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Pre-departure advice

Travel information for international students

Travelling to the UK at the moment is strongly advised against unless you have a valid reason for travel such as for work commitments that cannot be undertaken remotely, or for study on a course that requires face to face teaching. If the latter applies to you, you will be notified of this by your course leader, otherwise, we are fully prepared to support your learning online for the time being. This applies to all arrivals, whether they be new or returning students.  

Read the current government guidelines on UK border arrivals

It is very important for you to read these guidelines carefully before your departure as they address your legal responsibilities that must be completed before travel, without exception. These actions include completing online passenger locator forms and booking your relevant quarantine package.

Airport Pickup Service

For international students who must travel into Liverpool, we do provide an airport pick-up service for from Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Students can request this service via the booking form.

Please note that the current deadline for arrivals on this service is April 30 2021

Important information for arriving in the UK

You must be able to provide a negative COVID-19 test result that has been obtained within 72 hours of your departure (please ensure that your test provider is approved by both the UK border force and by your chosen airline). You will then need two further negative test results on days two and eight of your stay in the UK before your quarantine period of 10 days can end. These tests will need to be pre-booked before you arrive into the UK as details of them must be provided on your passenger locator form (linked below). This testing package will cost you £210. 

You must complete this online form before arriving in the UK from any country. You must complete this form even if you've completed another form to enter another country. If you do not complete this form before you arrive in the UK, it may take you longer to enter the country. You cannot submit this form until 48 hours before you are due to arrive in the UK.

Follow current UK guidelines on quarantine. Quarantine applies to all UK arrivals and failure to comply with these rules will result in considerable fines or, in more severe cases, prison sentences. This means that all UK arrivals have a responsibility to pre-book their quarantine package before they travel and they must travel straight to their accommodation provider and stay there, without exception, for ten days. The University will support arrivals in obtaining initial, essential supplies if notified in advance, for details of things such as self-isolation food packages and other useful information visit our international students page.

What to pack and what not to pack

Use these tips when packing

Official documents:

Make sure you bring all the documentation you'll need to clear immigration and customs. Keep this documentation on you or keep the documents in your hand luggage. You should also take a photocopy of all important documents, including your passport and immigration documents. Keep the photocopies in your main luggage.


Check the airline's luggage allowance and only pack as much as you can carry. Typically passengers are allowed 20kg plus hand luggage. Some charter flights only allow 15kg plus hand luggage though, so check beforehand. Make a list of everything you pack, so that if your luggage is lost you can account for any missing items.

Hand luggage:

If you are arriving into the UK in September it can feel quite cool, especially in the evenings or early mornings. We recommend that you pack a jumper (or similar item of clothing) in your hand luggage. In case your luggage is delayed or lost, you should also pack any essential overnight items in your hand luggage, such as toiletries and a change of clothing.


Liverpool's climate is changeable. Generally, the summer (June to early September) is warm, though rarely very hot. The rest of the year is cooler and can be quite damp. The winter months (November to March) are sometimes cold and frosty. Occasionally temperatures can drop below freezing. If you come from a very different climate it may be cheaper to buy suitable clothes for the different seasons when you arrive in Liverpool.


It is illegal to bring meat, fish, plants and honey into the UK. Please see the HM Custom and Excise website for prohibited goods. Liverpool has lots of supermarkets selling a variety of foods from all over the world where you can purchase your favourite items cheaply.


Pack pictures, photos and posters to brighten your room and to help you feel more at home.

Electrical items:

Please ensure all your electrical items are insured against theft and damage while in transit. You will be able to buy adaptors here, but they may be cheaper if you buy them before you travel.

Passport photos:

Bring a few passport-sized photographs with you. These will be useful for student discount cards and travel cards. If you forget, there are machines at airports and railway stations in the UK.

Travel tips

Follow these seven travel tips

  1. Keep your luggage with you at all times
  2. Keep money and valuable belongings such as laptops and iPads out of sight
  3. Do not leave your luggage unattended – it will be considered a security threat and will be removed by airport security, causing you significant delays.
  4. Do not look after luggage/parcels for strangers or allow strangers to look after your belongings
  5. Do not carry an item through airport customs for someone else
  6. Do not accompany people you have only just met to places you do not know
  7. Only use taxis from an official taxi rank. These taxis are licensed and insured to carry paying passengers. Taxi ranks are usually located near the entrance/exit of airports and railway stations

Planning your journey to Liverpool

Before booking your flights, please check the start date of your accommodation contract. If you need to arrive any earlier than this date, you will need to contact your accommodation provider to request an early check-in where possible or arrange alternative accommodation in a nearby hotel until your contract start date. 

Please also check your academic course start date on your CAS statement or your offer paperwork before booking flights. Latest enrolment dates are given to all students for information in case extra time is needed for visa clearance or other mitigating circumstances, however, if you are able to enter the country in time for your indicated enrolment date, we strongly recommend you take part in all activities during your first week to help you integrate into life on campus. Please always double check the start date of your course before booking flights as not all course start dates fall in line with general enrolment weeks.

Use these tips to plan your journey:

  • Check Visit Britain for information and advice that will help you plan your journey
  • Some scholarship agencies (for example, the British Council) help their scholars with travel arrangements. If you are receiving a scholarship, check the information from your scholarship agency
  • If you have arranged your international travel through a travel agent, ask the agent if they can help you arrange your onward journey in the UK
  • Consult airport websites or information from your travel agent for details about services at airports
  • If you have any problem on arrival, go to the information centre or help desk at the airport or train station

Liverpool is accessible by road, rail and air

By air: There are numerous flights to Liverpool John Lennon Airport which is only seven miles from the city centre. The KLM service between Schiphol, Amsterdam and Liverpool connects the City Region with more than 750 worldwide destinations. Visit the Liverpool John Lennon Airport website for more information.

By rail: The mainline train station, Liverpool Lime Street, is ideally located in the heart of the city centre. Virgin Trains offer a direct high-speed service from the centre of London in a little over two hours. Liverpool has an extensive local rail service provided by Merseyrail.

By road: There are major motorway links to the M62, M57, M58 and M56 and all are within easy reach of the city centre and Liverpool John Moores University. Liverpool’s National Express coach station offers services to and from all major UK cities, including central London.

If you need more information or would like some advice, contact