International Students Covid-19 FAQs

Here you'll find all the information you need about what to do if you're an international student studying at Edinburgh Napier for the 2021/22 academic year.

 
 

Do I need to come to Edinburgh to study my course?

It's important that you travel to Scotland to take part in your learning with us. You will be able to get vaccinated when you arrive, and we have safety measures in place to make learning with us as safe as possible.

All students are expected to be in Edinburgh for the start of the trimester so that you are ready and able to make the most of your studies with us. You will have face-to-face classes that you are expected to attend, which will not be replicated online.

Will I need to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival into the UK?

Arriving into Scotland

There is currently a red, amber and green traffic light system for people travelling into Scotland. Depending on where you are travelling from will determine when and how you may have to quarantine or self-isolate on arrival.

See the full list of red, amber and green countries, and the steps you must follow when travelling to Scotland.

Please note that countries may move between the red, amber and green categories so make sure to keep checking before you travel so you know what rules to follow when you arrive.

Arriving from a green list country

If you are arriving from a green list country, there is no self-isolation or quarantine required in most cases, but there are steps you need to follow. This includes:

Arriving from an amber list country

If you are travelling from or through an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you may need to self-isolate in your own accommodation for 10 days upon arrival. Different rules apply depending on whether or not you have been fully vaccinated, and where you have been vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that you've had your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine through approved sources at least 14 days before you arrive in Scotland.

If you are arriving from the USA, an EU member state (excluding France), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City and have been fully vaccinated in one of those countries, you will not have to self-isolate, but there are still steps you need to follow. This includes:

If you are travelling from another amber list country or if you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate and follow the amber list self-isolation rules. This includes self-isolating in your own accommodation for 10 days upon arrival, taking a Covid-19 test before travelling, and booking and paying for two Covid-19 tests once you arrive in Scotland. If you are staying in University accommodation, visit our Student Accommodation International Arrivals page for more information on what support we can offer.

Arriving from a red list country

If you are travelling from or through a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you will be required to book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel. The cost is £1,750 for a single person and includes 10 days (11 nights) hotel stay, food and beverages, transfers and two Covid-19 tests. You will also need to take a Covid-19 test prior to travelling.

You must quarantine in the hotel you’ve booked. If you test positive for Covid-19 while in quarantine, you may need to quarantine for longer.

You can apply for a deferred payment plan if you are facing emergency financial hardship and are unable to pay for your quarantine immediately. You can do this by clicking on the link at the bottom of the quarantine hotel booking page.

Arriving into England

If you are travelling into England before arriving in Scotland, you will need to follow the current guidance on travelling to England from another country. There is a similar red, amber and green traffic light system in place and similar testing requirements you will need to undertake.

What support will there be for me if I have to self-isolate on arrival?

Please visit our Student Accommodation International Arrivals page for information on what you need to do and what support we can offer you if you are required to quarantine on your arrival.

Can I get a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK?

The Scottish Government has confirmed that you will be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine on arrival in Scotland. When you arrive in Edinburgh, it is important that you register with a doctor as soon as possible. You can find out the latest information for international students on the Scottish Government website. We expect this information to be updated so please check back regularly.