We suggest you hold off purchasing your airline ticket until six (6) weeks prior to the departure date. Natural disasters, political changes, weather conditions and various other factors may force the cancelation of a field school. The IFR monitors local conditions 6-7 weeks prior to the beginning of each program and makes a decision accordingly. This approach allows sufficient time to still purchase deeply discounted airline tickets while helping to protect students from potential loss of airline ticket costs if we decide to cancel a program.
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.
At present, it is necessary to undertake a ten-day quarantine period if you arrive in the UK from the US. This is not required if you are arriving from one of the countries on the travel corridor list. The period of quarantine is reduced to five days if you take a C19 test under the Test to Release scheme.
We anticipate that by July the roll-out of C19 vaccines will mean that quarantine will no longer be necessary. If this is not the case, we would seek to identify accommodation in Manchester for students who need to quarantine before joining the field school. However, we would like warn potential participants that it may not be possible to proceed with fieldwork if the pandemic has continued unabated until the summer.
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.
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.