Update as of 7th January 2022
Travel and test rules have changed from 7th January 2022. We recommend you to read this BBC article for highlights and refer to the government website for detailed information.
Covid: Pre-departure travel tests to be scrapped
Below are the updated information from the government website, for fully vaccinated people.
When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated
From 4am 7 January you do not have to quarantine on arrival in England if you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England.
After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test. This is the test that you booked before travel.
This must be a PCR test if you arrive in England before 4am Sunday 9 January. If you arrive after 4am, 9 January you can use a lateral flow test. You will be able to book lateral flow tests from 7 January.
You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.
If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate and take a PCR test.
Update as of January 2022
For arrivals to the UK from abroad, we invite you to consult the latest recommendations concerning travel to England from another country. What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.
From Saturday 18th December 2021, conditions of travelling between France and the UK have changed. For arrivals from France, more detailed information can be found on the Consulate General of France in London.
Update as of December, 2021
Omicron, the new variant of concern has been identified in Oxfordshire. Visit our news site for the latest updates. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, follow its instructions about testing and self-isolating. This will help keep us all safe.
If you are not yet vaccinated, the best thing you can do is to do so, as soon as you are able to. Find out more about getting a vaccination.
Nationally, a number of temporary and precautionary measures have been introduced.
As a result of the move to Plan B:
For more information on the move to Plan B, visit the government’s website.
The Plan B measures supplement other existing measures, which are as follows:
We are also advised to continue to follow existing public health guidance:
Update as of August 8th, 2021
Most legal restrictions on social contact have been lifted from 19th July 2021. However, Covid-19 is still spreading across the UK, and the following recommendations remain:
From 8th August:
If you’ve been fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised and administered in the UK, US or Europe (plus 14 days), you do not need to quarantine when returning from amber list countries (which includes France, except Reunion and Guyana, to date). Reservation of a Day 2 test remains compulsory.
We invite you to consult the latest recommendations concerning travel to the United Kingdom from the red, amber and green countries.
For arrivals from France, more detailed information can be found on the Consulate General of France in London.
Update as of March 30th, 2021
Read the restrictions in England applicable from March 29th.
Update as of March 17th 2021
On March 12th, the French Council of State abolished the compelling reasons for the return of French citizens abroad.
« Every French person has the right to join the national territory« : this removes any ambiguity regarding the safe return of students to France.
Of course, it will be necessary to respect the instructions such as carrying out a PCR test before entering French territory and having a travel certificate. The UK authorities provide a list of centres for Covid-19 PCR testing.
Travel conditions between France and the UK
International travel is not recommended unless there is a compelling reason to enter the UK.
France requires a negative test prior to entry into France.
For arrivals in the UK, there is still a list of 33 countries for which hotel quarantine at the traveller’s expense remains mandatory. It costs £1,700 per stay. To date, France is not on this list.
Update as of March 10th 2021
Update as of February 23rd 2021
Prime Minister Boris JOHNSON has announced yesterday, MON 22 FEB 2021, a « roadmap » for easing COVID-19 restrictions in England. After the first stage on 8 March, further lifting of the rules will happen if certain conditions are met. You can read and watch below:
The steps from March to June:
Government Web Site
Boris JOHNSON in full in Downing Street press conference yesterday
Please note that the current and further guidance in my emails to you applies nationally to England and is under review. Moreover, please let me stress a few things especially for those currently living in Oxford:
– 8 March : All schools and colleges will reopen and University students can return for practical courses. There will be a review for all of our students registered at EM Oxford and especially those currently settled in Oxford.
– Please do not travel to the UK as we have still very strict international travel restrictions.
– The roadmap builds on the previous guidance for a safe reopening higher education (HE) campuses, and will be updated further.
– Please answer the survey (to come) as we need to know who and how many students are in Oxford and willing to return on site. This is crucial.
We are working hard to minimise risk during the pandemic and to provide services to ensure you have an enjoyable learning experience while staying as safe as possible. You know the measures that EM Normandie took to ensure our campus was Covid secure during the autumn semester to allow teaching and learning as safely as possible.
The EM Normandie Oxford now needs to translate the roadmap into the specific actions. We will set out clearly what steps we will take to ensure that you, staff and lecturers can return, with confidence that everything has been made to reduce risks in our working and student environment, in accordance with government guidance.
So please check your mailbox: We will update our specific guidance shortly.
Many grateful thanks for your cooperation.
Warm wishes; spring is on its way and brighter days are coming!
Campus Director EM Normandie UK/Oxford
PS: Looking after your mental health in COVID times:
The restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic can seem relentless and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed or anxious. Feeling lonely? Please talk to someone in the welfare or campus team. Our psychologist Tatiana CANTAUD is available Tatiana.email@example.com Confidential, in French and in English and for free.)
Update as of February 12th 2021
Find the new rules for testing and hotel quarantine in the UK on the BBC website.
Travelling outside the UK: please remember lockdown rules mean people must only travel abroad for essential reasons. These are the same as the « reasonable excuses » for domestic travel, including:
Please note: people leaving England will soon have to make a declaration on why they need to travel, which will be checked by carriers prior to departure.
Update as of January 21st 2021
Consult the new rules of travel between France and the United Kingdom on the website of the French Embassy.
Update as of January 5th 2021
National lockdown in England: Stay at Home
Yesterday evening at 8pm, the Prime Minister Boris JOHNSON has announced a national lockdown in England and instructed people to stay at home. The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country.
The restrictions come into effect today, Tuesday 5 January 2021 and are expected to last until the middle of February if the situation in hospitals improve. Higher education provision will be online until end-February. Thus, our campus is now closed and our students should remain where they are wherever possible, and attend your semester online, as facilitated by the school.
All non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services must close, or remain closed. Restaurants can continue delivery, takeaway or click-and-collect of food and non-alcoholic drinks, but venues will no longer be able to serve takeaway or click-and-collect alcohol.
Essential shops can remain open. The outdoor areas of venues such as heritage homes and botanical gardens can remain open, to be used for exercise. Playgrounds may also remain open. Places of worship can also remain open, but you may only visit with your household. Indoor and outdoor sports facilities including sports courts, gyms, golf courses, swimming pools, and riding arenas must also close.
From today, you will only be allowed to leave your homes for the following reasons:
Avoid unnecessary travel and only travel outside of your local area for a legitimate reason, e.g. travel back home to your family.
Find out what you can and cannot do here:
The EM Normandie Oxford will provide 100% remote learning, support and services until at least late February. Please note that teaching and admin staff is working from home and available from Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 5pm as follows:
U1, U2, U3
Students’ Life, Welfare and Associations
Director or EM Normandie Oxford
Regular updates will be communicated.
Stay safe, stay at home and do not hesitate to get in touch with us.