Coronavirus: advice for international students

In this section you will find information relating to international during Coronavirus, as well as information on arriving in UK and associated quarantining requirements.

Students travelling to Scotland - COVID-19 travel and arrival advice

If you are travelling from a Red List Country you can travel to Scotland if you have an essential reason to do so. This includes attending university and travel for other essential purposes connected with your course of study. If you are unsure whether you should travel, please contact the VISA Team directly to discuss your individual circumstances. 

It is important that you consider all travel restrictions and guidance before travelling, and adhere to any requirement to self-isolate upon arrival. Further guidance for students arriving in Scotland is available at the following webpage: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/

It is likely you will need to isolate in a hotel or at home in Scotland for at least 10 days after you arrive. What you need to do depends on whether your journey is directly to Scotland or not. The situation is evolving worldwide, so it is important that you check all guidance before you travel.

Managed and self isolation: what you must do: 

Whether you need to enter managed isolation (quarantine in a hotel) or self-isolate at home (or wherever you are planning to stay) in Scotland, depends if you are:

  • getting a direct flight to a Scottish airport from abroad
  • travelling to England, before travelling on to Scotland
  • travelling to either Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, before travelling on to Scotland

To find out what you need to do please check the following link: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/what-you-must-do/ 

If you are getting a direct flight to a Scottish airport from abroad: you'll need to quarantine at a hotel in Scotland for 10 days (11 nights) as soon as you arrive. 'Abroad' means flying to Scotland from outside the UK (including Northern Ireland), Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

You must book the hotel you're going to isolate in before travelling to Scotland. You must book your hotel through the quarantine hotel booking website. You cannot book a hotel through any other website. The cost is now £2,285 and includes the COvid test  kits.

Before you travel

You'll need to:

  • have taken a coronavirus test in the 3 days before you begin your journey to Scotland - this test must show a negative result for you to be able to travel, if it's positive you should not travel
  • show proof of your negative test result before boarding your plane - border staff may also ask for proof of a negative test when you arrive in Scotland
  • complete an online passenger locator form before travelling

While in Scotland, you must at all times follow the rules on COVID-19.

Testing while isolating in your hotel

While staying in your hotel, you'll need to take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 of your 10 day stay.

If either of these tests are positive for COVID-19, you may need to quarantine at your hotel for longer than 10 days.

For full guidance including information on the current cost of isolating in a hotel, getting help paying for your hotel quarantine and previous positive test results, please visit: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/what-you-must-do/

If you are travelling to England, before travelling on to Scotland: If you fly from abroad to an airport in England, you are likely to need to quarantine in a hotel in England if you have travelled through an area of acute risk during the 10 days before you arrive in England.  You can find a list of countries on the acute list (red list) on gov.uk.  To get help booking hotels in England, use the quarantine hotel booking service.  If you have an onward flight booked to Scotland immediately after arriving via England check with your travel agent or carrier if you should quarantine in England or once you arrive in Scotland. If you have not travelled through one of these acute risk areas in the 10 days before arriving in England, you will not need to quarantine in a hotel. Instead, you must self-isolate for 10 days (11 nights), either at home or anywhere else you are planning to stay in Scotland. 

Covid testing 

If you are self-isolating at home you must also book a COVID-19 testing kit. You will need to take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 of your 10 day self-isolation. COVID-19 testing kits cost £210 for each person, and will be delivered to the address where you are self-isolating. If you have a positive COVID-19 test while self-isolating, you may need to isolate for longer. Please note that if you are travelling to Scotland and require to book a testing package, you should only do so using the link below. Testing kits bought from private sector providers are not eligible for these purposes. 

Travelling on to Scotland

If you are travelling on to Scotland after isolating for 10 days in England, you will not need to isolate for a second time in Scotland. Test to Release does not apply in Scotland.  If you took a test on day 5 after arriving in England in order to end your isolation early, you will still need to complete the 10 days of isolation when you reach Scotland.

If you are travelling to the Republic of Ireland before travelling on to Scotland: If you have travelled through an area of 'acute risk', you must follow the same rules as those who come directly to Scotland. This means you must book to isolate in a hotel in Scotland before you travel, and go straight to the hotel as soon as you arrive in Scotland. If you have not travelled through an acute risk area, you must self-isolate for 10 days (11 nights), either at home or anywhere else you are planning to stay while in Scotland.

Students travelling to England - COVID travel & arrival advice (GCU London)

For the latest official travel advice, please check the GOV.UK website

Before you leave for the UK

You’ll need to:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • provide proof of a negative coronavirus test

Find out more about what you’ll need to do before you leave for the UK because of coronavirus.

Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. (For students, this will be your Student entry clearance vignette.) 

You may also be required to self-isolate for 10 days when you arrive in the UK, depending on where you have travelled from.

If you’re travelling to England you must either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days because of coronavirus (COVID-19). What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

You must also get 2 coronavirus tests after you arrive in England. You’ll need to book these before you travel.

Find out how to book the tests you must get after you arrive in England and if you need to book a quarantine hotel.

You cannot currently enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK. This includes international students with a sponsored Student visa.

Coronavirus restrictions currently apply in England. Find out about the:

COVID-19 International Student Travel Form

The VISA Team are asking all international students or workers to keep the VISA Team updated with any travel plans outside of UK during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is following the government announcement that anyone arriving in UK will now likely be required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. The VISA Team are working closely with all Schools across GCU to help minimise impact to our students during this time. If you are currently here at GCU sponsored visa, please complete this form, before sending the completed form via email to visa@gcu.ac.uk: 

International Student Travel Form - COVID-19