Arriving at the airport
Do not use eGates
When you arrive at the airport, you may be directed to use the eGates which is a quicker automated way of passing through border control. However, if you use the eGates, you will not get a stamp in your passport and you need this stamp to prove you have entered the UK legally. When you arrive at Plymouth University, we will ask to see the stamp. Without this stamp, you may not be able to enrol on your degree programme.
Please make sure you see a border control official to get a passport stamp.
If you are entering with a Short Term Study Visa
It is important you ask to be admitted as a short-term student (rather than as a standard visitor) and make sure they look at your short-term study visa letter from the University of Plymouth (which confirms your unconditional offer and acceptance on the course). Check that the stamp you get in your passport shows you are here as a short-term student.
You'll need to show the immigration officer:
- your valid passport or national identity card
- your entry clearance documentation [your entry clearance vignette or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)] unless you are a non-visa national requesting leave to enter as a short-term student.
You're also advised to carry:
- your University of Plymouth offer letter
- evidence of financial support (your bank statements or a letter from your sponsor).
You may also be asked for evidence of a recent chest x-ray, or the Medical Unit may x-ray you at the airport if you're a national of a tuberculosis-endemic country. Alternatively, you may be requested to make an appointment at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth once you've arrived.
Please make sure you accurately complete your customs declaration on the plane. At customs, you'll find three channels and you should take the route that applies to you:
- green channel — no goods to declare
- red channel — goods to declare (if you are carrying prohibited goods or more than the permitted currency, duty, and tax allowances)
- blue channel — if you're arriving from the European Union.