COVID-19 update

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13 August 2021: University of Stirling managed isolation accommodation

Dear Student,

With the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland, we are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the new academic year.

We understand that planning international travel and isolation arrangements under the current circumstances is time consuming and costly. I am getting in touch with welcome news for all our students travelling from Red, Amber and Green listed countries that will help to alleviate some of those challenges and allow us to ensure that your health, safety, wellbeing and comfort are fully considered and supported as soon as you arrive in Scotland.

You can check whether the country you are travelling from has Red, Amber or Green status – and access the latest guidance and requirements – by visiting the Scottish Government’s international travel and managed isolation (quarantine) webpages.

Travelling from Red List countries: Free managed isolation in university accommodation

Any international student from a country categorised under the Scottish Government’s Red List, is required to enter managed isolation for 10 days (11 nights) on arrival and take two COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on days two and eight of managed isolation. The government’s managed quarantine hotel scheme cost is rising to £2,285 (pounds sterling), however, following successful discussions with the Scottish Government, we have now received approval to support isolating students from Red List countries, who arrive into Glasgow or Edinburgh International Airports, in our own university accommodation.

Furthermore, the University will cover the costs for the on-campus managed isolation accommodation for 11 nights for any student beginning or returning to their studies in September 2021. The free managed isolation package includes your two PCR tests, meals and refreshments, and airport transfers from Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports at no charge. Should students test positive for COVID-19 during their managed isolation period and are, therefore, required to extend their stay, they will not be charged an additional fee.

You will be met at the airport by our staff and transferred directly to university accommodation. You will stay in one of our newest accommodation buildings and benefit from en suite facilities, meals and refreshments delivered to your room, and support from student ambassadors. You will also be able to spend some time outdoors each day, in a designated area.

Important information

Please check the Scottish Government’s website, which includes details of Red List countries and the measures you must take before travelling and on arrival. At the time of writing, in addition to the quarantine and testing detailed above, those arriving from Red List countries are also required to complete an online passenger locator form and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken three days prior to travelling.

To be eligible for University of Stirling managed isolation, which will open on Monday 16 August, you must fly into either Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports. Please note: anyone flying into any other UK airport will be required to undergo managed isolation at a government-run quarantine hotel, at a cost of £2,285. If you cannot fly directly to Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, it may be possible to transit through another country if that country permits this – but it is important that you are fully aware of the rules in place in that country at the time of your travel.

All students travelling to the University from a Red List country, via Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports, will receive a phone call prior to their departure with further details on how the managed isolation will operate – including information on airport arrivals, COVID-19 vaccination and testing, and accommodation and meal provision at Stirling.

For more information, please visit our managed isolation webpages.

Students travelling from an Amber List country

If you are travelling from (or through) an Amber List country in the 10 days prior to arrival in Scotland, you will need to self-isolate in your own accommodation, unless you have been fully vaccinated in the UK. It has also been announced that fully vaccinated people from the EU and United States can now travel to Scotland without self-isolating.

We’re also very pleased to confirm that if you are staying in university-managed accommodation for the coming academic year, and you choose to arrive prior to the course start date to begin your self-isolation, you will not be charged for this period.

Undergraduate students can book an early arrival timeslot from Saturday 28 August through to Sunday 19 September. Postgraduate students can also book an arrival slot from Monday 13 September through to Sunday 3 October.

Please try to arrive before Monday 6 September to allow you to complete your self-isolation prior to the start of the semester.

Students arriving from the UK or a Green List country

Undergraduate students will be able to book an arrival timeslot at your university accommodation from Saturday 4 September through to Sunday 19 September, and postgraduate students will be able to book a slot from Monday 20 September to Sunday 3 October. Please do not book an earlier timeslot as these early arrivals are required for students travelling from Amber List countries who need to self-isolate.

Vaccinations for international students

I am also pleased to advise that you can be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the University of Stirling. Working with our public health partners, we have opened a vaccination centre on our University campus – and vaccines are available to international students, including those who are not yet registered with a doctor. For more information, please visit our vaccination centre webpages.

Warm welcome

I hope that this information helps you to finalise plans for your travel to Scotland. Our team here at the University is looking forward to giving you a warm Stirling welcome and, in the meantime, are available should you have any questions or require support, via email:

Best wishes

Eileen Schofield
University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
COVID Response Lead

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