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Travel and visa

Travel and visas

Last updated Friday 15 January 2021 


Travelling to Oxford

Only a small number of students are permitted to travel back to Oxford from the start of Hilary term. Please refer to the student coronavirus homepage before returning.

If you are permitted to travel back to Oxford, you must follow national and international travel guidance.

For students who are allowed to return, there are no restrictions within England on travelling to and from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

If you are an international student travelling from outside the UK, and the country you are travelling from is not on the UK Government’s ‘Travel Corridors’ list, you will need to isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK.  Support will be available for international students needing to self-isolate in College or University accommodation.  See the Colleges and Accommodation page for more information.

You may be able to reduce your self-isolation times through the Government's 'Test to Release' scheme.

Support will be available for international students needing to self-isolate in College or University accommodation. See the Colleges and Accommodations page for more information. 

All students from outside the UK or Ireland will also have to complete the public health passenger locator form before travelling to the UK.

We have prepared a new guide to help you navigate your way from Heathrow or Gatwick airport, or the Eurostar terminal, to Oxford with some tips you should read before you travel.

Remote study and your student visa  

 The Home Office has worked closely with Universities UK to agree a flexible system for the 2020/21 academic year so that if any period of remote study is required, this can be managed around any visa requirements.  
This will now apply for Hilary term 2021, so your student visa will remain valid (if you continue to be enrolled) for you to return to Oxford at a later date. If you are a postgraduate research student and you are unable to carry out your studies remotely, you should discuss this with your supervisor in the first instance. If your supervisor agrees a suspension is possible, we may be able to keep the visa valid for this short period and for you to return at a later date. 

Support for student visa applications

For students who need to apply for a Student visa, the Student Immigration team is available to help with any queries. Most visa centres around the world are now open although local government restrictions continue to affect some regions or countries opening all/some of the visa centres in that country. 

A comprehensive guide to completing the online visa application is available on the student visa webpages which contains links to check if the visa centre is open in your country or local area.

Please note that you must attend your biometrics appointment and obtain your Student visa before coming to the UK. You cannot arrive as a visitor and switch status once you arrive here. We cannot enrol you on a visitor visa so you would not be able to start your course. 

For EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

If you are a national of the EU/EEA or Switzerland and were living in the UK before 31 December 2020 you will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. If you arrived on or after 1 January 2021 and you do not have settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme, you will require a Student visa. See the student visa webpages for further information.

For more information about Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme, please see the student visa webpages for further information.

Hong Kong BN(O) Visa for British National (Overseas) citizens

A new visa route for BN(O) citizens to come to or stay in the UK will open from 31 January 2021. Please visit the Government website for more information and updates, including visa requirement details. If you are a BN(O) citizen, you can apply even if you don’t have a BN(O) passport. Close family members can also apply at the same time.  

Please refer to the FAQs page for more information about travel and visas.

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