If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and let us know using a simple form. All the details are available here.

International travel and visas

See guidance about overseas travel and rules for entering the UK while the Coronavirus situation continues.

Entering the UK

You must follow Government rules on entering the UK.

If you’re fully vaccinated

You qualify as fully vaccinated if you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine.

Before you travel, you must:

  1. book and pay for a Covid-19 test
  2. complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

When you arrive, take your pre-booked Covid-19 test on or before day 2 in England.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

If you have not completed a course of an approved vaccine, before you travel you must:

  1. take a Covid-19 test in the two days before you travel to England
  2. book and pay for two Covid-19 PCR tests
  3. complete a passenger locator form detailing where you will quarantine upon arrival.

When you arrive, you must:

  1. quarantine in your own pre-arranged accommodation for 10 days – see our quarantine guidance
  2. take your two pre-booked Covid-19 PCR tests on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 in England.

New students arriving in January

If you are a new PhD, MBA or Visiting and Exchange student due to start at Sussex in January 2022, but you are unable to travel due to the pandemic, contact us to explore all options.

If you are:

See more information for new students.

Leaving the UK

Check any Covid-19 restrictions in your home country before you travel.

Seek advice from your country’s embassy or consulate in the UK if you are considering returning to your home country. You may find that travel options are limited. You should not travel if you have symptoms of Covid-19 yourself, or if you live in shared accommodation with people who are self-isolating.

Remember you will need to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test before you return to England.


See our visa advice about:

If you are trying to leave the UK but cannot do so before your visa expires, see government advice for visa applicants and temporary residents.

Research students

Check our guidance for Doctoral Researchers. We know many situations require personalised advice, so email researchstudentoffice@sussex.ac.uk.