2 September 2021
UK Vaccine Roll-out
As of 2nd September, nearly 80% of the population over 16 years old (c. 43 million) is fully vaccinated.
UK legal restrictions lifted
The UK’s vaccine success has meant that from 19 July all legal restrictions have been lifted. This means that all shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theme parks, tourist attractions, galleries, museums, gyms and swimming pools are now open.
The Government still recommends caution and details ways of how to exercise this in its Step 4.
Updated UK Travel Policies
The UK Government continues to proceed with caution with international travel to safeguard the fantastic success in reducing the impact of the virus.
Also from 17 May, the UK Government has introduced a new traffic light system of countries – Green, Amber and Red. Each country’s status will depend on Covid-19 conditions and vaccination rates in that country. There are clear Government policies for pre- and post-arrival requirements.
- Green list: visitors are welcome without needing to self-isolate (negative test required)
- Amber list: Visitors are welcome but must self-isolate for 10 days (5 days with Test and Release), unless fully vaccinated under an approved vaccination programme.
- Red list: Entry permitted only with Student Visa or Child Student Visa. Under 18s can quarantine in Kings accommodation, over 18s must quarantine in Government approved hotels. (Costs apply in both cases).
These categories will be reviewed and updated every three weeks, with the expectation that more and more countries will be added to the Green List as global vaccine rates catch up with the UK.
Full details are available on the Government website here.
Quarantining in the UK
We would like to make the quarantine process as easy and comfortable for our students. Here are three guides, for each type of accommodation the student chooses: