Last updated: 2 April 2020
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.
If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:
- contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
- get in touch with your insurance provider
- continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance
The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19. This advice remains in place. Check FCO travel advice pages for the latest 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.
Can I travel on University business for study or work?
What should I do if I am planning to travel for holidays or leisure?
I am not a UK national. Do I still have to follow FCO guidance?
All Heriot-Watt students and staff must adhere to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance at all times which currently recommends against all travel at this time. Non-UK nationals must also follow the advice of their home-governments should that differ from the UK Government advice.
What do I do if I begin to feel unwell while travelling?
All travellers must download the SafeZone app and can use this to request assistance. The University’s insurer and medical assistance helpline is available 24/7 on +44 (0)1489 868 888 where you should quote policy number 711483418.