International students arriving in Scotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for international students in Scotland

Before arriving in Scotland

It is not a requirement that international students are vaccinated in order to enter the UK to study.

You may need to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) before you travel or quarantine when you arrive in Scotland, depending on which country you are arriving from.

More about travel requirements

Getting vaccinated

It is essential when you are living in Scotland that you consider your vaccination needs.

International Students are coming from all over the world to study in Scotland. Your home country may or may not have a mature COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Universities and Colleges are working with the NHS to plan local vaccination clinics you can attend.

There are many different vaccines being used across the world but not all of them are in use or accepted in the UK. The Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna coronavirus vaccines are recognised vaccines that protect against coronavirus in Scotland.

You should speak to a team member at your local vaccination clinic to find out what your next steps are.

NHS Scotland's clinical teams will follow the advice in the 'Green Book'.

Coronavirus guidance

To prevent the spread of the virus to others, it is important that you follow the Scottish Government's latest coronavirus advice.

If you experience any coronavirus symptoms you must follow self-isolation advice and book a coronavirus test.

Your institution will provide you with information on guidance specific to universities, colleges and student accommodation.

Register with a GP practice

You should register with a GP Practice when you arrive in Scotland so you can seek help with any health needs you may have.