Here you will find news and updates from the VISA Team including updates on Home Office concessions relating to COVID-19.

Please read our news item on the  Home Office changes from 5th October 2020 and our news item on the Home Office changes from 5th October 2020.


News Update - 15th February 2021: The Scottish government has announced new rules for international arrivals, aimed at helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The new rules come into force from Monday, 15th February. Here is a quick summary of what you need to know:

  • All incoming passengers have to fill in a passenger locator form before they arrive, listing their contact details, departure country and their UK address
  • You will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test to be allowed entry. The test must have been taken in the 72 hours before travelling
  • You will still need to quarantine for a period of 10 days in hotel accommodation (called ‘managed isolation’)
  • All international travellers arriving directly into Scotland will have to go into managed isolation
  • Travellers should book this online and 1300 rooms near Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have been secured. Please go here to book:
  • This accommodation will cost £1750 for each traveller, which includes food and two tests, on days 2 and 8 of quarantine.

This applies to students travelling to Scotland. For London students, please check the UK Government arrival advice.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact or for visa specific enquiries.