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If you are an international student there will be a lot of additional things you need to think about and plan for when joining Edinburgh. Visa regulations can be hard to understand, and a great concern when things go wrong, but try not to worry – our University's Student Immigration Service is available to help you.
Travelling to Edinburgh
Information to help you plan your travel back to Edinburgh for the start of the academic year.
If you are travelling to Edinburgh in September, make sure you thoroughly plan your journey and adhere to physical distancing measures, especially when on public transport.
If you travelling to Edinburgh from a country outside the UK, it may be necessary for you to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Your 14-day self-isolation will begin when you arrive in the UK, even if you travel via another city. You must self-isolate at the address you provided on the passenger locator form.
Self-isolation is a legal requirement and it is essential that you comply. Guidance what to do if you are self-isolating can be found on the Scottish Government Website.
Support from the University if you are self-isolating
Our student support services will be on hand to offer advice and support if you need to self-isolate.
- If you’re staying in University accommodation and need to self-isolate, please inform your Residence Life team: Self-Isolation in University accommodation
- If you’re staying in private accommodation and need to self-isolate or have symptoms of Covid-19, please let us know by completing this short form: Informing the University if you’re self-isolating
Our new Covid-19 Support Service will be on hand to support any students self-isolating in private accommodation. Once you’ve let us know that you’re self-isolating, our team will contact you personally once a week, however if you need additional support while self-isolating, you can contact the team or arrange for more regular contact from them at any time.
Before you travel to the UK, you will need to provide the Government with details of your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate.
You must submit the passenger locator form 48 hours before you are due to arrive in the UK. You cannot submit the form before then.
If you do not complete this form and present it when asked on arrival, you may be fined £60 in Scotland. You also may not be allowed to enter the UK (unless you are either a UK citizen or a UK resident).
Edinburgh Airport understand the concerns around travelling right now and have implemented various new systems and protocols to ensure that you can feel safe when travelling to Edinburgh.
This includes encouraging online check-ins, new one-way systems, hand sanitising stations and strict social distancing measures.
Who to contact
If you have any queries about being an international student at the University of Edinburgh, please contact Edinburgh Global via the details below.