to discuss their travel plans for the remainder of the academic year with the Advice Centre (advice@rvc.ac.uk). We are aware that many students will be looking forward to travelling home to see family. However, the significant financial costs, as well as the wellbeing issues in self-isolating in Government mandated hotels, must also be considered.

Once you have completed your period of self-isolation/testing related to your return from an amber or red list country, please join  the ongoing arrangements for asymptomatic testing, details of which can be found here: https://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/coronavirus/track-and-trace. Please remember to check your emails to ensure you understand the latest information. Arrangements to change!

Weekly Testing

 You will be required to take part in weekly testing for  Term 1 in the 2021/22 academic year.

Weekly Testing for Hawkshead and Camden Students

You can order your test kits through the NHS.

If you wish to use RVC provided tests, when collecting your test kits it is important to seek assistance from a member of staff at the collection centre (Hawkshead – SAWC) (Camden – Hobday Reception) and if you are in any doubt you can always return to the collection point for assistance.

  • You will be able to collect 7 x lateral flow tests from SAWC, 2 – 6pm, Monday to Friday or Hobday Reception 9 – 5pm Monday to Friday.  Please collect these as soon as possible upon your arrival and take the first test on the same day.  Thereafter, you should take 2 tests each week.
  • We will need you to continue to upload your results using our online portal.  Information on testing and the links for uploading your test results can be found here.

Reporting test results – all students

You should report your NHS LFT self-test result online prior to your return to campus www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. In addition, all test results should be uploaded onto the RVC reporting portal each time you do a test. This can be a screenshot of the NHS result or a photograph of the LFT test with the name and date written on it:

Report your AST or PCR results to the RVC  →

Please do not return to campus if you have a positive test; self-isolate for 10 days do not travel/return to campus until that period has elapsed.

Please do not return to your accommodation if you have been contacted by NHS Track and Trace and have been required to self-isolate. Contact testandtrace@rvc.ac.uk to ensure the RVC is aware of your result.

Please do not return to campus if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are still within your period of self-isolation. If you are unable to return, please inform your Year Leader/Course Director and the Advice Centre and inform us as soon as you become aware that this is the case.

If you have any queries regarding testing please contact covidtesting@rvc.ac.uk.

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