UK universities have been offering financial help to international students from red list countries to cover the cost of quarantine, but arrangements for September remain unclear as the sector and government try to decide how to handle the coming influx of students.
Quarantine hotels were introduced in the UK in February for incoming travellers who had been in or transited certain countries. Those from the ‘red list’ countries must spend 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel at the cost of £1,750.
India, the second largest source market for international students after China, was added to the red list on April 23 following an uptick in cases due to a new local variant.
Private providers – and some universities – are now pushing for alternative quarantine arrangements.