International travel

International students should consult the International Student Office's Travelling to the UK page before planning any travel to the UK. This page contains essential information about requirements for travel and arrival from red, amber and green list countries, and includes information about tests and quarantine.

Travelling from overseas to Cambridge at the current time might seem daunting. A key thing to remember is that your College is here to help you. Please refer to information provided by your College, on your College website or, if you cannot find the information you need, contact your Tutor at your College.

Key information points in College:

  • Your Tutor
  • Porters’ Lodge
  • Tutorial Office

Each College employs a College Nurse who will have regular drop-in times for students who might need medical attention.


Financial Hardship

If you experience financial hardship as a result of measures in place because of the pandemic, or for any other reason, you should contact your College Tutor as soon as possible. Your Tutor will be able to advise you about any support that might be available from your College or the University.


COVID-19 tests for international travel

There are several places in Cambridge where it is possible to arrange a private test for COVID-19, including the ones listed. You should NOT, however, presume that these tests can be used for the purposes of international travel.

The Travel Clinic at 41 Hills Road - book online or by calling 0330 100 4200.
Lloyds Pharmacy

If you are travelling overseas or returning to the UK, there are specific lists of accredited providers specified by the UK government. See also the links below to pre-departure testing facilities at major ports of departure. For regulatory reasons, test results from the University of Cambridge testing programmes can NOT be used for these purposes.

University staff (and family members) who need to take a PCR test before traveling abroad may use the discount code uoc2021 to get a discount of £5.50 on full-price PCR tests from Excalibur Healthcare Services

Frequently asked questions

I will be travelling overseas – can I get a certificate to confirm that I have tested negative?

No. For regulatory reasons, it is not possible for test results from the University of Cambridge testing programmes to be used for this purpose.

If you are planning to travel to another country, please check the specific requirements for your destination and airline, noting that a negative test for COVID-19 is likely to be necessary. There are a restricted number of private providers able to offer general coronavirus testing - see the list of private providers on the UK government website.

Several airports and other points of departure have facilities for pre-departure testing on site, which may be more convenient than organising a test before leaving Cambridge:

Gatwick Airport

Heathrow Airport

London City Airport

Luton Airport

Stansted Airport

Eurostar - London St Pancras Terminal

Eurotunnel Terminal - Dover - Calais

I’m an international student returning to Cambridge. Can I take a test to release me from quarantine?

No. For regulatory reasons, it is not possible for test results from the University of Cambridge testing programmes to be used for this purpose.

Further information about travelling to the UK, including tests for COVID-19 and how to access them, are available on our International Students pages. In particular, please note that there is a restricted number of private providers able to offer ‘Test to release’.

Travelling on University business

If you are planning to travel on University business, please see the information on travel on our Coronavirus webpage.