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Arriving in the UK

You'll find advice on what to do when you arrive in the UK on this page, including at immigration control at the airport.

Airport arrivals

Arriving in the UK

There is a traffic light system in place by the UK government for entering the UK from red, amber and green list countries. Please read this guidance carefully before you travel.

All students travelling to the UK will be required to:

When arriving in the UK you'll be required to show your passport or identity card. You'll also need to show proof that you have completed a passenger locator form that holds information about your journey and final destination in the UK and any relevant test results.

Here is some advice from Heathrow on procedure at immigration control.

Going through Immigration Control

From 1 January 2021, the ‘blue channel’ (previously used for arrivals from EEA countries) will close. All passengers arriving from the EU will be required to make a customs declaration by selecting the green channel (nothing to declare) or the red channel (goods to declare) as rest of the world passengers do now.

EU citizens are able to use eGates if travelling on a biometric passport.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA can use eGates.

For more information and advice please visit the UK Government website.


Your immigration documents

You should be prepared and bring the following immigration documents that you'll be asked to present:

  • your CAS statement email
  • your visa decision letter
  • your NTU confirmation email, which you'll receive when you've met all your offer conditions
  • details of your accommodation in the UK, including your full address.

You must bring printed copies of these documents. Do not rely on electronic copies.

Travelling to Nottingham

Once you have passed through immigration control and collected your luggage you'll be ready to travel to Nottingham. Check our travel advice to plan your journey from any of the UK's major airports to Nottingham.

Travelling to the UK through Ireland

If you will be travelling to the UK via Ireland you will not pass through UK immigration control.

Make sure you keep evidence of your travel to the UK as you 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.

There is further information on the UKCISA website about travelling to the UK via Ireland.

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International Development Office
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