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.

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.

COVID-19 restrictions

All of mainland Scotland is under level 4 restrictions. Staff and students should continue to follow the latest public health and University guidance. 

Current restrictions

  • This semester can be completed online from home.
  • Students who have not yet returned to term-time accommodation should remain in their current household until Government restrictions are eased
  • 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.
  • Students whose international travel arrangements cannot be changed/delayed are permitted to return.
  • If, for essential purposes, you must return 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.
  • All international arrivals must quarantine (self-isolate) 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. 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 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.

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 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.