frequently asked questions for students travelling from 'red list' countries

Page last updated:
15 Sep 2021

To support your arrival in Leeds from a 'red list' country, we are providing a quarantine support package for all new and returning international students.

This includes a financial contribution* if you are required to quarantine in Government managed hotel, and airport pick-up. If you are planning to travel to England from a red list country, please keep reading for answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

Please email us if you have any questions about your arrival.

 *The financial contribution offer is not being offered to exchange students who are not required to pay university fees. 

The university’s financial contribution does not affect the requirement to pay a minimum of 50% of your first-year tuition fees (after any scholarships have been applied) prior to receiving your CAS. It is a separate contribution and should not be factored into these calculations. For more information, visit our course fees and living costs page.

The university’s financial contribution does not impact on the living costs / maintenance requirements required for a Student visa application. The contribution will not reduce the amount you need to evidence and should not be factored into these calculations. Details of how much you need to evidence can be found on our course fees and living costs page.

No, you will need to pay for the hotel yourself, but the university will reimburse the cost. The contribution will take the form of a fee discount and not an upfront payment.

The contribution will take the form of a fee discount and not an upfront payment. This will be applied after full enrolment and upon production of a receipt of the quarantine package booking. 

To allow us to check your eligibility, please upload a copy of your quarantine package booking receipt to your Online Welcome account in the section named ‘Upload a copy of my passport/visa’. When asked to select file-type, please select ‘Other’ and then give the document a suitable title (for example, ‘quarantine package booking receipt’).

This document will then be checked during your International Check-in appointment. If eligible, the fee discount will then be applied.

Yes, it will be offered for all new and returning students travelling from or via a red list country in September 2021. 

The contribution offer is not being offered to exchange students who are not required to pay university fees. 

The contribution will be offered for all new and returning students travelling from or via a red list country from 21 August 2021. Students travelling before 21 August 2021 will not be eligible.

The university’s financial contribution does not affect this. It will apply to the remaining balance of your fee, which will become due after approximately 4 months from the official start date of your course. You will also need to evidence that you can pay for the remaining 50% of your fees as part of your visa application, and the university’s financial contribution will not reduce the amount you need to evidence. Details of how much money you need to evidence can be found on our course fees and living costs page.

The university will provide a refund after you have completed the quarantine period and successfully enrolled at the university. The contribution will only be applied upon production of your booking confirmation and receipt for quarantine in a Government managed hotel.

No. The university’s financial contribution does not affect the requirement to pay a minimum of 50% of your first-year tuition fees (after any scholarships have been applied). It is a separate contribution that will apply to the remaining balance of your fee, which will become due after approximately 4 months from the official start date of your course. For more information view our Tuition Fee Payment advice.

The reimbursement will be £1,875.50 each. Proof of booking will be required and if a lower cost is charged then the contribution will match this lower cost. If one of the adults sharing is not a LBU student, they will not be eligible for a discount and the LBU student will receive £1,857.50. 

We will not cover the costs of quarantine for family members or dependents.

No, if you are coming to the UK from a country that is on the UK government’s red list, it is mandatory for you to book into the official government managed quarantine before travelling to the UK and to complete your period of quarantine there. Failure to do so could result in a fine of £10,000 or criminal proceedings.

See the exemptions from managed quarantine for medical or compassionate reasons. There are also other exemptions to the hotel quarantine requirement (though these are unlikely to be relevant to those coming for full-time study).

Currently the government guidance for transit stops says that you should follow the rules for the highest risk country that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days, including transit stops (also called ‘layovers’ or ‘transfers’). This means that if you make an airport transfer in a red list country, you are subject to red list rules upon arrival in the UK.

However, the guidance is under review and is expected to change to allow airport transfers to follow the rules associated with the country your journey started in. Please continue to check the government guidance before you make your travel plans.

If you are arriving from a red list country and required to quarantine in a Government managed hotel, transport to and from your hotel will be provided as part of the quarantine package.

When you are planning to travel to Leeds, please complete our Meet and Greet form so that we can support you when you arrive, including on how to get from your managed quarantine accommodation to your university accommodation.