Quarantine due to travel restrictions 2021-22

We have prepared some information regarding self-isolation relating to travel restrictions for students joining us for the 2021/22 academic year.

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Arriving in England after 4am on 9 January?

From 4am 9 January 2022, the rules for international travel to England have changed.

You must follow the current rules that are in place at the time you arrive in England.

Red list countries and territories are updated regularly. You can find the latest list here.

Travelling to the UK

The rules for international travel to England have changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world.

  • The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status, as described below.
  • All travellers from red list countries, regardless of vaccination status, will have to enter mandatory quarantine. View the red list for travel to EnglandThere are currently no countries on the red list. 
  • If you're travelling to the UK you must take a Covid test before your journey - as well as a test after your arrive.

Read more about Covid-19 testing before you travel to England on the government website.

Travelling to the UK from non-red list countries if you are fully vaccinated under an approved scheme

If you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days:

under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan – mixing between two-dose vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna) in this list is also recognised under a formally approved Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial in the US, Canada and Australia and have a proof of participation (digital or paper-based) from a public health body

You must:

Book and pay for a Covid-19 test before you travel – to be taken when you arrive in England
- Complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England after you arrive in England
 

When you arrive in England:

After you arrive in England you must take a Covid-19 test. This is the test that you booked before travel. You can book either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.

You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.

If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate.

If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test.

You can find out more about travel to England from another country during coronavirus if you are fully vaccinated and Covid-19 testing before you travel to England on the government website

Travelling to the UK from non-red list countries if you are not fully vaccinated under an approved scheme

You must follow these rules if you:

do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules are partially vaccinated are not vaccinated.

Before you travel to England you must:

- take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England

- Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in England

Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

Read more about taking a COVID-19 test before you travel to England.

When you arrive in England – not fully vaccinated

After you arrive in England you must:

quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel

If your day 8 test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later:

day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrived in England when you receive the day 8 test result

You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.

If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.

If the test result is positive

If your day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.

You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive. If your day 2 test is negative, you must take your day 8 test.

If your day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.

If the test result is negative

If your day 2 test is negative, you must continue to quarantine.

You must take your day 8 test on or after day 8.

More on travel to England from another country during coronavirus if you are not fully vaccinated and Covid-19 testing before you travel to England on the government website.

If the test result is unclear

If the result of your day 2 test is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.

If the result of your day 8 test is negative, you can stop self-isolating on whichever is later:

day 10 - day 0 is the day you arrived in England the day you received the negative day 8 test result

Test to Release scheme

If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

If your day 8 test is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.

You can choose to take another private test. If that test result is a negative result, you can stop self-isolating on whichever is later:

day 10 - day 0 is the day you arrive in England the day you received the negative replacement test result from the additional test
Travel to the UK from red list countries

There are currently no countries on the red list. 

You must follow these rules if you are:

fully vaccinated partially vaccinated not vaccinated

When you arrive in England, you must quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 Covid-19 tests.

More on the red list of countries and territories, and rules on the government website.

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish national or you have residence rights in the UK.

Before you travel to England, you must:

take a pre-departure Covid-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England

How can Accommodation Services help?

Accommodation Services are working to support students that are required to quarantine, that are moving into University-owned accommodation. To help us to support you on your arrival in University-owned accommodation, please email the Accommodation Office team (accommodationoffice@sheffield.ac.uk) who will be able to assist you.

What happens if I arrive from 18 September 2021 onwards and need to quarantine?

If you are arriving in the UK from 18 September onwards then you will move into your permanent room. If you need to quarantine upon arrival in Sheffield you will be able to do this in the room that you have booked, taking into consideration other students that will be in the accommodation that do not need to quarantine. You can find out more about quarantining safely here.

Due to only a limited number of students needing to quarantine in University-owned accommodation, we ask that students inform us of their need to quarantine proving us with no less than 72 hours notice prior to arrival.

You can choose to self-isolate with friends, family or relatives prior to your arrival in Sheffield. If you make your own arrangements, we ask that you please notify the Accommodation Office via email accommodationoffice@sheffield.ac.uk.

If you have any questions, regarding arrival to University-owned and managed accommodation then please contact the Accommodation Office via email accommodationoffice@sheffield.ac.uk.