Arrival in the UK

The following advice is to help ensure your smooth arrival in the UK. In order to get through the UK border as securely and quickly as possible please be aware of the following:

  • Carry your UK accommodation details in your hand luggage. This information will be required when you complete your landing card on arrival in the UK. 
  • Complete your landing card before you meet the Border Force officer in the UK. Landing cards are usually handed out on the aircraft before you arrive in the UK.
  • Have your passport ready and remove it from any protective wallet before you present it to a Border Force officer.
  • Never give false or misleading information, including forged or counterfeit documents, to a Border Force officer.
  • You are going to be studying a course taught in English, Border Force officers will expect you to make reasonable effort to communicate with them in English. Whilst the immigration experience can be daunting, try to be prepared and remain calm whilst you are talking with any Border Force officers, as a genuine student you have nothing to fear!
  • Have the details of your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number in your hand luggage that you carry with you on to the aircraft.
  • Check the restrictions on food products that you can bring to the UK from outside the European Union. Restrictions apply to products made from meat, dairy, fish, eggs and honey, as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark), even for personal use.
  • Check the restrictions on the amount of goods you can bring in the UK such as tobacco, alcohol and gifts. If you exceed your allowances all of your goods can be taken away from you.
  • Do not bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, firearms (including realistic imitations), offensive weapons (including knives) or indecent or obscene material.
  • If you have to bring in medication for a recognised medical condition, make sure in advance whether these are prohibited from being brought into the country and make sure you have an official letter from your doctor (in English) to confirm the type of medication, condition you need it for and whether it is prescribed or not.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the conditions of your visa including whether you have the right to work according to your visa.
  • Make sure you know where you are studying, what course you are studying and some details about the content of the course you will be studying.
  • You must declare any sums of cash of 10,000 Euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.
  • If you will be arriving to start your course in September you may find there are dedicated student lanes at some UK airports so watch out for these when you arrive.

You must show the following documents to an immigration officer:

  • Passport
  • Bank statements, a sponsor’s letter (in English) or a bank draft to prove sufficient funds are available
  • Certifying letter or unconditional offer letter plus any letters from academic department or/and Student Recruitment and Admissions
  • your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number 
  • Proof (written or verbal) of intention to return home at the end of the course
  • Copy of certification of TB/BCG vaccination, including report of chest x-ray in English

For further information view the UK Border Agency website.

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