Travel to campus and COVID-19

There are some extra things to consider when travelling to campus because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Read the latest guidance about travelling to Scotland and getting to Stirling.

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

A traffic light system has been introduced for international travel. 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. When you arrive in Scotland from abroad what you must do depends on:

  • where you’ve been in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland
  • whether the country or area you’ve travelled from is on the red, amber or green list

If you are travelling into Scotland from a country on the Scottish Government red list, there is a requirement for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £1750.

Please note, however, that we are currently working closely with the Scottish Government to explore the possibility of the University of Stirling being authorised to host students from red listed countries in our own University accommodation as part of the managed quarantine scheme. This means that on arrival into Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, students would be transported directly to Stirling rather than having to go to a government-managed hotel and you would be fully supported by University staff in our accommodation during your 10-day (11 nights) quarantine period.  

We hope this new scheme will be approved in the next couple of weeks and we will share more information as soon as possible, including costs. We expect that the costs will be substantially less than those charged at the government managed quarantine hotels. If you are an international student travelling from a red listed country and are interested in being supported in University-managed accommodation for your quarantine period, please complete this form as soon as possible.

You can only travel to the UK from a “red list” country if you’re a British national or you have residence rights. People with residence rights include those travelling to the UK on a valid Student Route visa. Further details are available on the Scottish Government website

Traveling abroad for leisure and holidays remains discouraged.

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. Find out more about pre-departure testing requirements.

Quarantine for students arriving from outside the UK

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 and managed isolation (quarantine).

Documenting your quarantine period

Before you arrive in the UK, you will need to submit the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.

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 travel and public transport guidance

Transport Scotland has issued advice on how to travel safely in and around Scotland. You should follow their guidance for your own safety and the safety of others.

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 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.