LIYSF 2021: Safety Updates for On-campus STEM Programme. Read More


The health, safety and security of our students and staff is our first priority. At LIYSF we have a rigorous and independently verified safety assessment protocol.

Safety is of paramount importance at LIYSF. We work closely with our suppliers to maintain and improve safety standards wherever possible. Through our assessment process and ‘TravelSafe’ safety management programme, we actively seek good practice in health and safety and we do our best to ensure that our event is as safe and trouble-free as we can make it.


We are planning on the 62nd LIYSF taking place from 28th July to 11th August 2021 in-person and online.

Please check this page for updates for the latest information, as this will be updated regularly. As well as safety measures we will be taking for the safe operation of LIYSF this year, there will also be extra requirements for our attending students. The number of on-campus students will be restricted this year. 

We will put relevant safety measures in place that are recommended at the time of our event, and will include at least the following measures:

  • Attending students will be required to provide evidence of good health, for example, a PCR test 
  • Students will be required to take lateral flow tests every three days at LIYSF, more details to follow
  • Attending students will be subject to government travel restriction protocols 
  • We will require students to remain on-programme for the duration of LIYSF, so that we create a small event bubble with as little external interaction as possible, avoiding the use of public transport. Going to crowded central London tourist areas will not be permitted. Bubbles will be created within the group.
  • An approved face mask will be required to be worn at all times during LIYSF
  • All LIYSF venues will have strict capacity limits in place, adequate ventilation, hand sanitiser stations, one-way walking flow directions and staggered time slots for mealtimes. Venues are thoroughly cleaned regularly 
  • The 2021 programme has been adapted, social and cultural events have been altered and re-designed
  • Accommodation provisions for LIYSF 2021 have been modified, all students will now stay in a twin en-suite room and will be allocated with a student from the same country/region. Max 2 students per room and no shared bathrooms. Previously we used rooms up to six persons per room with shared bathrooms in local university accommodation

LIYSF takes advice from the relevant government agencies and supporters of the Forum include eminent epidemiologists at the Department of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, Imperial College London. We are constantly staying updated on the situation. In the UK we follow the advice and guidance on contingency measures provided by the authorities, including Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service (NHS). We are also a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust and work in accordance with their guidance.

The UK National Health Service (NHS) has issued advice and guidance to help prevent the spread of the virus, which we encourage you to follow – see here. We also follow UK government guidelines such as those outlined here. When looking for information about the virus and the situation, please look to trusted sources.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

This page was last updated on 21st June 2021.


You are required to quarantine and take tests if you travel from a country on the Amber list to the UK. You can take advantage of the “Test to Release” programme after 5 days.

Things to consider:

  • You will need to do a COVID test prior to travelling from your departure country.
  • You will need to pre-book COVID tests for day 2 and day 8 of your arrival in the UK. These must be arranged prior to travel. We are able to book these for you with our hotel partner at £85 per test, with 24hr results, please contact us to book.
  • Test to Release Scheme, on the fifth full day of being in the UK, you can take a PCR test to end your stay in quarantine. Please note, you must wait for your negative result to leave quarantine and you have to choose carefully which service provider gets results back promptly. We are able to book these for you with our hotel partner at £85 per test, with 24hr results, please contact us to book.


We are working with our partner 4* hotel, The Copthorne Tara, where all students will be staying this year, to offer you a quarantine package if you wish to travel from an amber country to join LIYSF and do not have friends/family in the UK with whom you can do your quarantine.

  • You need to book a flight that arrives in London on Thursday 22nd July.
  • Friday 23rd July is your first day that counts for quarantine. Book your test to release test for the fifth day (Tuesday 27th July). Get your negative results on Weds 28th July to join LIYSF!
  • Our package includes 6 night’s hotel accommodation (22nd – 28th July) and all meals brought to your room (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack). Your 4* hotel room has cable TV and fast internet access (included). The hotel has a lot of experience in providing this quarantine service.
  • Cost of £595 per person for your stay with meals
  • If you are travelling with another student on the same flight. Please enquire as may be able to offer you a twin room together for a lower price, please ask us for more details.
  • LIYSF staff are on-site throughout at all times and available to help, as well as the 24hr experienced hotel staff.

Please note:

  • You need to book all your tests before you leave for the UK. We are able to help book these for you with the tests being taken at the hotel and results in 24hrs, the price is £85 per test.
  • You need to take a test, even if you have been vaccinated.
  • Information on types of tests accepted.
  • You may want to consider a private airport transfer with us to get from the airport to the hotel. This costs £49.50. You are under the UK rules allowed to use public transport also.
  • Meals are provided with dinner on Thursday 22nd July through to breakfast on 28th LIYSF meal provisions start with dinner on the 28th July.
  • We advise waiting to book either this package or your UK tests until closer to the travel dates, as your country may move from the amber list!

Please let us know any questions and would like to book. More information at:


To reduce the risk of infection all persons should:

  • Wear an approved facemask at all times, following guidance and changing at regular intervals.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using alcohol hand rub containing 60% alcohol at regular intervals, after using public transport, after toileting and always before food.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or who appears unwell.
  • If you feel unwell, stay in your room, notify your group leader. Contact local healthcare provider, checking online information first.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue to hand, cough into the bend of your elbow.
  • Ensure frequently touched items and surfaces e.g. door handles, light switches, taps are cleaned and disinfected.
  • Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets, backyard or commercial poultry farms and do not touch wild or domestic birds (alive or dead).
  • Avoid any contact with animals, birds or surfaces that may be contaminated with animal or bird dropping.
  • Avoid eating or handling undercooked or raw meat including poultry, egg or duck dishes.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.


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