Student Arrivals Information

Border Forces top Tips for Entering the UK

Coming to the UK to study this year? Here are Border Force’s top ten tips to make sure you have everything you need for a smooth arrival.
  • If you’re from a country not in the EU or European Economic Area, please complete the landing card given to you during your flight before you arrive at border control.
  • Have your passport ready. Remove it from any cover, and remember to remove sunglasses and hats before reaching border control.
  • Keep information about the course you’re studying in your hand luggage. This must be in paper copy (not an electronic copy on a tablet or phone). This includes your university confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) number.
  • Keep recent bank statements and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage, Border Force officers may ask to see this information.
  • Expect Border Force officers to ask simple questions about your stay in the UK when you arrive at passport control.
  • Do not bring in any meat or dairy products from outside the European Union (EU). There are restrictions on traditional medicines, food products such as fish, eggs and honey, and some fruit, vegetables and plants (including bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark).
  • There are also restrictions on the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts you can bring to the UK. If you exceed your duty-free allowance and do not declare them, all of your items could be taken away from you.
  • If you plan on travelling in/out of the UK more than four times this year, why not become a Registered Traveller. Members do not ll in landing cards and are able to access ePassport gates. Find out more here: gov.uk/registered-traveller
  • You must declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the EU.
  • Never give false or misleading information (including forged or counterfeit documents).

For more information on how to travel through the UK border as quickly and smoothly as possible please click the link below:

UK Visas & Immigration Process