Latest update: Monday 9th August 2021
*Wales leads the way in the UK vaccination programme and worldwide – 2nd only to UAE, in the total percentage of the population given both first and second doses.
- Introduction – summary key information
- Wales moving to Alert Level 0
- Accommodation options for students
- Rules for international arrivals to the UK (green, amber, red lists)
- Information for students departing the UK (testing)
- I’m a new student, travelling soon
- Self-isolation rules in the UK
- How did Celtic respond to the pandemic?
- Information for current students
∎ Wales is now at the lowest level, Alert Level Zero (see picture above).
∎ Face coverings remain legal on public transport and in indoor places (except pubs, restaurants and cafes).
∎ There is no legal limit on the number of people that can meet up – in private homes, public places or at events.
∎ 2-metre social distancing is removed by law, but each business will have its own rules for it’s building or location.
∎ People in Wales can travel around the UK.
∎ All businesses, tourism, sports, places of worship and entertainment venues are open.
∎ Fully vaccinated adults, or under 18s, don’t need to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone with Coronavirus. However, if they feel unwell and show symptoms, they must self-isolate and get tested.
Read more about the Frequently Asked Questions for local life in Wales.
Homestay is available for over 16’s on adult courses. We have a great network of experienced and reliable hosts, that can help make your study abroad experience happy and comfortable.
We also have our excellent high-quality self-catering residence accommodation. We have the option of Standard or Studio rooms. Great if you want to meet other students in a Standard flat with a shared kitchen, or have your privacy in a Studio room.
International arrivals from Amber and Red list must complete 10 days quarantine on arrival to the UK. Red countries must quarantine in a government-approved hotel but Amber countries can choose their accommodation so we recommend our excellent Lumis Student Living residence close to the Academy in Cardiff city centre. (Please note the “Test to Release” after 5 days scheme does not apply in Wales.)
LATEST NEWS 02/08/2021: Students travelling from EU countries and the US with proof of a double vaccination, and under 18s from these countries, can now travel without quarantine on arrival. You must have had your 2nd vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. You will still need to complete a passenger locator form and pre-departure test within 72 hours before travelling to the UK, and then take a PCR test on day 2 when you are in the UK.
Note: this does not apply for red list countries (who have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival to the UK).
Why not join online classes during quarantine on arrival? Please contact us for more information if you want to make a new booking.
● All international arrivals to the UK must first check the travel countries’ list to see if you are arriving from a GREEN, AMBER or RED list country. Then follow the rules below.
● You can only book your arrival tests in Wales from the main CTM website or you risk a £2,000 fine. You cannot get your arrival tests for days 2 and 8 privately, like in England.
● Full testing and isolation guidance and rules for Wales is here.
*This only applies to those fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programmes (2 doses) or if coming from the US or an EU country, with proof of your double vaccination at least 14 days before travel.
● You must show proof of a Covid-19 negative test to travel to England, UK from abroad. You must take the test within the 3 days (72 hours) before your flight or ferry service departure. You will need to show proof on arrival to the UK. Read the UK Government information here.
● If you stop in another country during your journey to the UK, where possible you should get a test within 3 days of your final departure point before entering the UK.
● Even if you have received a Covid-19 vaccine you must still test.
● If you must take a Covid-19 PCR test on day 2 or 8 of arrival and self-isolation in the UK, you must pre-order and pay £210 for the Covid-19 PCR travel test package kit for days 2 and 8 of self-isolation. Order the travel test kit here. It is easiest to do this online but if you need help or support you can call +44 (0)1274 726424 or email [email protected]
● If you test positive on any of your post-arrival tests you must self-isolate for an additional 10 days
● “Green list” countries – if you are coming from a country on the green list and have not been in or passed through a red or amber list country in the 10 days before entering Wales then you do not need to self-isolate on arrival to the UK. You must still:
● Have proof of a negative pre-departure test taken within 72 hours before departure.
● Provide your address and contact details on the Passenger Locator Form.
● Take a PCR test on day 2. You must pre-book this on the UK booking site for £88.
● “Amber list” countries must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival unless you are a double-vaccinated adult or under 18 from the US and EU countries. You can choose your accommodation for self-isolation and don’t have to stay in government-approved hotels. You can come directly to Wales on arrival.
● For students aged 18+ accommodation offered by Celtic for students to self-isolate is Lumis Student Living Residence standard or studio rooms. Homestay is available for over 16s. For over 18s we recommend residence accommodation if you need to quarantine.
● In all cases, you must travel directly to your accommodation and provide your address and contact details on the Passenger Locator Form.
● In all cases you must follow the testing rules on days 2 and 8 as above.
Notes: the “Test to Release” scheme does not apply in Wales and is only valid in England. It is also not valid for “Red list countries”. Also, the removal of Amber list self-isolation if you are fully vaccinated only applies to those vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme, or from US or EU countries (providing the 2nd vaccine is given at least 14 days before travel).
● This is a rule announced by the UK government to protect against the transmission of variants of the virus banning travel from all “red list” countries.
● “Red list” countries must self-isolate in Government approved quarantine hotels. Currently, our students are not usually coming from red countries but it can be possible (see more information about “red list” countries below if this applies to you – you must enter on a Short Term Study Visa for 6+ months). Book the quarantine hotel package here if it does apply to you. There are no designated ports of entry in Wales, so this will be in England.
● This applies to those that have travelled directly from, or passed through, a “red list” country in the last 10 days before arrival to the UK.
● Students from “red list” countries can come to the UK for English language courses but must enter with a Short Term Study Visa valid for 6-11 months. It is not currently possible to enter on a Visitor Visa.
● The other exception is for British and Irish nationals, or third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK.
● All travelling from a “red list” country must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in a quarantine-approved hotel. They must provide evidence of a negative test to enter the UK in the first place and follow the rules for isolation and testing during their time in the quarantine hotel, including testing on days 2 and 8.
**Please note it is your responsibility to check the requirements for testing and departure following the rules of your airline and arrival country. Celtic can support and guide students but is not responsible for giving advice or recommendations about anything related to testing and departure, which will always be your final decision and responsibility.
● All students departing the UK to return to their home country must follow the Covid-19 advice of their country for arrivals. See the UK foreign travel advice page here and search by country.
● You must also check the advice of your airline e.g. some require your test results documentation to include your passport number.
● Most countries require a Covid-19 negative test result up to 72 hours (within 3 days) before departure.
● Most countries require a PCR or LAMP test but it is your responsibility to check which test is required for entry to your country and from your airline. You must also check if they need a printed copy of the test or will accept a digital copy by email.
● You cannot use the UK NHS test for departing travel. You must book a private test. Here are local private clinics close to the Academy: Pontcanna Medicspot, Nomad Travel Clinic near St. David’s Centre, Vivo Clinic Cathedral Road, Boots Cardiff. Also, PCR tests are available at Cardiff City Stadium with Express Test and Cardiff Airport offers PCR testing even if you are not flying from there.
● Cardiff Airport offers rapid and standard PCR testing. You receive the results by email and it is your responsibility to print if you need to show a printed copy of your results on departure (most airports and airlines require a printed copy). Rapid PCR tests results are available in 4 hours, Standard PCR tests usually in 48 hours.
● We do not recommend ordering a UK home testing kit because you risk not having enough time to receive your test and results before departure.
● Heathrow Airport has a good pre-departure testing facility. You can pre-book your departure test at the airport.
● It is recommended that you have plenty of time to take your test and check-in at Heathrow Airport, for example 7 hours before your flight.
● It is your responsibility to check the type of test you need pre-departure for the country you are travelling to.
● The tests that can be done and receive results within 45 – 90 minutes at Heathrow airport are the; LAMP, Rapid Antigen and Antibody. The PCR test takes 48 hours (in terminal) or the next day (drive through centre).
● If you use the Heathrow Airport testing service and test positive before departure you will have to quarantine and reschedule your flight.
Choose to arrive and join online classes during self-isolation on arrival (you must follow the required testing and self-isolating rules if you are coming from the “Red” or “Amber” list country you are travelling from, see above).
Choose to start studying online from your home country and change your start date for your face-to-face classes in Cardiff, when you would like to travel.
Choose to postpone your arrival date for face-to-face classes.
See our full Study with Confidence terms here. (Currently valid until December 2021)
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your course with us. You can write on the website chat, Whatsapp +44 7803 495 194 or email [email protected].
Read more about:
From 7th August 2021, people in Wales should self-isolate for 10 days if they:
From 7th August in Wales you do not have to self-isolate if:
Yes. Students due to arrive in Cardiff can still arrive and start their classes online, then join face-to-face classes. Online and hybrid teaching continues to be available as well as face-to-face classes.
Any student that wishes to postpone their arrival or needs to change their plans, for whatever reason, can still use the Study with Confidence terms for maximum flexibility, valid until December 2021.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to respect government rules to keep everybody well and safe.
Please remember that the UK has a national government but the devolved nations of Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland follow regional government rules for health and education. Therefore you might observe that different decisions are being made in different parts of the UK, for this reason. We will be happy to talk with you about the comparative situation across the UK if the national or international media is confusing for you.
Yes. Celtic English Academy offers 0% cancellation fees for any new individual booking that will start by December 2020. We want you to be able to plan your future and study with confidence.
Read the full flexible booking policy and conditions here.
When you visit, you will notice some changes at the Academy to keep everyone safe:
Students and staff wear face coverings at all times
Students and staff scan the NHS Track and Trace app QR code every time they enter the Academy (there are ones in each separate building, 18, 14 and 12)
Automatic hand sanitisers are available in all classrooms and as you enter the buildings
Plastic screens at reception and at the desks of key support staff
Floor markings to guide you around the Academy in a priority system, whilst maintaining distance from other students and staff.
Desks and chairs in classrooms have been spaced out for social distancing
Classes are on average 4-8 students in person, instead of the maximum of 10 usually
Celtic English Academy achieved the Wales and UK-wide industry-standard and consumer mark – ‘We’re Good To Go’ upon reopening.
It is a supporting mark from Visit Britain that means educational tourism businesses can show students, agents and visitors that the Academy is following the Welsh Government and public health guidance and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment. You can read more about it here.
If you are a current student and want to talk to us about daily life in Cardiff please contact us on the website chat. We care about your wellbeing, so you can contact us at any time. The Celtic family is here for you and when you are in Cardiff, you are part of our community.
If you feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19 please contact us and Celtic staff will help to tell you what to do next: +44 (0)7803 495 154 is the 24/7 emergency number.
You can also check out our following guides for students.
A visual guide to keeping yourself and others safe when studying at the Academy.
The official NHS guide for staff and students who agree to participate in bi-weekly lateral flow testing to help keep the Academy safe. All results, positive, negative or invalid, must be reported on the UK.Gov online form.
We have put together a guide to help you stay safe and keep positive
We understand that this is a difficult time living through a pandemic. We have put together a guide to help you if you need to self-isolate.
Download Help Guide
We put in place more ways to connect with you in response to the lockdown and school closure measures that are taking place in the UK from January 2021.
Read more about it.
Click here if you want to read the historic COVID-19 updates published by Celtic English Academy.
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