Covid-19 information for international students - September 2021 intake

Will I need to Self-Isolate on Arrival?

The UK and Welsh governments currently require travellers arriving from many countries in the world to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK. Please see the list of countries exempt from the 14 day self-isolation rules in Wales. Please check this list before you travel as the countries listed may have changed.

Please note: if you come from a country that does not need to self-isolate on arrival, but you transit through a country on your journey to the UK that is not on the exempt list, you WILL be expected to self-isolate on arrival. So please check your flights route carefully.

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.

If you do need to self-isolate on arrival, 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 read the following information carefully.

What does Self-Isolation mean?

  • On arrival in the UK you are required to travel directly from airport to your self-isolation accommodation. 
  • You should not leave your accommodation until the self-isolation period (currently 14 days) is complete (except if you need urgent medical attention or cannot access basic necessities)
  • Compliance with the self-isolation is your personal responsibility – but failure to comply with the requirements is an offence that can be punished with a fine.
  • You will be able to participate in the University Online Orientation programme while self-isolating.
  • If you arrive in the UK after the start of the semester then you can start your studies online while self-isolating, as long as you have completed the online registration process.

The University will do all we can to support you during this self-isolation period to help ensure that you are safe and well. 

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. Bangor University will be running an Airport pick-up service from Manchester airport on a number of dates in September, with further dates planned for late arrivals in October, November and December. 
  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. Some countries will require you to take a Covid-19 test prior to departure to show you are free of the virus. Please check the guidance for your country. 
  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:

  • a copy of the passenger locator form, either a printed copy or on your mobile phone - you may need to show it to the immigration officer on arrival
  • 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 in University-managed accommodation (Halls) then you can self-isolate in the room that you have booked. As students will be expected to remain in self–isolation in their room for this 14 day period. 

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

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.  

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 

There will be a full on-line orientation programme. 

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

A full orientation programme will be available on-line. This will include sessions & events organised by your School, the International Student Support Office, Campus Life (University accommodation social programme), the Students Union and the University centrally. Sessions will run using Microsoft Teams, and other platforms such as Zoom, Skype and social media. You will be able to access the programme from your own laptop or University PC's.

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

We will be running an airport pick-up service on certain dates in January. 

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

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 will mainly be done online, by telephone, skype and email. Depending on the situation from September and rules for social distancing, some face-to-face support may also be available.

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

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...

Terms and conditions about late arrivals are being finalised.

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