EU and EEA students 

From 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 as they will be from January 2021) to enter the UK.  EU and EEA students can enter the UK from January 2021 using a National ID card or passport until 1st October 2021.  If you have already been granted pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme, you can use your National ID or passport until at least 31st December 2025. 

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.   

If you have immigration permission through the Student route visa, you will need to have your passport to show the visa 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.  As an EU or EEA student, you can use the eGates when entering the UK on this visa.  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. 

Further information on arriving in the UK

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.  

Further information on arriving in the UK

FAQs

What if I have problems at Border Control and need immediate help?

 

Please note that our office will close on Friday 18th December 2020 and reopen on Monday 4th January 2021. 
If you need immediate help in this time and do not know what to do, you can get in touch with a member of staff via the Winter Warmth Support Hotline – (+44)7990756292.  
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, you can get in touch with us on student.life@uea.ac.uk and we will get back to you on or after Monday 4th January 2021

What do I do if I have lost my passport or visa?

 

If you have lost this outside the UK, you should report it stolen or missing to the local police and get a police reference or report. 
You will need to apply for a new passport or temporary travel document before you can travel or apply for a new visa.  
If you have lost your Biometric Residence Permit, you do not need to apply for a new visa – there are other options.  
If you were travelling on a visa vignette, you will need to apply for a transfer of conditions or get a new visa vignette in the country where you lost your passport/visa. 
Alternatively, you could travel home to do this. We would advise you email student.life@uea.ac.uk for further advice and help before you apply for a new or replacement visa. 
Please note that our office will close on Friday 18th December 2020 and reopen on Monday 4th January 2021. 

If you have lost this inside the UK allow 5 working days for your passport/visa to be handed in to the police or UEA Security. 
Check rooms and places you have recently visited. If your passport/visa was stolen, you can report it online.
You will need to apply for a new passport before you can apply for a new visa. 
If you have lost your Biometric Residence Permit, you do not need to apply for a new visa – there are other options. 
We would advise you email student.life@uea.ac.uk for further advice and help before you apply for a new or replacement visa. 
Please note that our office will close on Friday 18th December 2020 and reopen on Monday 4th January 2021. 

Further information

If you need information on self-isolation after arrival in the UK

 

Gov UK have a list of countries that do not need to self-isolate on the travel corridor list
If your country is not on this list, you will need to self-isolate. 
It is worth checking this for updates regularly, in case of any changes. 

Our COVID Support Team will be available Monday-Friday to provide support should you need to self-isolate. 
You can find further information on what you need to do here (login required)
If you are unsure of anything, you can email covidsecure@uea.ac.uk.  

How do I collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) visa?

 

Many offices at the university will close on Friday 18th December and will reopen on Monday 4th January 2021. Once the university has reopened, you will be contacted by another team to register remotely and they will explain the process of collecting your BRP to you. 
Please note that you cannot currently register with the police due to Covid-19.  UEA will get in touch with you once these appointments are available again, if you are a student that needs to register with the police.