Travel and visa information

We're working hard to make sure that any appropriate arrangements as detailed by the UK government will be in place to support our students this autumn.

The requirement for a visa remains unchanged, and those who need to apply for a visa to study at The University of Manchester must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued by the University.

Information on immigration and visas can be found on our student support page.

Is the University able to support me if I need to quarantine on arrival in the UK?

We'll be closely following the UK government’s advice with regard to any quarantine requirements for inbound travellers to the UK in order to understand any impact it may have upon our new and returning students by September/October 2020. We're working hard to make sure that any appropriate arrangements will be in place to support our students.

Coronavirus regulations mean that individuals must self-isolate for 14 days if they enter the UK from a country outside the common travel area.

The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridors for some countries and territories. The UK government has released a list of countries where visitors to England do not have to self-isolate on arrival if these are the only places you have been to or stopped in during the previous 14 days.

Students whose permanent domicile is within countries required by the UK government to quarantine on arrival and who have booked University Halls of Residence will be able to arrive two weeks in advance of their accommodation contract start date in September with no additional charge for accommodation prior to the contract start date.

We also are working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Manchester Airports Group and major airlines with flights into Manchester to ensure there is capacity for students to arrive on campus in time for the start of the academic year.

How can I find out if I will need to quarantine on arrival in the UK?

Coronavirus regulations mean that individuals must self-isolate for 14 days if they enter the UK from a country outside the common travel area.

The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridors for some countries and territories. The UK government has released a list of countries where visitors to England do not have to self-isolate on arrival if these are the only places you have been to or stopped in during the previous 14 days.

Students whose permanent domicile is within countries required by the UK government to quarantine on arrival and who have booked University Halls of Residence will be able to arrive two weeks in advance of their accommodation contract start date in September with no additional charge for accommodation prior to the contract start date.

What if I am unable to be in Manchester for the start of Semester 1?

While we expect the vast majority of students to join us in Manchester for Semester 1, we're aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic there might be some students unable to join us at the start, for example due to travel restrictions or medical advice.

To ensure that no-one is excluded or disadvantaged, we can confirm that those students will be able to access our welcome and induction programme online and then study wholly online until they are able to join us later in Semester 1.

We will be in contact with offer-holders later this summer with further information on how to notify us should you be unable to join us for the start of Semester 1 due to COVID-19.

Will studying online affect my eligibility for the two year Graduate Immigration Route visa?

The UK government’s Department for Education recently confirmed that international students unable to travel to the UK can start their studies online and will still be eligible for the new graduate immigration route if they meet any other eligibility criteria such as holding a valid Tier 4 visa. 

Where students are delayed travelling to the UK to join their course, we expect them to have arrived in Manchester by the start of Semester 2 (Monday, 8 February).

I need to apply for a visa but my nearest visa application centre is currently closed. What do I do?

Please check for updates on when visa offices (services) in your country are expected to re-open.

I've got a visa for arrival in September but have deferred. Will I need a new visa?

If you've already obtained a visa for arrival in September/October 2020 but have opted to defer your programme start date then the University must report the deferred entry to the UKVI. You may need a new visa; you should contact the Student Immigration Team to confirm your individual situation. 

 

I've got my visa but am starting my programme remotely. Will it still be valid in 2021? (PGR only)

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If you've already obtained your visa but your programme is starting remotely in September/October, and you wish to delay your arrival in the UK until January 2021, then you can contact your local PGR support team to let them know and the University will report your delayed arrival to the UKVI and your visa will be unaffected.

You may need to apply for a replacement entry vignette as these normally have a 30-day validity, however the UKVI has just announced that until September it will issue 90-day entry vignettes to give greater flexibility to students. If you do need to replace your entry vignette, the UKVI has waived the fees for obtaining replacement entry vignettes until the end of December.