It is the advice of the University that you stay at home and delay any travel until you are told by us that in-person teaching is due to resume on your course. If you do however decide to travel please be aware of the guidance in place.
Arriving into Scotland
The Scottish Government has announced that, as of Monday 15 February 2021, ALL arrivals from international flights (not only those from high risk countries as per the policy in England) will be subject to compulsory quarantine in hotels at individual’s cost for 10 days (11 nights in total I believe) at a cost of £1,750 for an individual travelling alone. This includes arrivals from the Republic of Ireland who have been in an acute risk country (a 'red list' country) in the 10 days before your arrival.
There is also a requirement to take two Covid-19 tests during your quarantine in addition to the test take pre-departure. The Scottish Government has booked 6 hotels, near the airports to facilitate this.
Individuals will be tested on days 2 and 8 of the quarantine.
Arriving into England
The UK Government has announced updates on compulsory quarantine in hotels for people coming to the UK who have been in high risk countries in the last 10 days – see details below.
Coming into force Monday 15 February 2021:
- Hotel quarantine for UK and Irish residents who have been in red list (see below) countries in the last 10 days. Any returning residents from these countries will have to quarantine in an assigned hotel room for 10 days from the time of arrival. They will be charged fees - equivalent to £1,750 for an individual travelling alone - which includes 10-days accommodation, testing and transport.
- Passengers will only be able to enter the UK through a small number of ports that currently account for the vast majority of passenger arrivals. When they arrive, they will be escorted to a designated hotel which will be closed to guests who aren’t quarantining, for 10 days or for longer if they test positive for Covid-19 during their stay.
- All other international arrivals must book two PCR tests ahead of travel to take during their quarantine at home.
- A new regime of penalties will toughen enforcement: Up to £2,000 fines for failing to take a booked test, up to £10,000 for avoiding hotel quarantine; and up to 10 years in prison for lying on passenger locator forms.
- If you arrive in England from a non ‘red list’ country you MUST self-isolate for a period of 10 days in your accommodation stated on the passenger locator form you complete prior to arrival.
- If travelling to Scotland after you have self-isolated in England, you should NOT use public transport (bus, rail, air) to do so – private car is recommended.
- If travelling immediately to Scotland (on same day as your arrive in England) you will be required to self-isolate in Scotland in your own accommodation.
High Risk countries (red list):
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guiana
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
- South Africa