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

Changes for fully vaccinated travellers and those under 18:

  • You no longer need to take a pre-departure test before travelling to Scotland from abroad or self-isolate when you arrive.
  • From 4am on Sunday 9 January, you can choose to take a day 2 lateral flow test after you arrive in Scotland rather than a day 2 PCR test. You can book your day 2 lateral flow test now. If you need to take a day 2 test before 4am on Sunday 9 January, you'll need to take a PCR test.

Check your own government’s rules about travelling abroad and returning home before booking travel.

Visit international travel and 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.

Get a record of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status

Your vaccination status is a record of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've received in Scotland or the Common Travel Area (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland).

You can request a vaccine status if you're aged 12 and over. Those under the age of 12 will not be eligible for a vaccine status.

You may be asked to provide your status when you're travelling abroad or attending certain venues or events.

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

Travelling by

  • Plane: Partnered with Edinburgh Airport for the #LetsFlySafe campaign to ensure the safety of students travelling across borders. More details on getting from Edinburgh Airport to campus will be shared here soon.
  • Bus: Buses to the Edinburgh campus will continue and increase their services; dropping you direct from the city to main reception in 20 minutes.
  • Bike: A cycling friendly campus with Bike Bothy to rent bikes, bike shelters to look after your own, Just Eat Cycle hire points and networks to cycle from city centre without using the main road.
  • Other: All Transportation in the Edinburgh, Galashiels and Orkney area, including Trains, Taxis and Trams have increased their services in line with travel safety guidelines. 

Face coverings travelling to and from Campus

The University follows the Scottish Government Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings.  A face covering must be worn by all passengers and staff or operators.

You must wear a face covering before travelling by any means of transport and must keep it on until you leave unless an exemption applies to you.

Travelling by bus to and from our Edinburgh campus

Updated details of Lothian bus services and timetables. This includes all information for Heriot-Watt services 25, 34, 35, 45 & N25. A pdf map details the revised routes for services 35 and 45 through the campus.

Visit Lothian Buses Student Portal for further information. 

The 63 service has transferred to First, and is extended to Balerno. First have published the timetable on their website.

Student Travel with LNER 

To keep everyone safe and help students return home should they wish to do so, LNER would like to remind those planning on using our services that:

  • You must have a reservation. If your ticket does not have a seat reservation, you must secure one before boarding an LNER service. To make a reservation visit
  • You must wear a face covering. These must be worn onboard all LNER services and at stations unless you are exempt. Otherwise you could be fined £200
  • You should limit your luggage. Only bring what you can carry as there is limited space onboard, and due to social distancing requirements, our staff members may not be able to assist you on and off the train
  • You cannot drink alcohol onboard. At present we are running an alcohol-free train policy, which means that alcohol is currently not allowed onboard any LNER services

For more information if you're taking the train to go to or come home from university visit -

Travelling to our Orkney campus

For applicants who have an unconditional firm offer and are planning on travelling to Orkney for postgraduate study, you may find the following links helpful in assisting you with your travel arrangements as you plan your journey. 

As well as following the latest advice and guidance from the Scottish Government, we’re asking people to take rapid Lateral Flow tests before they travel to Orkney.  More information here

Please note that Northlink operate a service from Aberdeen-Kirkwall (a 6 hour crossing) and another route from Scrabster in Thurso to Stromness (90 minute crossing). It is important that you book in advance and adhere to the Coronavirus guidelines stated on the Northlink website

Additionally, there are regular flights leaving Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen which fly direct to Kirkwall in Orkney. Please check out these links for further information:

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