eGates

There are eGates in place to enable quicker entry into the UK at the border, you should only use them if you are eligible. You'll find all the details on this page.

What are eGates?

eGates are an automated self-service border gate option that eligible travellers can use at 15 UK entry points.

They are a quicker and easier way to cross the border, but you should only use them if you are eligible.

The 15 entry points include 13 UK airports: Birmingham, East Midlands, London City, Luton, Stansted, Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff and Gatwick.

They can also be used at Eurostar terminals in Brussels (Midi/Zuid) and Paris (Gare du Nord).

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'How to' guide to using eGates

Can I use them?

You're eligible to use eGates if you're a national from:

  • the EU
  • EEA countries including Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland
  • Australia
  • Canada,
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United States of America

This video explains who can use the e-gates and how to use them.

Do not use eGates if....

Please DO NOT USE the eGates if:

  • you are a short-term student (studying no more than 6 months)
  • you're travelling with dependents under 12.

Checking my eligibility to use eGates

Please read the correct information below for your situation.

If you're still unsure please contact us and we'll be happy to advise.

  • I will be studying for more than 6 months...

    To use eGates, you must:

    • be studying for more than 6 months; or
    • already have an entry clearance visa; and
    • have a biometric passport.

    You're eligible to use eGates if you're a national from:

    • the EU
    • EEA countries including Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland
    • Australia
    • Canada,
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Singapore
    • South Korea
    • United States of America

    Do not use eGates if you are travelling with dependents under 12.

    Keep evidence of your travel to the UK

    It is very important that you keep evidence of your travel to the UK because you will not receive a stamp in your passport.

    This could be a boarding card, ticket or booking confirmation.

    The evidence should include your name / passport number and photocopies or screenshots of these documents are acceptable.

    You must present these documents when you enrol at NTU and to your accommodation provider.

    Enrolling at NTU

    You'll need to  bring the following documents to enrolment:

    • evidence of entry to the UK – this could be a boarding card, ticket, or booking confirmation
    • your passport
    • your visa decision letter
    • your entry clearance visa

    Visit Starting at NTU for more information about enrolment.

    Visit GOV.UK  for more information about eGates.

  • I will be studying for less than 6 months

    PLEASE DO NOT USE THE E-GATES.

    Instead, you'll need to speak to an immigration officer for a stamp in your passport, asking for a 'short terrm student visa'.

    What to do if you use the eGates by mistake

    If you accidentally use an eGate but need a visa stamp, here's what to do:

    • if you're still in the airport, go back to immigration and explain that you’re a short-term student and need a visa stamp in your passport;
    • if you've already left the airport you'll need to speak to us for advice as soon as you can. This is very important because you'll need to show a visa stamp to be able to enrol at the University. Contact Academic Registry on +44 (0)115 848 4648 or REG.Int.Records@ntu.ac.uk or International Student Support on +44 (0)115 848 2631 or int.support@ntu.ac.uk.

    Enrolling at NTU


    Please bring the following documents to enrolment:

    • your passport
    • your 'short term student visa' that you received from the Immigration Officer

    Visit Starting at NTU for more information about enrolment.

    Visit GOV.UK  for more information about eGates.

Travelling to the UK through Ireland

If you will be travelling to the UK via Ireland you will not pass through UK immigration control. You are therefore advised to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK, even if you are a non visa national.

  • Students travelling to the UK via Ireland with entry clearance

    If you arrive in the UK via Ireland and obtained a Tier 4/short term student visa before travelling, your UK visa will not be date stamped on arrival. It is therefore important that you keep evidence of your date of arrival (flight ticket, booking confirmation or boarding pass for your travel from Ireland to the UK) as this will be required to complete your enrolment.

    To complete enrolment we will need to see:

    • Your passport;
    • Your visa; and
    • Your flight ticket, booking confirmation or boarding pass for your travel from Ireland to the UK

  • Students traveling to the UK via Ireland without entry clearance (non visa nationals)

    If you are a non visa national and arrive in the UK via Ireland without a valid UK visa, you will automatically have permission to be in the UK for 3 months from when you arrive in the UK. This permission allows you to study for up to 3 months from the date of your arrival in the UK. To complete enrolment we will need to see:

    • Your passport
    • Your flight ticket, booking confirmation or boarding pass for your travel from Ireland to the UK

    If your course of study is for more than 3 months and you arrive in the UK without entry clearance, you will need to leave the UK and re-enter, without travelling through Ireland, so you can get a short-term study stamp.

    To complete enrolment we will need to see:

    • Your passport;
    • Your visa; and
    • Your flight ticket, booking confirmation or boarding pass for your travel from Ireland to the UK

Still need help?

International Development Office
44 + (0) 115 848 8175