Travel to campus and COVID-19

There are some extra things to consider when travelling to campus because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Read the latest guidance about travelling to Scotland and getting to Stirling.

COVID-19 update – heightened restrictions

In response to the new, highly transmissible strain of the COVID-19 virus, the Scottish Government has announced new restrictions. These are intended to reduce the movement and interaction of people as much as possible. This has implications for those planning to travel to campus. This is only allowed under exceptional circumstances until restrictions are eased. 

Restrictions summary – 18 January 2021

  • Everyone should study and work from home unless this is not possible. 
  • Those in the shielding category should not come to campus at all.
  • Those who are clinically vulnerable (though not on the shielding list) must complete a risk assessment before travelling to campus. Contact your dean/director to make these arrangements.
  • All teaching will be online until at least the end of February and likely into March. There are a small number of limited exceptions where critical teaching/placement cannot be completed online. 
  • Students should remain in their current households until restrictions are lifted, or in the very few exceptional circumstances where there is face-to-face teaching/placements or there is a serious wellbeing concern.
  • This semester can be completed fully online from home. 
  • Students whose international travel arrangements cannot be changed/delayed are permitted to return.
  • You must have a negative test 72-hours prior to departure. Find out more about the types of test permitted and test providers.
  • Travel corridors have been suspended. This means all international arrivals must quarantine (self-isolate) on arrival for 10 days, regardless of proof of a negative pre-departure test.

You can find more information about the University's response to the restrictions on our regularly-updated Coronavirus page

International arrivals

The Scottish Government website provides up-to-date guidance on the process for people entering the UK, including steps you should take before you travel and access to forms you will need to fill out.

Please also make sure that you keep up-to-date with local travel restrictions in your own country that may affect your travel plans.

Pre-departure testing for entry to Scotland

Passengers travelling to Scotland from abroad will be required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. This should be a PCR or another highly reliable test. This does not substitute or replace travel restrictions or the need to quarantine. Those coming from countries not on the quarantine exemption list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. 

Quarantine for students arriving from outside the UK

As of 18 January 2021, all travel corridors are suspended. This means if you are travelling to the United Kingdom from another country, you will need to self-isolate (quarantine). This is a period of self-isolation for ten days, regardless of which country you departed from and is an additional requirement on top of a negative pre-departure test. If you're living in university-managed accommodation for the year, your quarantine period will be free of charge as long as you arrive ten days before the course start date. 

Information on quarantine rules and what you can expect from Accommodation Services will be given to you in advance.

Support for students in quarantine

If you are living in university accommodation, we will provide you with a care package for your quarantine period. This will include extra bedlinen (as you won't be able to use the laundry during quarantine), a kitchen starter pack, and information on food deliveries.

Documenting your quarantine period

Before you arrive in the UK, you will need to submit the Public Health Passenger Locator Form. This includes details of the address you will quarantine at. This can be your University of Stirling accommodation address, which you will be supplied before you travel.

Police Registration

International students who need to register with Police Scotland won’t be penalised if you don’t register at a police station within seven days upon arrival to the UK if you are required to self-isolate. Please refer to the pages on this website for further information and updates on current arrangements.

Collecting your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)

UK Visas and Immigration have confirmed that the Post Office will hold onto your BRP for a longer period due to Covid-19 and that students required to self-isolate should follow the isolation period first. You should only attempt collection of the BRP once you have completed the self-isolation period.

General public transport guidance

Transport Scotland has issued guidelines on travel to promote your safety and the safety of others when using public transport in Scotland.

Make travel arrangements

If you develop coronavirus symptoms while travelling to Stirling, 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.

Travel in and around Stirling

The University campus is served by a number of transport links and service providers. Below you’ll find links to the latest information from these providers and general guidance from Transport Scotland about the latest procedures in place when using public transport in Scotland.

By bus

Multiple bus routes and providers serve the University campus. You can find information on each provider's website about restrictions or specific guidelines that are in place on their services. Typical examples include the preferred use of contactless payment and social distancing measures for seating.

By bike

Our campus is a hub for the Nextbike and Forthbike bicycle sharing schemes. Both services are still operating in Stirling. The Forth Environment Link and Next Bike websites include guidance about safe use of their bicycles at this time.

Getting here by air

If part of your journey to Stirling involves flying, you should familiarise yourself with any restrictions your airline have put in place. You should also check the latest information from your departure and arrival airports.

For general information on flying, and getting to campus from the airport, see our getting here by air advice. 

Travelling by car

Staff or students that need to travel to campus by car should avoid sharing in a vehicle with people who are not members of your household or extended household as much as possible. See the Scottish Governments guidelines on travelling safely and car sharing.