Covid-19 information for international students - September 2021 intake

Arrival at Campus FAQs

(Welcome, Orientation, Airport Pick-up, Food, Accommodation and Local Travel)

From 4am Monday, 11 October 2021, the red list of countries will reduce to 7 countries, click here for more information.

The rules for international travel to Wales have also changed to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world (the Green and Amber list categories no longer apply).

The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.

Arrivals from Non-Red list Countries:

If you are  'fully vaccinated':

Please check the Definition of fully-vaccinated to check if you qualify.  If you are fully vaccinated but do not fit into the criteria above then you must follow the rules for people travelling to Wales who are not fully vaccinated.

People arriving in Wales, from a country not on the red list, who are fully vaccinated must:

  • complete a Passenger Locator Form 
  • take a post arrival test at day 2 (not required for children under 5)
  • do not need to isolate for 10 days

 

Post arrival tests must be booked before your departure either:

On the CTM booking portal you can book an NHS Covid-19 PCR test for £68.

If you choose a private test provider from GOV.UK, you should only buy ‘self-swab at home’ tests. Please note, any reference to your arrival in England on the GOV.UK pages for day 2 test providers include arrival into Wales.

Should your address or contact details change whilst you are in Wales then you must update this as and when required by submitting a new passenger locator form (on GOV.UK).

You will need to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated before you travel.

Please note it is your responsibility to check the latest guidance before you travel to ensure that there have not been any changes.

If you are Not ‘Fully Vaccinated’:
People arriving in Wales who are not fully vaccinated and have not been in a red list country in the previous 10 days must:

Post arrival tests must be booked before your departure either:

If you transit through a Red List Country on your way to the UK then you may need to follow the rules for arrivals from red List Countries.

Please note it is your responsibility to check the latest guidance before you travel to ensure that there have not been any changes.

Rules for Arriving from a Red List Country: 

When travelling to the UK from a red list country (or if you have passed through a red list country within 10 days of your arrival in the UK), you cannot travel directly to Wales and must enter through a designated port in England or Scotland.

Students arriving from countries on the red list are required to quarantine for a full 10 days on arrival in the UK at a designated UK port in a government-managed facility – a ‘covid hotel’ – starting from £2,285* per person. All UK entry points for arrivals from red-list countries are in England and Scotland, which means you will need to quarantine outside of Wales. Travellers are also required to book and pay for mandatory PCR tests on day 2 and day 8. All those who do not follow the rules for red-list countries face fixed notice penalties of £10,000.

*We will reimburse the £2,285 cost of quarantine to self-funding international students arriving from a red list country, who will be travelling to Bangor for the start of the 2021 academic year. For more details please refer to the FAQ listed below.

Travellers arriving from a red list country must:

Post arrival tests and managed quarantine must be booked before your departure, through the CTM portal. Book your tests and hotel quarantine on the CTM portal.

Should your address or contact details change whilst you are in managed quarantine then you must update this as and when required by submitting a new passenger locator form.

When you arrive in Wales you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops.

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

The rules for a country or territory that you make a transit stop in could apply if:

  •  new passengers get on and are able to mix with you.
  • you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again.

Making a transit stop would not affect what you have to do on arrival in Wales if during the stop:

  • no new passengers, who are able to mix with you, get on
  • no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
  •  passengers get off but do not get back on

Click here for further information.

Please note it is your responsibility to check the latest guidance before you travel to ensure that there have not been any changes. Countries on the Red List are subject to change short-notice.

 

Bangor University recognises that restrictions imposed on travel to the UK due to Covid-19 and the requirement to quarantine in a hotel for students domiciled in a red list country can increase the cost of UK study.

To enable new and continuing international students domiciled in a UK government red list country to travel to Bangor University for the start of the academic year, the University will reimburse the cost of quarantine up to a maximum of £2,285.

The reimbursement will be in the form of a tuition fee discount, applied to the student’s University account. 

Students will be required to meet the eligibility criteria and adhere to the terms and conditions in order to receive the bursary. Upon arrival at Bangor University, students should submit a request for reimbursement together with required supporting documentary evidence. Further details can be found here.

A managed hotel quarantine package includes your:

  • 10 day (11 night) hotel stay
  • food and beverages
  • transfers
  • 2 Covid-19 PCR tests, which you'll need to take on day 2 and day 8 of your stay

From 4am Monday, 11 October 2021 UN staff and volunteers who have been fully vaccinated under the United Nations vaccine programme will also qualify as fully vaccinated. Click here for more information.

For the purposes of international travel you qualify as being fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated:

  • under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines if administered in one of the countries or vaccination programmes listed above.

You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in Wales.

Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you are considered to be fully vaccinated where you have had:

  • 2 different types of vaccine, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
  •  2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada

If you are arriving from a country that is not on the red list of countries and are fully vaccinated, you must follow the rules for people travelling to Wales who are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated then you won’t need to take a Covid-19 test before you travel.

If you are fully vaccinated but do not fit into the criteria above then you must follow the rules for people travelling to Wales who are not fully vaccinated. If you classed as not fully vaccinated then you will need to take a Covid-19 test before you travel.

From 4am Monday, 11 October 2021 UN staff and volunteers who have been fully vaccinated under the United Nations vaccine programme will also qualify as fully vaccinated. Click here for more information.

For the purposes of international travel you qualify as being fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated:

  • under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines if administered in one of the countries or vaccination programmes listed above.

You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in Wales.

Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you are considered to be fully vaccinated where you have had:

  • 2 different types of vaccine, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
  •  2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan,     UK and USA, EU and Canada

If you are arriving from a country that is not on the red list of countries and are fully vaccinated, you must follow the rules for people travelling to Wales who are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated but do not fit into the criteria above then you must follow the rules for people travelling to Wales who are not fully vaccinated.

Showing your vaccination status

You will need to prove you have been fully vaccinated with one of the authorised vaccines before you travel.

You will need to:

  •  declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form (or are on a formally approved UK clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccines, or under 18)
  • show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel

This proof should be:

  • A digital NHS Covid Pass (Wales/UK)
  •  an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe
  • a CDC card for the USA – you’ll also need to show proof of USA residency, such as your USA passport, visa or Green Card
  • a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum: 

          o    forename and surname(s)
          o    date of birth
          o    vaccine brand and manufacturer
          o    date of vaccination for every dose
          o    country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If you cannot show an EU DCC,CDC card, your public health body document does not include all of the details above or you are fully vaccinated but do not qualify under this definition, you must follow the rules for people travelling to Wales who are not fully vaccinated.

When travelling abroad you can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove that you have had a Covid-19 vaccine.

If your Passport details and your NHS Covid Pass details are different you may need to carry evidence to explain the reason why they are not the same.

The UK Government is working with the Overseas Territory governments to agree what form the proof of vaccination should take.

Will I need to Self-Isolate on Arrival?

From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to Wales change to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world (the Green and Amber list categories no longer apply)

The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.

Will I need to Self-Isolate on Arrival?

If you are arriving from a NON Red List Country and are NOT fully Vaccinated then you will need to self-isolate for 10 days on your arrival in the UK.

Click here for further information on self-isolation.

The aim of the self-isolation policy is to keep the transmission rate in the UK as low as possible by helping prevent the re-introduction of the virus through travellers arriving from overseas.

The University has put in place a number of services to support you to ensure that you are safe and well looked after during your period of self-isolation. 

Please note that you can only isolate in university managed accommodation if you are travelling from a Non Red List Country. 

If travelling from a red level country then you would need to isolate in the government provided hotels.*

*The University will reimburse the £2,285 cost of quarantine in a government provided hotel to self-funding international students arriving from a red list country, who will be travelling to Bangor for the start of the 2021 academic year. 

Please read the following information carefully.

Please read this document: How to self-isolate when you arrive in Wales.

What do I need to do before I travel?

1.    Inform Bangor University of your arrival date and arrival time by emailing: internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk .
2.    Inform your accommodation provider in the UK of your arrival date and arrival time.
3.    If you have not yet secured accommodation, ensure that you have temporary accommodation booked for your self-isolation period (see the Private Accommodation section below)
4.    Plan how you will travel from the airport to your accommodation. 
5.    Currently anybody arriving in the UK from overseas including International students must complete a passenger locator form online. You will need to provide details of your journey, your contact details and the address in the UK where you will be self-isolating. You can complete it up to 48 hours before you enter the UK. 
6.    Before travelling to England, Scotland, or Wales from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. Click here for further guidance.
7.    Read the UK Government guidance Coronavirus (Covid-19): safer air travel for passengers for advice on how to stay safe while you travel.

What do I need to bring with me when I travel?

You will need to bring:

  • click here for further information on the passenger locator form and here for further guidance regarding having a negative Covid-19 test result before travelling
  • a face mask and hand sanitiser in your hand luggage
  • an international credit or debit card and enough cash for use at the airport in case of emergencies – using cash on arrival should be avoided if possible
  • a copy of your CAS letter.

Self-isolating in University Managed Accommodation 

If you have pre-booked a room on campus (for the year, or a semester for Exchange/Study Abroad students) you will be able to self-isolate in that room for the 10-day period. 

It is very important that you inform the Halls office of your intended arrival date at: halls@bangor.ac.uk 

The Halls Office will email you a Halls Web Form prior to your arrival. The Halls Office will email you a Halls Web Form prior to your arrival. You should confirm your vaccination status on this form, and also confirm whether you need to isolate for 10 days, or not.

You should confirm your vaccination status on this form, and also confirm whether you need to isolate for 10 days, or not.

During the 10 day isolation period, you should remain in your accommodation, not go outside or have visitors, and remain in your room as much as possible and keep use of the kitchen area to a minimum.

The Halls Office will support you by providing:

  • 3 meals per day 
  • a bedding pack
  • essential utensils
  • cleaning materials

You will also be contacted on a regular basis by Halls staff to check on your wellbeing. Should you test positive during day 2 or 8 of your isolation period, you must inform the Halls Office.

If you have not managed to secure accommodation before your arrival in the UK the University may have some short-term accommodation available for students and may also be able to provide a food service for students booking this short-term accommodation that need to self-isolate.  However, you will be required to pay for the room, starter pack* and the food, at a cost of £320 for the 10 day period. You should book this short-term accommodation before you arrive by emailing: halls@bangor.ac.uk

*Starter pack contents:
•    bed pack (duvet, pillows, bed linen) size dependent on room.
•    a toiletry tack (shampoo, shower gel, soap etc)
•    crockery pack (all crockery, cutlery and glass tumbler)
•    toilet roll 2 ply x2
•    towels x 2 
•    mini kettle.

Self-isolating in Private Accommodation 

If you have booked a place in Private Accommodation check what support your accommodation provider will be able to provide during your self-isolation period. 

You should also ensure that you inform both the University and your accommodation provider of your arrival date.

The University has been liaising with private accommodation providers to enquire about what support they can offer and to ensure that they understand the requirements around self-isolation.

The International student support team will be able to offer you help, support and advice while you are self-isolating in private accommodation. internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk

Because you will need somewhere safe and comfortable to self-isolate on arrival and you need to provide your address in the UK on the passenger locator formit’s essential to arrange at least temporary accommodation before your arrival in the UK.

If you have not managed to secure accommodation before your arrival in the UK the University may have some short-term accommodation available for students and may also be able to provide a food service for students booking this short-term accommodation that need to self-isolate.  However, you will be required to pay for the room, starter pack* and the food, at a cost of £438 for the 10 day period. You should book this short-term accommodation before you arrive by emailing: halls@bangor.ac.uk

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide accommodation for couples and families in University managed accommodation. If you are coming with your family please contact our Private Housing Office for advice: studenthousing@bangor.ac.uk  

Food delivery services

If you are self-isolating in private accommodation then you can order food to be delivered to your accommodation:

1)  Supermarket food deliveries 
•  Tesco
•  Asda
•  Morrisons - Call 0345 611 6111 - Select option 5 – Line open 8am – 6pm daily; next day delivery; £2 delivery charge
•    local oriental food store – www.sia2shop.co.uk – Minimum spend £24

2)  Take-away food 
•  www.deliveroo.co.uk 
•  www.Just-eat.co.uk 

*Starter pack contents:
•    bed pack (duvet, pillows, bed linen) size dependent on room.
•    a toiletry pack (shampoo, shower gel, soap etc)
•    crockery pack (all crockery, cutlery and glass tumbler)
•    toilet roll 2 ply x2
•    towels x 2 
•    mini kettle.

Please note that quarantine reimbursements are only applicable to those travelling from red list countries, who must isolate in government-managed quarantine hotels.

Managed quarantine is compulsory for international students who are travelling to England and have been in a red list country in the 10 days before they arrive.

Detailed guidance and a list of FAQs about managed quarantine can be found here.
 

The nearest International Airport is Manchester. There is information on our website about How to get to Bangor

 

 

If you book University accommodation, you will most likely be living in a shared apartment with other students, so you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and make friends. We will ensure that you are briefed on regulations for social distancing in force at the time, so you and your friends can live together safely.

Terms and conditions for student accommodation contracts are being finalised.

Details will be published soon so please keep visiting this page regularly.

General Concerns about Covid-19?

(Social, Safety, Discrimination, and Healthcare)

Yes, all international students with a valid student visa will be entitled to free Covid-19 vaccinations. Please register with General Practitioner (GP) when you arrive and you will be invited for a vaccination. 
 
If you’ve already had one or both of your Covid-19 vaccinations before you arrive in the UK please inform your GP, so they can arrange a second vaccination if required.
 
If you are on a short-term student visa or student visitor visa please contact our student support office for advice on accessing a Covid-19 vaccination.
 
 
If you are already a Bangor University student, but have not yet registered with a Doctor
Students from the EU are entitled to free medical services in the UK if you have applied for the EU Settlement scheme and been given settled or pre-settled status.

International students (including those from the EU who have to apply for a Student Visa) would have had to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of the visa process - making this payment entitles you, also, to free medical attention.
 
However, to receive treatment or medication, you will have to register with a Doctor at a local Medical Centre/Surgery. It is very important that you have registered and we recommend the Bodnant Medical Centre, near our Ffriddoedd Campus: https://bodnantmedicalcentre.co.uk/
 
Once registered, you can check on the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine, along with other medical issues.  For more information contact: internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk
 
If you joined Bangor University in January 2021
New international students who have secured a student visa will have had to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of the visa process. This then entitles you to access medical healthcare in the UK - but you must register with a local doctor on arrival in Bangor.

We recommend the Bodnant Medical Centre in Bangor, which is close to our Ffriddoedd Campus - https://bodnantmedicalcentre.co.uk/ and once registered, you can seek advice on Covid-19 issues and vaccines, along with any other medical matter.  For more information, contact: internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk

Yes you do, even if you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 you must still have proof of a negative Covid-19 test to be able to travel to England from overseas.

Please follow the latest Government Guidance here. 
 
 

During this difficult period, the International Student Support Office, Student Services and your School will provide support for your academic studies and any non-academic issues you may have. This support will be provided online, by telephone, skype, email and also in-person appointments on campus. 

In addition to support for your studies from your School, we will also advise you on practical issues such as visas, financial matters, health, registration and general issues concerned with living in a new country and environment.

For further details read the international student support section here.

Upkeeping Mental Health is supported and advocated highly by Bangor University, and we urge you to contact our Wellbeing Team at wellbeingservices@bangor.ac.uk as additional support for any ongoing stress, worries or concerns which you may have about your studies and your new environment. To find out more, please click here

 



 
 

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