STUDENTS living in coronavirus hotspots are being asked not to travel between university and home for the time being.

Travel restrictions are set to come into force today at 6pm which means people from areas across the UK with high levels of the virus cannot enter Wales.

The Welsh Government confirmed earlier this week that it is preparing 'urgent action' to prevent people who live in areas with high coronavirus infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales.

This action is being taken after Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to respond to requests to make advisory travel guidance in English coronavirus hotspots mandatory.

This means that people living in areas with a high-prevalence of coronavirus in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland would not be able to travel to Wales for the time being.

Welsh Government has confirmed to the Leader that this also includes students who are currently residing in hotspot areas, whether in England or Wales.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Wales’ travel restrictions will apply to everyone living in areas of the UK where there are high levels of the virus. People, including students, will not be able travel to and from these area without a reasonable excuse.

“We are asking all students living in Wales, and all our Welsh students living outside Wales, to help us keep Wales safe by not travelling between university and home, if either is in a hotspot area for the time being. We know this is tough, but we all need to help to reduce the spread of the virus.

“Ensuring students can return home over Christmas is a priority for this government and we will be working with universities to ensure that can happen.”

Current hot spot areas are areas under local restrictions in Wales, tier 2 and tier 3 areas in England, the central belt of Scotland, and all of Northern Ireland.