If you are a student who has to travel internationally to return home for the holidays, you may be required to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to gain entry to your destination country.
Check the regulations
Before you travel, you are advised to check the regulations that are in place at your end destination, and any countries you pass through in transit. A PCR test can only be booked via the NHS if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms. You should book a private test if you don't have symptoms.
Getting a private PCR test
There are many places offering a private PCR test. You can find a local test via Google or other search engines.
On campus, Right Medicine Pharmacy is offering private PCR tests. The test costs £135 for the test and students are advised to phone for details on test turnaround times and to book: 01786 463 303.
Please note, the UK Government have advised that PCR tests should be CE marked - to ensure it has been manufactured to a predefined standard - and that analysis is undertaken by a laboratory accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS).
Get your money back
If you have had to book a private PCR test, the University will, exceptionally, reimburse you for the cost of the test (up to £150) for international travel to get home for the holidays. To claim back the cost of the PCR test, please download and complete the form below, and return it to the contact email address listed below for your Faculty. Receipts must be submitted with the form and evidence of international travel.
The form is pre-populated with most of the information needed. You do not need to fill in anything in the section below the date, as this is for official use only.
- Check your bank details are correct on the portal.
- Fill in your student ID and date on the form.
- Submit the form along with your receipt and evidence of travel to the Faculty contact below.