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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Immigration & Eligibility to Work Policy & Guidance


The following pages aim to provide practical guidance for staff and departments regarding immigration and eligibility to work. The guidance provides information including links to the Home Office (UKVI) website.


UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has published guidance on GOV.UK on immigration provisions for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). Full details are available here

Entering or returning to the UK

There are rules for people entering or returning to the UK. Please note that as of 18 January 2021, travel corridors are suspended. This means that all UK arrivals will need to quarantine upon arrival to the UK.

All international arrivals to England, including UK nationals are also now required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. Details available here

You will be required to self-isolate for 10 days when you arrive. Please check the travel corridors guidance for more information.

The Test to Release scheme is also available - you may be able to reduce your self-isolation period after international travel (fee involved)

We have provided some helpful FAQ's to support you as you plan your arrival

The University of Durham makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.

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