Arriving in England from outside the UK

If you are travelling outside of the UK over the holiday period, or arriving in York for the first time in January, you will now need to take a PCR test within two days of arrival to the UK, and you must self-isolate until you receive your result.

We are here to support you during your period of self-isolation. Remember to tell us that you are quarantining (self-isolating) so that we can make sure you have access to support:

You should also read our self-isolation guidance page, which has information about how to self-isolate, and how to access practical, academic and wellbeing support.

Financial support for international students travelling to York

Support with testing and quarantine costs

We can support you with the cost of mandatory testing or quarantine required under government rules for entry into the UK ONCE during the academic year, when you travel to York for the first time.

  • We would not cover your costs if you then choose to travel home, such as during the vacation, and have to test or quarantine when you return to the UK.

  • Refunds will only be given for quarantine costs incurred in the past three months - see full terms and conditions below.

If you’re a new or returning international student, we can support you with the cost of mandatory testing or quarantine required under government rules for entry into the UK when you travel to York for the first time.

For the academic year 2021/22, this would be a refund for either your managed quarantine accommodation or your Day 2 (and Day 8 if required) Covid-19 tests after your arrival in the UK. We will cover this cost ONCE during the academic year, when you travel to York for the first time. So for example, we would cover your costs if:

  • You are a new student travelling to York in September/October 2021.

  • You are a returning student coming back to York in October 2021 having visited your home country over the summer.

  • You are a new or returning student coming to York in November 2021 having studied online by agreement with your department.

We would not cover your costs if you are already in the UK at the start of the academic year 2021/22 but choose to travel home, for example during a vacation. If you’re not sure whether your costs would be covered, please email quarantine-cost-refunds@york.ac.uk with details as soon as possible.

The testing or quarantine package you will need to book is dependent on whether you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to UK or whether you are coming from a ‘Red list’ country. Further details can be found on the Government web pages on the rules for entering England.

For the academic year 2021/22, the University will refund international students the cost of one of the following:

  • Day 2 (and Day 8 if required) Covid-19 tests
    You can now use a variety of providers for obtaining your Day 2 and Day 8 Tests and the cost is variable. We will only refund your Day 2 (and Day 8 if required) tests up to the value of £210, so please choose your provider carefully. If you choose tests that are more expensive, we will not refund the excess above £210. Those who do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules need to book two PCR tests, to be taken on day 2 and 8 of their quarantine period, while those who do qualify under the fully vaccinated rules only need to book one test that is taken on or before day 2 of their arrival in the UK.

  • Managed quarantine hotel accommodation (£1,750, or £2,285 if arriving from 12 August, + any additional days, 'Red' arrivals only)
    Managed quarantine hotel accommodation is only required for students who travel from, or through, a country on the Government banned travel list ('red list').

      • For students over the age of 18, we will only refund the cost for the student, not for any partners, spouses or dependents. We will refund the cost of any additional days required if you test positive.

      • For students under the age of 18, UK government travel guidance requires that you travel with a parent or guardian and that they enter managed quarantine with you on arrival. We will refund the additional cost of one parent or guardian accompanying a student in managed quarantine (£650, or £1,430 if arriving from 12 August).

Terms and conditions

  • Refunds will be via electronic funds transfer only (not via cheque or cash).

  • It is strongly recommended where possible that students choose to refund to a UK bank account in order to receive the full value of the refund.

  • Refunds to international bank accounts are possible, but will be subject to currency exchange rates and any other charges levied by your financial institution for international payments. In addition, any payments that fail due to incorrect bank details entered by the student may be liable to further charges.

  • Refunds will not be processed for payment before the date of travel.

  • Refunds will be given for quarantine costs incurred in the past three months (taken from the date on the receipt).

  • We will aim to process your refund within 7-14 days. The time taken will vary depending upon in which country the nominated bank account is held.

Claim a refund for Academic Year 2021/22

Please follow the steps below if you are a new student and your course starts on or after 1 August 2021. If you are a returning student, please follow the steps below if your second or subsequent year of study begins on or after 1 August 2021.

Step 1 : Submit your bank details via the University 'Set up bank account details' page. If you have previously submitted your bank details via this form (e.g. for bursaries or a refund claim for the previous academic year), you do not need to do so again and may proceed straight to step 2. For international payments you may be asked to provide your home address and telephone number. Please ensure you provide your home (home country) address, not your UK address.

Step 2 : Complete and submit a refund request form. You will need to upload your receipt in pdf file format. If it is not already in a pdf file format, you can use this file convertor.

If you have any questions or queries regarding completing this form, please email quarantine-cost-refunds@york.ac.uk.