EU and EEA students
As of January 2021, EU and EEA students will need to have immigration permission (either through the EU Settlement Scheme or through another category of the Immigration Rules) to enter the UK. EU and EEA students can enter the UK until 1st October 2021 using a National ID card or passport. If you have been granted settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme, you can use your National ID or passport until at least 31st December 2025. It is important to check the Gov UK website for up to date advice on the ID documents you will need before travelling.
EU Settlement Scheme
If you have immigration permission through the EU Settlement Scheme, you will need to travel with your passport or National ID card. You could also travel with your EU Settlement Scheme permission and a Confirmation of Studies letter (if coming back after studying remotely) in your hand luggage to show Border Control.
Student Route Visa
If you have immigration permission through the Student route visa for six months or more, you will need to have your passport to show your visa vignette (entry clearance sticker in your passport) if you visited a Visa Application Centre as part of your application. If you used the UK Immigration: ID Check App, your Student visa will be available digitally and you can view this online using the verification ID app.
If you are coming back after studying remotely, you could also travel with your Confirmation of Studies letter in your hand luggage to show Border Control.
If your course, or the remainder of your course, is six months or less you may have a Visitor visa. As an EU or EEA student, you can use the eGates when entering the UK on this visa.
It is important that you keep evidence of the date you entered the UK (for example, your flight tickets) so you know when your visa will expire and so you can show UEA proof of this if they ask to see it.
You could also travel with your Confirmation of Studies letter (if coming back after studying remotely) in your hand luggage in case Border Control ask to see this.
International Students not from the EU or EEA
If you have immigration permission through the Student route visa, you will need to have your passport to show the vignette (sticker in your passport). You could also travel with your Confirmation of Studies letter (if coming back after studying remotely) in your hand luggage to show Border Control.
If you are coming back to finish the last months of your course (6 months or less), you may have a Visitor visa. Depending on the country you are from, you may have a visa vignette in your passport or you may have no visa vignette and be able to use the eGates. Here you can find a list of countries that will need a visa vignette. You could also travel with your Confirmation of Studies letter (if coming back after studying remotely) in your hand luggage to show Border Control.
Are there any items I cannot bring to the UK?
There are certain items that you will not be able to bring to the UK or that you will be required to declare at Customs Control. UKCISA have a helpful page on what you need to declare, including on when you need to declare cash.
If you have any uncertainties about what you can bring into the UK, you can also check this with the British Embassy or High Commission in your home country before travelling to the UK.
What if I have problems at Border Control and need immediate help?
If you need immediate help during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9.00-17.00) and do not know what to do, you can get in touch with a member of staff by emailing email@example.com or by calling Reception on (+44)1603 592761, who will get in touch with a member of the Student Life Team. Please do make sure you provide Reception with a number the Student Life Team can call you back on.
If you need immediate help outside of office hours, you can get in touch with a member of staff by calling (+44)7795591386. This will take you through to someone in our Residential Life Team, or to Security if they are unavailable. You can ask the Border Officer to call this number on your behalf.
If you do not need immediate help outside of office hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
What do I do if I have lost my passport or visa?
If you have a UEA log-in, you can find further information about having lost your passport or visa on this page.
We would advise you email email@example.com for further advice and help before you apply for a new or replacement visa.
If you need information on self-isolation after arrival in the UK
You may have to self-isolate or quarantine in a hotel when you arrive in England and take several Covid-19 tests during that time. This depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.
GOV UK has listed countries and territories as red, amber or green and tells you what you must do if you have been in those countries or territories.
Please check this list regularly in case of changes.
Our Covid Support Team will be available Monday-Friday to provide support and can answer any questions you might have before or during self-isolation.
If you are unsure of anything, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) visa?
You will be contacted by another team to register remotely and they will explain the process of collecting your BRP to you.
How can I find out more information about being a new student?
If you have a UEA log-in, UEA has a webpage for new students with lots of useful tips and information including, new student FAQs, help with IT, information about your School and welcome activities and support. You can find further information here.
You can find further information on what there is to do at UEA and in Norwich on our Life in the UK page.