Traveling to the New College of the Humanities (NCH) London (UK)

UPDATED 02/24/2022 11:19 AM

As Northeastern responds to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our number one priority remains the health and well-being of our students and community. At each of our campus locations, our plans are guided by real-time COVID-19 updates and follow guidance from public health and government authorities.

The information on this website is intended to help you make necessary arrangements for your travel to Northeastern. Please read carefully the below information and check back regularly to make informed travel plans. As always, we are available to answer your questions and provide comprehensive advice and information on resources that may be helpful to you.

If you’re traveling to Northeastern campuses in the U.S. or Canada, please read our guides for Traveling to the US or Traveling to Canada

Traveling to England

In response to the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the United Kingdom has modified its entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. To see if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler, please visit the UK Government’s dedicated webpage.

More information regarding the upcoming changes is available here.


Before You Travel

1 See if You Qualify for Fully Vaccinated Status in the UK

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either:

Learn more about the new fully vaccinated rules here.

2 Complete Passenger Locator Form

Complete Passenger Locator Form

  • Travelers will need to provide travel and contact details 48 hours before arrivingin the UK.
  • Travelers will need to provide proof of a completed Passenger Locator Form upon travel check-in as well as at arrival in the UK.

3 COVID Testing

Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Travelers that qualify as fully vaccinated are no longer required to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to or after arriving in England.

Travelers Who Are Not Considered Fully Vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must buy a Day 2 PCR testing package, as well as take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before you travel to England. You are no longer required to quarantine when you arrive in England.

Purchase your test kit here.

Effective 24 February 2022, travelers to the United Kingdom who are not considered fully vaccinated are required to complete a Day 2 test. International travelers who receive a positive or unclear test result should follow public health advice as well as institutional requirements, which may include self-isolation.

At Border Control

  • Present your completed Passenger Locator Form and Proof of Vaccination
  • More information on what to expect at the UK border can be found here.

Travel Guidelines for Remainder of the UK

Traveling to Scotland

Traveling to Wales

Traveling to Northern Ireland

Everyone is legally required to comply with COVID-19 regulations. Where people do not comply with the regulations, appropriate authorities such as the police and Border Force have the power to enforce the law.

Travel restrictions are correct at time of publication May 13, 2021. The UK Government will be reviewing travel restrictions regularly monitoring the red, amber, and green lists.

Late Arrivals

All students on NCH programs are expected to arrive in the U.K. by the latest acceptance date.

One–semester – Standard Visitor Visa

The latest date students should arrive in London is the 5th September 2021. NCH provides students with a supporting visa letter that confirms program particulars, including program dates, to provide to the U.K. Border Control upon arrival.

There should be no issues at Border Control for late arrivals. If you experience any issues at Border Control, please contact [email protected] The length of your stay cannot exceed six months and cannot be extended.

Two–semester – Student Route Visa

The latest date students should arrive in London is the 5th September. If the student is not arriving within the deadline, then the immigration officers at the port of entry may refuse entry to the U.K. If the student is unable to join the program by the latest acceptance date, then they must inform the GEO office at Northeastern University, who informs the NCH visa compliance office to commence withdrawal of the visa sponsorship with the UKVI. The earliest a student can arrive in the U.K. is a month before their course start date.


The university understands that international travel during this time may be challenging due to restrictions and guidelines issued by individual countries.

Please be advised that requirements to enter any country, including the United States, are subject to change without notice. The university cannot confirm that you will be admitted into any specific country as entry into any country is at the sole discretion of the immigration/government authorities of that country, and the requirements may vary.

The following guidance is solely for informational purposes. It is your decision whether you chose to travel to campus. You should adhere to the health and travel guidance issued by your home country, and the each countries that you intend to depart from, transit through (if applicable), and arrive to.

Any mention of a transit country or airline does not constitute an endorsement of the country or airline.

Wherever possible, we have provided the direct link to public resources and government issued guidance. If the link is broken, please notify [email protected].