This section contains information about current and recent travel, planning future travel, and travel insurance.
Update 26 February 2021: rest of Lent term, Easter vacation and Easter term
The government has recently updated its guidance for universities on the return of students and in-person teaching. There is no major change to the University’s provision of teaching and learning for the rest of Lent term or the Easter vacation. For full details see this update from the University and the Colleges on Lent term, Easter vacation and Easter term 2021.
In summary: teaching will remain online for the majority of courses (with a few exceptions) and those courses, such as clinical medicine, that are already teaching in-person will continue to do so. As per current rules, research students are permitted to access specialist facilities if necessary for their work.
Most students should remain where they are – whether at home or in Cambridge – and should not travel unless for one of the permitted exceptional reasons.
We hope to welcome back as many students as possible in Easter Term 2021, but this depends on what is allowed by the government. We will provide more information as soon as we can.
Information for international students
Please see information for international students for guidance for those travelling to Cambridge from overseas.
Stay-at-home guidance for those returning to the UK from overseas
If you have recently returned from overseas you should:
- Follow Public Health England’s stay-at-home guidance
- Monitor for symptoms, following NHS advice
- Contact your Department to inform them of your travel history
If you are abroad and cannot travel back to the UK due to the coronavirus outbreak
- Check the FCO website for the latest advice for the area you are in
- Contact your Department immediately to tell them of your situation
- Consider registering with any local consulates or embassies, who will be able to advise on any updates and evacuation plans for respective nationals
If you had booked travel insurance on the University’s Business Travel Insurance policy before the FCO travel ban, the policy continues to provide cover for medical expenses. You should log into the Chubb portal and extend your cover as required. If you are unsure of the end date you require, please use 30 September 2020.
Please note the University’s Business Travel Insurance policy with Chubb only applies to employees and graduate students; undergraduate year abroad trips are not covered under this policy. Any declared trip through Chubb will not be covered as they do not cover undergraduate students.
If you are entitled to free healthcare in your current location, you must use the facilities provided before using the University’s insurance policy.
For more information see the travel insurance advice below.
Travel advice for those planning on travelling overseas
Staff and students planning to travel on University-related business
In light of the UK Government starting to reduce travel restrictions from 17 May 2021 and following an internal review, travel overseas for the purpose of carrying out research or studying away (including fieldwork) will now normally be regarded as sufficient reason to travel by the University if evidence of necessity is included in the risk assessment and provided the following criteria are met:
You have completed all the risk assessment forms which must include:
- evidence that you have consulted in detail any FCDO advice
evidence that you have researched the pandemic effects in the overseas country and checked any restrictions in place in the overseas country due to the pandemic and your ability to return to either UK or other country is not affected
you have in place COVID-19 risk contingency plans for medical care and travel arrangements
you have submitted these to your Department
You have provided evidence as to why your research/studies is necessary and why your physical presence is required overseas.
You have taken into account the need for any Covid-19 imposed quarantines or testing and subsequent additional costs as these will not be covered by University Travel Insurance.
- You have valid insurance. The University holds Travel Insurance that is suitable and appropriate for trips and includes professional medical and security support to individuals and groups. One of the key risk issues is in travel to countries which sit on the Government’s ‘Red’ list and the FCDO guidance is against travel for ‘all but essential’ reasons. Please also be aware that cover for Cancellation/Curtailment costs to such territories WILL NOT be covered. For further information please visit the Insurance website.
Year abroad students should continue to liaise with the Year Abroad co-ordinator in your Faculty or Department and your Director of Studies in your College to discuss your situation taking into consideration the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance and any relevant international travel restrictions. Plans for year abroad activity will need to be approved in advance of travel.
If you are planning to travel, check the travel insurance webpages for information on insurance, coronavirus and Brexit.