Visas and travel

Updated 23 June 2021

Current students with a Student/Tier 4 visa

Current students can find general visa and immigration information on our For Students website visa pages.

If you are studying remotely outside of the UK please see the advice on our page about remote study and your student visa. 

If you are an applicant or offer holder, please visit the visas and immigration section of our Preparing for Leeds pages and our FAQs for applicants and offer holders. 

If you have questions about your visa that are not answered on these pages, please email internationalstudents@leeds.ac.uk. Please use your full name and Student ID in any correspondence with the University.   

You can also check UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKICSA) website for information for international students in the UK.  

I have a Student/ Tier 4 visa that is due to expire but intend to remain in the UK to continue studying

If you have a Student/ Tier 4 visa that is due to expire and you intend to remain in the UK you must continue to submit a CAS request and submit a visa application as usual. 

My visa has expired and I cannot leave the UK for COVID-19 related issues:

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has issued some temporary guidance for people who are unable to leave the UK – see the UKCISA website for regular updates (this information changes regularly). Contact the International Student Advice (visas and immigration) team at internationalstudents@leeds.ac.uk. 

Will being ill with COVID-19 affect my visa?

If you are ill for any reason, you should always report your illness to your academic school. If your illness is related to COVID-19, your absence will count as authorised and it will not affect your visa.

Travel advice for students coming from countries on the UK government red list

My country is currently on the UK government red list. What does this mean for me?

If you are required to enter managed quarantine in a hotel, the University will provide the full government set cost of £1,750 for each self-financing student travelling from a home address in a red-list country. This is available for all new students and for current students who have not travelled to Leeds this academic year. This will be paid through a tuition fee reduction after you arrive in Leeds.

Further details of eligibility for this support and how to claim your fee reduction will be available before you begin your journey to Leeds. Keep evidence of your quarantine booking and receipt, as you will need these when you submit your claim. This page will be updated later in the summer with details of our support scheme and the application process.

Our policy is based on the red list as at 11 June and may be subject to change if there are UK government updates to travel policy and costs, and if alternatives to managed quarantine are available. We reserve the right not to extend support to every future addition to the red list.

Travel advice for students who want to return home

Students in the UK who want to travel home internationally.

Official travel advice to and from the UK is being regularly updated. You must follow the latest UK government guidance on international travel. If you are thinking of travelling internationally to the place you normally live outside of term time, please see our advice about travelling home internationally.

We understand that you may also need other support due to the different impacts of international travel restrictions. View our information about how we can support you.

Study abroad and work placements

The University is now supporting taught students to plan and take part in:

  • UK-based work placements
  • Overseas work placements
  • Study abroad

Travel permissions are subject to change in line with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice.  

International travel to countries the FCDO has identified as exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ travel is permitted.  

The University does not recommend travel to destinations where the FCDO advises against ‘all but essential’ travel for work or study placements. Applications for exceptional permission will be considered for some destinations in this category.  

For more information on what this means for study placements, please visit the Study Abroad Minerva organisation. For work placements, contact your Faculty Employability Team in the first instance.  

Please keep your Placement/ Study Abroad Coordinator up to date with your plans and respond quickly to any requests for information.

Official travel advice to and from the UK is being regularly updated. We strongly recommend considering the potential impact of travel restrictions changing once you have arrived at your destination.

It is also important to consider that advice on self-isolation might change for different geographical locations and this could affect you upon your return to the UK.

Students currently abroad on a study or work placement who want to return to the UK

If you are on an international study or work placement, please continue to follow the UK Government advice and that of your host institution/organisation and country. The UK government is currently advising that “countries may bring in new measures with little notice such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules. Travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.” Please consider the risk and impact of being unable to return to your host country in time to meet the requirements of your placement or to collect your possessions.

Before travelling to the UK, you should:

  • check entry requirements and restrictions that have been introduced due to coronavirus (COVID-19) that have been introduced due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • ensure that prior to departing for England they have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result taken within three days of departure to their transport operator. Find out more about coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England
  • complete a passenger locator form
  • confirm whether you are travelling from a red-list, amber-list or green-list country; there are different arrival procedures for individuals travelling from red-list, amber-list or green-list countries.

Fieldwork

The University is now supporting taught and PGR students to plan for fieldwork in the UK. You will need to complete and have the full fieldwork risk assessment (including COVID-19 mitigation measures) approved. More information is available on the wellbeing, safety and health website

Planning for international fieldwork (both for research and for taught courses) can now begin, although with so many unknowns, we recommend that you plan UK-based fieldwork instead wherever possible. If you still think your international fieldwork is essential, you would only be able to travel to international countries from 2021 and need to follow very stringent approval processes. Of course, international travel may be prevented at the last minute, due to fast-changing government (and local) rules.

If you are currently booked to attend an international trip with the University please contact your event organiser or Head of School.