Students returning to attend a boarding school in England from or through countries including the UAE, South Africa, Brazil and Portugal can self-isolate for 10 days in accommodation provided by their school. They must be a British or Irish national or have the right to reside in the UK; this includes anyone with a student visa.
The new arrangements will affect thousands of international students travelling to the UK ahead of schools reopening on Monday.
At the airport, students must show a copy of the letter from the Department for Education to their school confirming that boarding school students are covered by this exception to the standard quarantine rules. Students must also present a negative test result taken three days before they travel, and they then take tests on day two and day eight of their quarantine.
While in quarantine, boarders will be "kept separate from students arriving from other countries and other students at all times". The school may choose to deliver online learning to students while in quarantine.