Ready for your safe arrival

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From the moment you leave home, to settling into your new accommodation, our Onboarding, Accommodation, Res Life and SafeGuarding teams are here to help guide and support you; whatever your circumstances and wherever in the world you are travelling from. Keep an eye out on this page for more updates on arrivals, where we will keep you updated with the very latest information on arriving to campus, whether you are joining us locally or from overseas.

Student Quarantine on arrival

Quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering Scotland.

At 4am on Tuesday 8 June, some countries are changing position on the red/amber/green list for international travel.

If you arrive back in Scotland from one of the affected countries on or after 4am on Tuesday 8 June, you must follow the new rules. 

Visit international travel and managed isolation (quarantine) for more information 

If you are a student and have further questions or need advice please raise these with your Academic Supervisor in the first instance. Similarly, if you are a member of staff, questions should be raised with your Line Manager.

Latest Government guidance

The Government has published further information and FAQ’s for students.

Before you travel you must undertake a valid Covid-19 test no more than three days before departure to the UK and present a certified negative result in order to board the plane

The Scottish Government has also announced that they are restricting travel further with the introduction, of managed quarantine for all international travellers; there are ​currently no specific exemptions for student travellers within the regulations and guidance. 

If you arrive in Scotland from a red list country, you’ll need to quarantine at a hotel in Scotland for 10 days (11 nights) as soon as you arrive. Details published by the Government here and booking of the hotel quarantine will be through the UK portal

There are strict penalties for anyone failing to comply with the UK and Scottish Government restrictions and it is important that you fully understand these before travelling. 

Students and other passengers arriving elsewhere in the Common Travel Area from countries not on the UK red list and travelling onto Scotland are not required to go to a quarantine hotel.  They will be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Scotland.  This is being kept under review.  We will provide further details of the quarantine scheme generally as soon as this is available.  If they arrive from a red list country into England, Wales or NI then they will need to go to a quarantine hotel in one of those countries and only be allowed to travel on to Scotland after they have done so.

Further information regarding the current restrictions within Scotland, can be found on the Scottish Government’s website which is updated regularly. The Scottish Government has announced that they will be setting up a welfare fund for those who cannot meet the cost of the managed quarantine, details will be published on their website.

Financial support is available to eligible students through the Student Hardship Funds.

Edinburgh Airport

We are partnered with Edinburgh Airport and through the #LetsFlySafe campaign, will be able to help get you to campus safely from the moment you touch down. For more information on travelling to campus, see Ready for travelling safe.


Become a part of the community and meet academic staff and your peers on campus and/or online, from the word go. Log in to Canvas for induction materials and sessions.

Arrivals from countries not 'green listed'

For those arriving from countries that are not green listed by the UK, there will be accommodation blocks dedicated to students who need to self-isolate for 10 days, with a starter food pack and PPE pack provided. Please ensure you let the accommodation know your arrival date and time so they can prepare.

Arrivals from 'green listed' countries

Students moving into accommodation from Home, RUK and other countries on the green list: Please book your arrival slot on Eventbrite and follow the guidelines. There will be one helper per student and a one hour slot for each student to move in. Key collection will be at the main reception between 08:00 and 20:00.

For anyone arriving out with 08:00 and 20:00, you can book into a hotel for one night and move onto campus the following day – this includes students from non green list countries. These arrangements are in place to allow us to safely manage your arrivals and move in, so please work with us to ensure your safety, and the safety of others.

Drop in and Appointment Sessions with Visa and International Support

Peter Scott also be available for virtual appointments throughout the 10 days of self-isolation if students have any questions or even just need to have a chat during this period.

Appointment and drop-in sessions initially on a virtual basis will also be available on a weekly basis throughout the academic year, please check the International pages for details.

Test and protect

Help prevent the spread of coronavirus by getting tested if you have symptoms. Read the latest Scottish Government guidelines. Further guidance on testing on campus will be provided in due course, so keep an eye on this page for more updates.

We look forward to seeing you next semester! Stay safe, and don’t forget we are here to support you, every step of the way.