Traffic light system
Currently, a red, amber, green traffic light system is in use across the UK to guide what you must do before and on your arrival into the UK.
You must follow the guidance on international travel and quarantine as appropriate when travelling to the UK.
It’s important that you understand what entry requirements you will need to adhere to when travelling from another country into the UK, particularly if you will be travelling from a red- or amber- listed country.
Travel to the UK is permitted for those entering on a Student Visa. This applies to all countries including those on the red list.
Please follow the latest government guidance published on the gov.uk website.
Travelling from/through a ‘red list’ country
All international arrivals coming into UK airports from red-listed countries must now book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against the importation of COVID-19.
Information on which countries are on the UK's 'red list' can be found on the UK government website.
If you are arriving into the UK, regardless of your final destination within the UK, and have visited or passed through a red list country, you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. You will need to book and pay for this independently using the link below.
The Managed Quarantine Package costs £2,285 for a single person and includes 10 full days (11 nights) including food, beverages, transfers, security and two Covid tests.
Updates to the ‘red list’
The following countries will move from the UK government’s travel ‘red list’ to the ‘amber list’ at 4.00am on Wednesday 22 September:
- Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey
If you have booked a place in a Managed Quarantine Facility hotel for 22 September or afterwards, please contact CTM, the booking agency, directly at
If you are arriving into the UK from an amber or green list country and have not been in a red list country for 10 or more days prior to your arrival in the UK you are not required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel.
What is the latest UK government advice on vaccinations?
It is really important that you get the COVID-19 vaccination when you are offered it. The vaccine offers you the best protection against catching the virus and is one of the best ways to help stop the pandemic.
The UK government does not require students to have had a COVID-19 vaccination before entering the UK and LSE does not require students to have had a COVID-19 vaccination before arriving on campus. However, if you are able to get the vaccination in your home town or country before travelling to London for the start of term we strongly encourage you to do that.
The UK is now offering vaccinations to everyone over 18 at local sites run by General Practitioners (doctors) or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. If you are unable to get your vaccination before you arrive at LSE you should do so as soon as possible after you arrive.
Information on how students can get their COVID vaccination can be found on this NHS FAQs for students in higher education institutions.