International travel

Travel guidance for international students.


Travel from mainland China to England

From 5 January 2023, if you’re travelling from mainland China to England, you will need to take a Covid-19 test before you travel.

The negative Covid-19 test must be taken no more than two days before you travel. You will be asked to show the negative test result before boarding your flight. 

Read the government guidance

If your travel to England is delayed

Exams and assessments

If you’re unable to attend an upcoming exam or assessment, inform us as soon as possible. Submit an extenuating circumstances form for your absence before the date of your exam. 

If you feel you need to submit an extenuating circumstances form, first contact your academic department, who will be able to help you through the process. You should include as much detail in your application, so that we can make sure you receive the support you need.

Let us know if you have a problem

Attending in the spring semester

If you face a delay in your arrival in Sheffield and cannot arrive before the beginning of your studies for the spring semester, you should contact your academic department to inform them first. Your academic department will then advise you based on your circumstances. 

Please note that UK Visas & Immigration's Covid concessions allowing Student Visa holders to distance learning ended on 30 June 2022. All Student Visa holders must be physically present on campus for study. 

We look forward to welcoming you to study with us in Sheffield.

Travel to England rules

The below guidance applies for travel to England, unless you are travelling from mainland China

When you travel to England, you: 

  • do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel
  • do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
  • do not need to quarantine when you arrive

This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

Support – get in touch

Our extensive range of support services for students are all available online.