Arrivals & PCR Tests

LAL continues to welcome international students to our schools. There are different requirements for passengers arriving to the UK and Cape Town, depending on where they are travelling from.

Updated 10 January 2022


Students Travelling to the UK

The best information around for travelling to the UK at the moment can be found here: and here:

This gives you information you will need before you travel such as the requirements for testing and quarantine from your country and how to book any PCR tests you might need.

If you are fully vaccinated and arrive in England from 7th January 2022 you do not need to take a pre-departure test or quarantine after arrival. You will need to take either a PCR test or a lateral flow test when you arrive in the UK. This must be booked in advance and can be taken any time after arrival and before the end of day two.

The government has a list of approved PCR test providers. These can be found here:

It is important to note that the UK government does not recognise all vaccinations.

You are considered ‘fully vaccinated’ if:

  • You have received a complete course of the Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna or Janssen vaccines. Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin vaccines are accepted in England and Northern Ireland only.
  • You have received your vaccine in a country that is on the list of countries with an approved vaccination programme.
  • Combinations of the approved vaccines are accepted.
  • You must have received the final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before arrival.
  • Under 18s from all countries follow the same rules as fully vaccinated adults.

Travellers must be able to prove they have been fully vaccinated for 15 days with either a digital or paper-based document displaying, at a minimum, their forename and surname; date of birth; vaccine brand and manufacturer; date of vaccination for every dose; country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer.

Passengers who aren’t recognised as being fully vaccinated with authorised vaccines and certificates under England’s international travel rules, will still have to take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days upon their arrival from a non-red list country. Test to Release will remain an option for unvaccinated passengers who wish to shorten their isolation period.

The government has a list of approved PCR test providers. These can be found here: Here you can pre-book either day 2 or day 2 and day 8 tests depending on what you need. These should be booked before.

All arrivals into the UK must complete a passenger locator form online before you arrive in the UK. You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. After you complete the form you will receive a QR code via email. You can print this out or show it on your phone as proof of completion. You will find the passenger locator form here:

On the passenger locator form you will need to provide the following information

  • passport or other travel document details
  • travel details including times and dates
  • address details of where they will stay in the UK
  • booking reference number(s) for any Covid travel tests they must take after arriving in the UK




Students Travelling to South Africa

Students coming to Cape Town will be expected to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.

Upon arrival, you will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.

You will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.

If you display any COVID-19–related symptoms or have been in contact with an infected person(s), you will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. This test will be at the students cost. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, you will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the students cost.


Covid-19 Policy

Our covid-19 policy will cover how our operations will be affected and will ensure that staff, parents, students and agencies are aware of how LAL will handle all aspects of the programmes at our schools.

COVID-19 has created an ever-changing landscape with each government’s guidelines being different and circumstances changing all the time. It is extremely important for all third-party stake holders – parents, students and agencies – to check our policy regularly for changes which may have an effect on the trip to the UK or South Africa.

The below policy is written according to current guidelines and is subject to change.

You can download our covid-19 policy here


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