Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
We will be meeting all participating students at Manchester Airport, and conveying them from there directly to the field camp in Dorstone village by minibus, at a date and time to be decided closer to the field season. This will be roughly a three-hour drive. If you wish to make other arrangements (for instance, arriving early in the UK), we can arrange to meet you at Hereford railway station.
For up-to-date information regarding requirements and restrictions for travelers to the UK, please consult the following websites:
A summary of current (February 2022) travel requirements is included below:
- complete a Passenger Locator Form. You may not submit the form until 48 hours before your arrival in the UK.
- From February 11, fully-vaccinated travelers will not be required to take a COVID-19 test before they travel to England from abroad or after they arrive.
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine when you arrive in England.
- You will not be able to travel to the United Kingdom from a red list country on the travel ban list unless you have residence rights in the UK.
At the time of writing, it is not known what the state of the COVID-19 pandemic will be by July 2022. The UK has a very advanced program of vaccination and booster shots, but we would like to warn potential participants that it may not be possible to proceed with fieldwork if the pandemic has become appreciably worse by the summer. This might occur, for instance, if a further new variant were to emerge in the new year.
The excavation site is very close to the camp site. While it could be walked in under half an hour, we will convey all personnel to site by minibus each day.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the field school director immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
While the COVID-19 pandemic persists, any leisure travel during the program and entailing use of buses, trains, and/or airplanes must be approved by the program director(s) prior to booking and departure.
To enter the United Kingdom, all U.S. citizens who do not also hold UK citizenship must present a valid U.S. passport to enter and depart. Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your planned stay. U.S. and Canadian citizens can stay in the UK for up to 6 months, but check this frequently because regulations change, often with little notice.
Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.