CoronavirusVisas & immigration

Please note: Glasgow is under COVID-19 Protection Level 4 restrictions until 26 April 2021. Please ensure you read our Protection Level 4 web page. Information on this page will be up-to-date with the most recent developments.

Frequently asked questions

Scotland remains in Protection Level 4 ‘Stay at Home’ until 2 April 2021 and then, until 26 April 2021, the guidance is to ‘Stay Local’.  Travel to or from Scotland without a reasonable excuse is still prohibited by law. See exceptions for which travel is permitted, but please avoid travel for even those reasons unless it is essential.   If you decide to travel abroad during the Spring Break then you must consider the following:

  • It is likely that the destination country will require you to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travelling – check for entry restrictions, testing, or quarantine requirements at UK Government Travel Advice You may also have to self-isolate for 10-14 days in your destination country.
  • The University of Strathclyde will not be reimbursing the cost of any PCR tests taken to facilitate international travel.
  • From 15 February, all arrivals to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against the importation of COVID-19.   You must consider this if you intend to return to the UK after the Spring Break as there is not yet a published date when this requirement will be lifted. 

The current timetable for easing of restrictions can be found on Scottish Government webpages.

If you have not yet confirmed travel arrangements to the UK, you should remain where you are and continue your studies online. Please delay confirming your travel plans until further guidance is issued. We will be in touch with you to advise when you can travel safely to the UK.  

Semester 2 assessments have been planned and developed to take account of online and blended learning approaches throughout the course of the Semester. 

Travel to or from Scotland without a reasonable excuse is not permitted. Read more about the Scottish Government’s guidance on travel and transport.

The Scottish Government updated its quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering the UK on 11 February 2021.  Travel to or from Scotland without a reasonable excuse is not permitted.

These rules apply to people travelling to the UK from Monday 15 February 2021.

You can view the international travel and quarantine guidance in full on the Scottish Government’s website.

Everyone who arrives directly in Scotland by air from outside the Common Travel Area (the CTA, comprising United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands) must:

  • provide a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.
  • before departure for arrivals from Monday 15 February, book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days from arrival. This applies to arrivals from all countries outside the CTA and includes British citizens.
  • complete an online passenger locator form before travelling, and provide contact details, travel details and the address of their final destination. You will need to enter the booking reference for your managed isolation package.
  • be tested on day of 2 and 8 during of your 10-day quarantine
  • follow the national rules on Coronavirus in Scotland.

These measures have been introduced to manage imported transmission of Coronavirus and, ultimately, to save lives. It is an offence to fail to have a pre-departure test, to fail to complete a Passenger Locator Form, and to leave the managed isolation you are required to book.

You can view the international travel and quarantine guidance in full on the Scottish Government’s website.

Yes.  From Monday 15 February, arrivals must book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days from arrival. This applies to arrivals from all countries outside the Common Travel Area and includes British citizens. You can find out more information on the Scottish Government’s website.

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

Yes, you must have proof of a negative COVID-19 Test before you travel to Scotland.

The Scottish Government has set out details of how you do this on its Testing web pages.

You should follow the guidance that applies to the location of the airport. Information on international travel is available on the UK Government’s website.

If you arrive from a red list country into England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to go to a quarantine hotel in one of those countries. You will only be allowed to travel on to Scotland after you have done this. Red list countries are identified on the UK Government’s website.


Students and other passengers arriving elsewhere in the UK from countries not on the red list and travelling onto Scotland are not required to go to a quarantine hotel. Red list countries are identified on the UK Government’s website.

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.

Please don’t worry, the University can support you during this period. Please contact us on student-advice@strath.ac.uk

After 10 days

If you do not have any coronavirus symptoms after 10 days, you can stop self-isolating. You will then need to follow the same Scottish Government rules as others who are living in Scotland.

COVID-19 Test Centre on campus

If you do return to campus, please book a COVID-19 test for a date after completion of 10 days of quarantine. Do not break quarantine to attend an on-campus test.

If you develop COVID symptoms during your quarantine period you may book an NHS COVID-19 test using the NHS Inform website.

If you arrive in Scotland from within the Common Travel Area, but have travelled through a non-acute risk country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you must self-isolate at home or at accommodation you specify on your Passenger Locator Form, unless you have an exemption.  In addition, you must book a testing package and take tests on days 2 and day 8 of your self-isolation period.

The test package is £210 and must be booked in advance at https://quarantinehotels.ctmportal.co.uk/Quarantine/Home.aspx.  

More information can be found on the Scottish Government's website.

Accute risk countries are listed Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation (quarantine)

Self-isolation rules apply to travel to Scotland, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route. It also applies regardless of how you have arrived in Scotland – directly or via another part of the UK. 

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.

Please don’t worry, the University can support you during this period. Please contact us on student-advice@strath.ac.uk

After 10 days

If you do not have any coronavirus symptoms after 10 days, you can stop self-isolating. You will then need to follow the same Scottish Government rules as others who are living in Scotland. 

COVID-19 Test Centre on campus 

If you do return to campus, please book a COVID-19 test for a date after completion of 10 days of quarantine. Do not break quarantine to attend an on-campus test.

If you develop COVID symptoms during your quarantine period you may book an NHS COVID-19 test using the NHS Inform website.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that all country exemptions (sometimes known as Travel Corridors) have been suspended until further notice. Read the news release for more information.

Passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) must complete the passenger locator form and self-isolate for 10 days when arriving or returning to Scotland. Passengers must also present a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure.

Yes, travellers from overseas arriving in Scotland are required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. The Scottish Government issued guidance on international travel, testing and quarantine on 11 February 2021.

Read the full guidance on quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering the UK.

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 resume. There will be no impact on your visa provided you continue to engage with your studies. We will update our advice as we move to the next phase of return. 

Find out more information for EU/EEA students.

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 understand that this is not possible.

Please see here for more information about collecting your BRP.

Students coming to the University of Strathclyde on exchange who are non-EEA nationals will need a visa that covers the period of their programme of study. Guidance on what visa will be required can be found on our Exchange and Study Abroad webpages

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