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In November, the Department for Education announced new guidelines to enable university students to travel home during the ‘student travel window’, which runs from 3 to 9 December 2020.
The Government has issued detailed guidance about how to travel safely and you should read their travel advice on the government’s ‘Safer travel guidance for passengers’ webpage.
If you do choose to travel home during the student travel window, we’ve also rounded up a few key tips to help you follow government guidelines and travel safely.
For guidance about when to travel home for Christmas, please read our ‘Winter break travel plans’ story.
If you are an International student, please refer to the travel guidance email sent to you by our International Advice and Guidance team. If you have any questions, please contact the team via email: IAGTeam@liverpool.ac.uk.
The University has a dedicated COVID Guidance and Travel Plans Helpline.
You can call the team on: 0151 795 9500
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10am to 4.30pm
Opening hours during winter break:
To help us provide the necessary student support and COVID-19 testing, please fill in our short Holiday Travel Arrangements Form. Please complete the form whether you have already travelled, are staying on campus or if you plan to go home for Christmas.
The government guidance states you must not travel if you:
If you are traveling outside of the student travel window (3 to 9 December) the government guidance states you must not travel if you have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate because you have been in close contact with someone with symptoms but do not have symptoms yourself. However, an exemption has been made for students told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service and who are travelling within the student travel window (3 to 9 December). For these students, government guidance allows travel during this period, as long as you self-isolate once you have returned home. If you travel home during the student travel window when NHS Test and Trace have told you to self-isolate because you have been a close contact, you should avoid using public transport where possible.
The government states you should not travel if you:
These restrictions apply to England. Remember, the rules are different in the other UK nations:
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