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Covid-19: Removal of ‘Red List’ status

From Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

Following my email earlier this week, the UK Government has confirmed that all countries have now been removed from the ‘Red List’ for quarantine, effective from 04.00 this morning. This means that as it stands, anyone wishing to travel to those countries can do so without needing to quarantine on their return. 

What this means for you 

All travellers arriving in England must take a test before departure but will now be able to isolate at their UK address on their return; this can include University accommodation. When you enter the UK from abroad, you will need to take a PCR test within two days of arrival – if this is negative and you have been double vaccinated, you are then released from any additional restrictions. If you haven’t had your vaccinations, you will need to stay at home for 10 days and take a further test on day eight or later. There is more information on where you can get a PCR test on the Government website.

While I know many of you will have already finalised or adapted travel plans based on the earlier guidance, I hope you share my positivity at this news and that those that want to can now book travel home in time for the Christmas break. If you are staying with us, we will still have activities and services available to support you throughout – see our winter break webpages for further info on care packages, festive events and Kent Union’s Winter Buddy Scheme.

With all good wishes, 


Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience