International & EU students

Please see below for information for International and EU students. 

How do I book a quarantine hotel?

You can book your managed quarantine in a hotel using the UK Government’s hotel portal.

My country is on the UK Government’s red list, what does that mean for me and my arrival in Scotland?

Full-time international students with a valid student visa are permitted to travel to the UK from a UK Government red list country for purposes of education but are required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of 10 days from the point of arrival in to.

Red list countries are identified on the UK Government’s website. Countries may be added or removed from this list as the situation changes so you are advised to check the website regularly before you plan your travel to the UK

Regardless of where you enter the UK, you must quarantine on arrival. Please remember if you are quarantining during induction and teaching, bring your laptop, to enable you to access these classes online.

What do I need to do if I am travelling from an amber list country?

If you are arriving in the UK from an amber list country, you must self-isolate for 10 full days when you arrive in Scotland. This is to protect against the risk of imported cases of coronavirus. See the Scottish Government's advice on self-isolation guidance.

Amber list countries are identified on the UK Government’s website. Countries may be added or removed from this list as the situation changes so you are advised to check the website before you plan your travel to the UK.

If you plan to stay in University-managed accommodation for the coming academic year, you can choose to arrive prior to the course start date to begin your self-isolation.

With effect from Monday 2 August 2021, those who have been fully vaccinated (received two does) in the UK, US or EU (except those coming from France) will not require to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.  You will need to show your vaccination certificate on arrival. You should be able to obtain a vaccination certificate from your country’s health services.

I am arriving in Glasgow from elsewhere in the UK, do I need to quarantine?

All students and other passengers arriving from red list countries  elsewhere in the UK, must quarantine on arrival.

For students arriving from countries not on the red list and travelling onto Scotland, you are not required to go to a quarantine hotel, however you must self-isolate for 10 full days when you arrive in Scotland, unless double vaccinated in the UK, EU (except from France) and the US. This is to protect against the risk of imported cases of coronavirus. See the Scottish Government's advice on self-isolation guidance.

Will I be entitled to the COVID-19 vaccine when I arrive in Scotland?

The Scottish Government has announced that international students are included in the national coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme for the coming academic year (2021/22). Further details on vaccinations can be found under the ‘vaccination’ section on this webpage.

International students living in the UK and registered with a General Practitioner (GP) can access healthcare. This includes access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Please see the ‘vaccination’ section on this webpage.

When students arrive in the UK, they should register with a local GP surgery as soon as possible.

How do I collect my BRP is I need to self-isolate?

Students coming to study from overseas are usually advised to collect their BRP within 10 days, however, the Home Office recognises the current difficulties for students having to self-isolate and understands that this is not possible.

Please see here for more information about your BRP.

If most of my course is online, do I need to come to Scotland?

While some of your teaching will be online, some elements of your programme will require you to be on campus. While we appreciate some students may find arriving for the start of term challenging, we recommend you arrive as soon as you can, as none of our programmes can be completed online. Please see our Postgraduate Research Student FAQ’s for related questions for PGRs.  

I am a postgraduate research student. What is the current advice on international travel for conferences?

Conferences are now typically being held remotely and online. Please follow Scottish Government guidance on travel abroad if you are currently resident in Scotland.