Coronavirus FAQs

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions – Information for Students Planning to Come to Manchester

(updated December 2021)

Our main priority during the pandemic is our students and staff’s health and welfare.

Here you can find  answers to some of the questions that students are often asking us at the moment. 

You can see full details of current restrictions in the Greater Manchester area on the government website here

If you are fully vaccinated

From 4am Friday 7 January 2022

If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England, and you will arrive in England after 4am, Friday 7 January, you do not need to:

  • take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England
  • quarantine when you arrive in England

From 4am Sunday 9 January

If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England, and you will arrive in England after 4am, Sunday 9 January, you can choose to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test after you arrive in England.

If you take a lateral flow test and test positive, you will need to self-isolate and take a free confirmatory PCR test.

See full details on the government website.

If you are not fully vaccinated
  • Take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England
  • Before you leave home you will need to book  and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 PCR tests to be taken when you arrive in the UK.  
  • Complete a passenger locator form in the 48hrs before you travel. The booking reference number of your PCR test is required on your passenger locator form.

Read more about taking a Covid-19 test before you travel.

After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
  • take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel

You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.

Read full details on the government website.

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

You can check here for approved COVID-19 vaccines and countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.

Some students might have to quarantine when arriving to the UK. This will be discussed with you at the time of booking, or as government advice is received. We will normally be aware of this requirement before you travel, and we will discuss options with you.

Hosts are prepared for this situation, and can accommodate students who need to quarantine on arrival. 

We offer a quarantine package as detailed below.

For all students who need to quarantine on arrival in the UK we offer the IH Manchester Quarantine Package (minimum 4 week booking).

-upgrade to full board in homestay accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

-FREE online English group lessons. No need to wait, students can start their lessons online while self isolating.

-Online social activities Access to IH Manchester Team VIP Benefits Support from school staff There is no need to wait to start lessons!

-Students can begin their course online and then continue with the same lessons in school when their quarantine is over.

-IH Manchester Team VIP

  • MS Teams and Online Learner Management System E Learning with Macmillan English Campus
  • Course E-Book
  • Weekly Conversation Club
  • A Fun Online Social Activities Programme


If your booking is for less than for weeks there are two options available to you:

1. Student can switch to FULL BOARD for an extra £30 per week. This is the default option for students under the age of 18. Payment will be due before arrival.

2. Students can stay on their current meal plan at no extra cost and arrange their own lunches to be delivered (takeaway, home delivery etc). This option is only available for adult students.

If you are feeling well please do not come into school. You will need to take a PCR test as soon as possible if you have symptoms of Covid-19.

Cancellation & Postponement
COVID 19 Cancellation & Postponement Policy for Students taking an English Language Programme (not including English + Football)

 If a student tests positive for Covid-19 and has to isolate at any point during their course, IH Manchester takes no responsibility for any costs incurred by the student for changing their flights or paying for additional accommodation. It is the responsibility of the student to cover any extra costs, or to take out suitable travel insurance which covers this kind of scenario.

If you cancel more than 7 days before arrival, due to a COVID-19 issue, you can have a full refund of course fees, minus admin fee of £75.00.

If you cancel less than 7 days before arrival, we will give a credit voucher for the course fees, minus one weeks’ course fees and admin fee of £75.00. Credit is valid for 2 years.

If you cancel after arrival, we will offer you credit for your remaining course fees, minus one week’s course fees and the admin fee of £75.00.

Normal terms and conditions apply to accommodation (residences have their own terms which must be followed).

Covid-19 terms and conditions apply if either the student has Covid-19 and so cannot travel, or cannot travel to the UK due to COVID-19 restrictions, or if the school is not open for face-to-face classes. Evidence may be requested.

· Students may postpone their course for up to 12 months. Postponement is subject to the same conditions and fees as cancellation, before the course has started.

· After the course start date, postponement of any part of a course is at the discretion of IH Manchester. A fee may be payable for postponement after the course start date

IHM are offering online alternatives to face to face training, if classes cannot run as planned in school. By registering for a course now, students and parents are accepting these terms

We strongly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance in place before starting your course.
If you are in the process of applying for a course, or have already secured your place, you should consider what type of insurance you need, in case the worst should happen.