CoronavirusTravel, visas & immigration

Please note: Glasgow moved beyond Level 0 on 9 Aug 2021. Please ensure you read our Beyond level 0 web page. Information on this page will be up-to-date with the most recent developments.

Frequently asked questions

Quarantine support for international students arriving from red list countries

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

To provide support and reassurance to any student groups impacted by this decision:

The University of Strathclyde will meet the additional quarantine costs of up to £2,285 incurred by any of our new and returning students joining us for academic year 2021-22.

Eligibility criteria

Quarantine support funding will apply to Strathclyde applicants resident in a red list country arriving in the UK commencing a course of study in Academic Year 2021/22. Funding will also apply to current Strathclyde students resident in a red list country who are returning to the UK to continue studies that require them to register for some or all of the next academic year.

When making travel plans, students resident in amber and green list countries are advised to avoid transiting through a red list country.

Please note the University is not able to provide financial support for quarantine costs for any dependents or family members who travel to the UK with you.

Process for reimbursement

Students should book their quarantine hotel accommodation through the links on the UK Government web site (please ensure you follow the relevant links for arrival to England or Scotland depending on your flight). Quarantine support funding will apply to students undertaking a period of hotel quarantine anywhere in the UK.

After you have completed and paid for your booking you will be able to submit payment confirmation to us, please visit our red list quarantine support page for details.

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

With effect from 04:00 on Monday 4 October 2021, Amber and Green lists have been removed.  You can check if your country's vaccination programme is accepted in the UK and whether you have to self-isolate on arrival in the UK

Please see the latest updates: Scottish government guidance and UK government guidance.

The University has set out its plans for Academic Year 2021/22 and you can find lots of useful information there. 

If you have specific queries related to the structure of your particular course you should contact your Academic Department directly who will be able to advise you which elements of your course will be in-person or online. They will also be able to confirm the latest date they expect you to arrive on campus.

If you are a returning student with a Tier 4/Student Visa who is continuing a programme with us, you will be able to engage with your programme online until campus-based teaching and learning activities fully resume. There will be no impact on your visa provided you continue to engage with your studies. 

If you have any uncertainties about your visa status, please contact our Visa Compliance Team


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 collecting your BRP.

If you have a visa that is still valid then we would advise that you remain in the UK until the situation improves in your home country.  If your visa is due to expire between 1 July and 30 November you may be able to apply for Exceptional Assurance which will give you short-term protection on your immigration status. 

Exceptional Assurance should only be used if you plan to leave the UK – it should not be used to give you additional time before submitting another visa application inside the UK. 

If you require any clarification on this please contact our Visa Compliance Team

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