Self-isolation (quarantine) information for international arrivals

If you are coming to Stirling from outside the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Please read all of this information thoroughly so you understand what is expected of you.

Latest guidance on international travel and self-isolation (quarantine)

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of travel and quarantine requirements for international arrivals to the UK, some of the information on the University website may not reflect the latest official guidance.

The Scottish Government anticipates that the easing of restrictions to allow the full opening up of international travel will not be achievable before 17 May 2021 and, depending on the global transmission rate of COVID-19 at that time, might take longer.    

If you are travelling directly from overseas to Scotland you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on travelling to Scotland including a requirement for managed isolation on arrival in a quarantine hotel. If you are travelling from overseas into another part of the UK, there is a requirement for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel if you are travelling from a country on the UK Government red list – please check the UK government website.

Before you travel

Contact the University

  • If, for essential purposes, you must travel to campus accommodation, (for example your home location is unsuitable for study or you need to access health and wellbeing support), you must notify us before you travel by emailing accommodation@stir.ac.uk so that we can understand your circumstances and provide support.

Check if you need to quarantine

  • If you are travelling directly from overseas to Scotland you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on travelling to Scotland including a requirement for managed isolation on arrival in a quarantine hotel.
  • If you are travelling from overseas into another part of the UK, there is a requirement for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel if you are travelling from a country on the UK Government red list – please check the UK government website.

Make travel arrangements

If you develop coronavirus symptoms while travelling, you must inform the crew or driver on your plane, train, boat, bus or taxi and they will tell you what to do next.

You should only use public transport for your arrival if you have no other option. You can pre-book a taxi from the airport/train station in advance using Stirling Taxi’s online system

When travelling to Stirling, whether by public transport or taxi you must wear a face covering by law. If you do not comply with this requirement you could be issued a fixed penalty notice for £60.

If you think you are exempt from wearing a face covering, e.g. on health grounds, please check the latest guidance on wearing face coverings.

Arrival at your accommodation

You must know where you are coming to and have information about your accommodation on hand. You will need your address and contact details for your passenger locator form. You should keep a copy of this information on you when you are travelling.

You must familiarise yourself with the detailed quarantine guidance and make a plan for your 10 day self-isolation period. You may be asked about this when applying for a visa.

University accommodation

You will be invited to choose a booking slot for your arrival. These booking slots will be accessible via your student portal once you have completed your online induction. We will be there to give you access to your accommodation. See further information about arriving at University accommodation.

Private accommodation

If you're moving into private accommodation, you should contact your landlord to make arrangements for a safe stay.

 

Provide your journey and contact details

You need to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to Scotland by completing the UK Government Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before you arrive.

You must have organised where you are going to be staying for at least the first 10 days, before you travel.

Manage your money

You cannot leave your accommodation when you are in quarantine. You need to make a plan so you have money to buy essential goods and services online, like groceries, takeaway foods and other deliveries. Make sure you have a credit card, debit or prepaid debit card, with sufficient funds to see you through your first few weeks. 

If you experience financial difficulty

The current situation can cause financial pressures for students. For information on ways the University can help you check out the money support page, or contact the Money Advice team by emailing ask@stir.ac.uk.

If you are worried about paying your rent you can contact the accommodation team by emailing accommodation@stir.ac.uk to discuss and review your payment plan.

Make a self-isolation plan

Before travelling to the University of Stirling, you must have adequate proof that you will be able to self-isolate for 10 days, away from vulnerable people, and with access to the necessities of life. This may be asked for during the visa application process.