As many Indian students have started prepping up for flying across to the UK for higher education, they still aren't fully aware of what to expect. While the universities have been rolling out admissions to international applicants and they getting their visas approved, India as of 15th July 2021 is on the red list of the UK Home Office meaning you must quarantine in a hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests.
Everyone traveling to the UK must:
book at least one coronavirus (COVID-19) test for after they arrive
provide their contact details by completing the online passenger locator form
provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before they left for the UK
follow the testing and quarantine rules in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland
Understand you’ll commit a criminal offense if you do not have proof of a negative test or have not completed the passenger locator form. You can be fined. You may not be allowed to board. If you are not British or Irish, you may not be allowed to enter the UK. Thus it is better to go in well prepared with all the documents.
Do I need to be fully vaccinated before flying: While vaccinations are not required to enter the UK, traveling students are required to provide a negative Covid-19 report while entering the country.
Will I have to go under quarantine on arrival to the UK: Yes, there is a mandatory quarantine at a government-approved hotel for Indian students. However, some higher-education institutions agreed to reimburse an amount of up to £1,750 to their students to decrease the financial burden on students.
Will I be attending online or in-person classes: Yes, the government has allowed universities to conduct in-person classes from September 2021 onwards,
Would students graduating this year be allowed to stay back under the post-work permit visa?: While students joining this year are already eligible to apply for the Post work permit visa, the rule also applies to students graduating this year. However, I would still suggest students keep a lookout on the British home office website for regular updates.