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 22 September 2021


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.

From 4am Monday 4 October 2021 the traffic light system will change. There will be a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for passengers arriving from the rest of the world. Fully-vaccinated adults and all under 18s from 17 new countries as well as from the EU, EEA and USA will no longer need to take a pre-departure test, a day 8 PCR test or quarantine for 10 days.

Fully vaccinated passengers will be able to replace day 2 PCR tests with cheaper lateral flow tests from the end of October. Until then a day 2 PCR test is still required. The government has a list of approved PCR test providers. These can be found here:

From 4am Monday 4 October, you will qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated:

  • under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan

Travellers must be able to prove they have been fully vaccinated for 14 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 return from a non-red list country under the new two-tiered travel programme. 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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