Travel

Information for those travelling to study at Abertay.

From 4 October, the traffic light system for international travel will be simplified and only a red list will remain for countries with high case numbers and variants of concern. Visit the Scottish Government website for the latest information.

Coming to Dundee from overseas

Students travelling to Dundee from overseas should be aware of the international travel rules for Scotland and the UK . Rules around testing and managed isolation (quarantine) differ from country to country in line with the Scottish Government Red, Amber and Green system. 

Information for students travelling from a red list country

Everyone arriving into UK airports from red list countries must:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • take an approved Covid-19 test before travelling
  • Book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel using this link. The maximum cost for a single person is £2285 and includes 10 full days (11 nights) food, drinks, and two Covid tests. Abertay University will fully reimburse you for these costs - please complete this form before 31 October to apply for reimbursement.

Once you have completed your period of quarantine, you are free to make your own way to Dundee. 

International undergraduate students should aim to arrive in Scotland no later than 10 September to ensure any period of quarantine is completed before the beginning of term.

Information for students travelling from an amber list country (until 4 October)

Under current Scottish Government guidelines, anyone travelling from an amber list country must:

On arrival in Scotland, you must:

  • self-isolate at your term-time address for 10 days

You do not need to self-isolate if you have received both doses of an approved Covid vaccine from one of the following countries, at least 14 days before your arrival:

  • EU member states
  • the UK (including as part of UK vaccine rollout overseas)
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)
  • Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City
  • USA
  • Canada* 
  • Australia*
  • Israel*
  • New Zealand*
  • Singapore*
  • Japan*

*from 4 Oct

However, before departure, you must:

International students who aren’t fully vaccinated upon arrival in Scotland will be offered a vaccination in Term 1. 

Financial support for students who are required to self-isolate

To allow students to safely self-isolate, we will:

  • Reimburse the cost of private taxi fares to Dundee up to £75. This is to ensure you avoid the use of public transport and can get to Dundee as quickly as possible to begin your self-isolation period. Road transport to Dundee from Edinburgh will be around 75 minutes and up to 120 minutes from Glasgow. We would recommend not using city black cabs as these can be very expensive. To reclaim your transfer costs, you will need to complete online registration (opens w/c 30 Aug) and provide evidence that you’ve travelled from an amber list country, along with any receipts. Please complete this form to apply for reimbursement.
  • Allow those self-isolating in our halls of residence to do so free-of-charge for 10 days. We will also provide food vouchers, welfare checks and any other supplies or information you require.

Please note, we will no longer be offering an Abertay shuttle service, as previously communicated.

Travelling within the United Kingdom

Prior to departure, all students are requested to:

Students are permitted to access PCR tests, free-of-charge, via the UK Government website. 

When booking a test, select "I’ve been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional" when asked why you are arranging the test. 

Alternatively, LFD self-tests can be used ahead of travel within the UK. Find out how to access these at Covid Testing and Vaccination.

If any test produces a positive result, students will be expected to avoid travelling or attending campus and to follow the latest guidance in relation to self-isolation.

Travel FAQs

What do I need to do before travelling to Dundee?

Prior to departure, all students are requested to:

  • take a PCR Covid test no more than 48 hours before travelling;
  • take two Covid tests within five days of arriving in Dundee;

Students are permitted to access these tests, free-of-charge, via the UK Government website. 

When booking a test, select "I’ve been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional" when asked why you are arranging the test. 

If any test produces a positive result, students will be expected to avoid travelling or attending campus and to follow the latest guidance in relation to self-isolation.

I’m coming from a red list country. Do I need to quarantine?

Students are subject to the same travel regulations and guidance as other international arrivals in Scotland. Currently, anyone travelling from or through a country on the red list within 10 days of arriving in Scotland must: 

To reclaim quarantine payments from the University, you will need to:

  • Complete online registration (opens w/c 30 Aug) and pay your tuition fees;
  • Apply for reimbursement before 31 October using this form.
  • Provide evidence (receipt) of payment and proof of accommodation for the managed quarantine;
  • Provide confirmation of your flight details with your name clearly displayed on the travel documents. 

For further details on how to claim reimbursement, contact advisory@abertay.ac.uk.

Further advice on international travel and managed isolation can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Will the University provide financial support for quarantine costs?

Unfortunately, the University cannot pay the quarantine costs on behalf of international students. However, students can request a full reimbursement of quarantine costs, up to £2285, via our Advisory Service. 

To reclaim quarantine payments from the University, you will need to:

  • Complete online registration and pay your tuition fees
  • Apply for reimbursement before 31 October using this form.
  • Provide evidence (receipt) of payment and proof of accommodation for the managed quarantine;
  • Provide confirmation of your flight details with your name clearly displayed on the travel documents. 

Please note we are only able to fund costs of registered students and cannot support family members or other passengers travelling with you.

Abertay Students’ Association also offer financial support to Home and International students who are experiencing hardship due to Covid.  

AbertaySA Covid Hardship Fund 

Can I quarantine in university halls if I am coming from a red country?

Unfortunately, students will not be able to complete managed isolation within university or other term-time accommodation. 

I will not be travelling directly to Scotland. What should I be aware of?

If your journey includes a stop or changeover in a red or amber list country, you must follow the associated guidance pertaining to that country – including quarantine or self-isolation - upon arrival in Scotland. 

If you arrive in England from a red list country, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days before travelling onward to Scotland. 

UK Government information on managed isolation.

I am travelling from an amber list country. What do I need to do?

From 4 October, the traffic light system for international travel will be simplified to retain a list of red list countries only. 

Under current Scottish Government guidelines, anyone travelling from an amber list country must:

On arrival in Scotland, you must:

  • self-isolate at your term-time address for 10 days

You do not need to self-isolate if you have received both doses of an approved Covid vaccine from one of the following countries, at least 14 days before your arrival:

  • EU member states
  • the UK (including as part of UK vaccine rollout overseas)
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)
  • Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City
  • USA
  • Canada* 
  • Australia*
  • Israel*
  • New Zealand*
  • Singapore*
  • Japan*

*from 4 October

Before departure, you must:

What support is available for students who are self-isolating?

The University has put in a number of supportive measures for to assist students arriving from amber list countries who are required to self-isolate on arrival.

To allow students to safely self-isolate, we will:

  • Reimburse the cost of private taxi fares to Dundee up to £75. This is to ensure you avoid the use of public transport and can get to Dundee as quickly as possible to begin your self-isolation period. Road transport to Dundee from Edinburgh will be around 75 minutes and up to 120 minutes from Glasgow. We would recommend not using city black cabs as these can be very expensive. Please note, we will no longer be offering an Abertay shuttle service, as previously communicated. To reclaim your transfer costs, you will need to complete online registration (opens w/c 30 Aug) and provide evidence that you’ve travelled from an amber list country, along with any receipts. Please complete this form to apply for reimbursement.

  • Allow those self-isolating in our halls of residence to do so free-of-charge for 10 days. We will also provide food vouchers, welfare checks and any other supplies or information you require. Please note, due to capacity, that this is only available to eligible students who have booked a room in university accommodation. Our Residences Team will be in touch shortly with a comprehensive guide to staying in our halls and other important arrivals information but please contact them at residences@abertay.ac.uk if you have any other questions in the meantime.

  • The Advisory Service will deliver a programme of practical information sessions and online social activities. These will give you the chance to connect with other international students and gain tips on the practicalities of settling into your new environment, such as how to open a bank account or register with a doctor. Join the community and find out more on Microsoft Teams.

  • The Counselling and Mental Health Service will also be available to offer support for those experiencing homesickness, anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness and any other mental health difficulties. Reach out to them at counselling@abertay.ac.uk.

 

Abertay Student Support 24 hour helpline

For our-of-hours support, the University has a 24/7 helpline that can provide a range of support and advice, including counselling and mental health advice, drugs and alcohol support, legal information and financial guidance.

Call 0800 028 3766 or download the Health Assured app on Android or iOS

Am I required to get a Covid test when I arrive in Dundee?

The Scottish Government advises that everyone undergo rapid-result asymptomatic testing to minimise the spread of transmission amongst those who are not displaying any symptoms.

When you arrive in Dundee, we would strongly recommend you undertake two rapid-result PCR tests, no more than five days apart.

International students are required to undertake 1-2 approved Covid travel tests after arriving in Scotland. Further information is detailed above.

Further information on how to access testing can be found at Covid Testing and Vaccination.

If I am required to self-isolate, how can I access food and / or medicines?

If you are required to self-isolate, the University will be able to provide you with online food vouchers for a high street supermarket. You can then choose the food you require for delivery to your term time address.

Contact the Advisory Service for further details and support.

Will the University provide financial support for Covid travel tests?

The University is unable to pay for costs related to Covid travel tests, which all arrivals are required to take, however if you are experiencing any financial hardship, please contact advisory@abertay.ac.uk. 

Further information is available at Additional Financial Support.

I am still required to quarantine or self-isolate if I'm fully vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated EU and US students from amber list countries are not required to self-isolate. Those travelling from any other amber list country will still be required to follow the guidance on self-isolation at the time of travel.

Students travelling from red list countries, must follow the current rules regarding quarantine and self-isolation, unless you have received both vaccination doses from the NHS within the UK.

Please note that, from 4 October, only travellers from red list countries will be required to quarantine / self-isolate, unless fully vaccinated. More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Does the University provide pickup or shuttle services to Dundee?

Students travelling from amber list countries who are required to self-isolate are permitted to arrange a private taxi and claim back the costs (up to £75) from the University. Please complete this form to apply for reimbursement.

This is to ensure you avoid the use of public transport and can get to Dundee as quickly as possible to begin your self-isolation period. Road transport to Dundee from Edinburgh will be around 75 minutes and up to 120 minutes from Glasgow.

We would recommend not using city black cabs as these can be very expensive.

Students travelling from red list countries will be expected to arrange their own direct transfer, once they have completed managed isolation / quarantine.

The University doesn't provide a direct shuttle service due to the vast number of students travelling from different countries to different ports of arrival.

International undergraduate students must aim to arrive in Scotland no later than 10 September to ensure any quarantine / self-isolation is completed before the start of term.

I'm travelling to Scotland from within the UK. What do I need to do?

We strongly encourage all students to take up the opportunity to get vaccinated before coming to university.

To arrange an appointment or find your nearest drop-in vaccine clinic visit:

Also, prior to departure, all students are requested to:

  • take a PCR Covid test no later than 48 hours before travelling;
  • take two Covid tests within five days of arriving in Dundee;

Students are permitted to access these tests, free-of-charge, via the UK Government website. 

When booking a test, select "I’ve been told to get a test by my local council, health protection team or healthcare professional" when asked why you are arranging the test. 

If any test produces a positive result, students will be expected to avoid travelling or attending campus and to follow the latest guidance in relation to self-isolation.

 

I'm due to travel but have tested positive for Covid-19. What should I do?

If you are self-isolating as a result of having tested positive for Covid-19, please do not travel. Arrangements can be made for you to study online until it is safe for you to come to campus. Let us know by emailing sez@abertay.ac.uk. 

Do I have to get vaccinated before I come to Scotland?

It is not a requirement that international students are vaccinated in order to enter the UK to study but you are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated before you arrive, if possible.  

Upon arrival, if you are not yet fully vaccinated, you will be invited to register for your first or second dose through the Scottish Government vaccination programme. Further information will be shared ahead of the new academic year however, in the meantime, please visit New to Dundee? for advice on registering with a GP.

Travelling within the UK?

Students travelling within the UK can arrange an appointment or find your nearest drop-in vaccine clinic at:

 

Are there any other vaccinations I need to get?

There is no certified requirement for vaccinations before starting University however students are recommended to check they are up-to-date with routine inoculations, including Meningitis and MMR.

Visit NHS Inform for more information.

Are international students eligible for Covid vaccines in Scotland?

Yes, the Scottish Government has confirmed that international students will be included in the vaccination programme, provided they are not already fully vaccinated. Information on how to register for your first or second dose - and any boosters -  will be shared regularly with students.

Abertay vaccine pop-up - Tues 21 and Wed 22 Sept

A pop-up vaccination station, organised by NHS Tayside, will be located on the Ground Floor of Abertay Library on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September, from 11am to 5pm. Members of the Abertay and Dundee university communities who are eligible for a first dose or second dose can head along over the two days to get vaccinated, no appointments required. LFD testing kits will also be available to collect from the pop-up.

The station will move to DUSA (The Union) at the University of Dundee on 23 and 24 September and will remain open to Abertay students and staff.

 

Where can I find information on visas and immigration?

As a result of Brexit, there have been some changes to UK immigration arrangements. 

Find out more at: Information for current students and Visa information for New Students.

Who are the University’s international recruitment contacts?

 

I am travelling to Scotland from a green list country. What do I need to do?

From 4 October, the traffic light system for international travel will be simplified to retain a list of red list countries only. 

Before travelling to Scotland, you must: 

  • Complete a passenger locator form 
  • Take a Covid-19 test before travel
  • Book and pay £68 for a Covid travel test 

The Covid travel test must be taken on day 2 after arrival. If you test negative, you will not be required to self-isolate.  

Further advice on international travel and self-isolation can be found at.

Please note that Scotland’s red, amber and green travel lists are frequently reviewed and are subject to change. Students must follow any guidance that’s in place at the time of travel.