The UK Border Force has produced a list of ten useful tips for first time students travelling to commence their studies in the UK this year. Students following these tips and being prepared when they present themselves at border control will find themselves not unduly delayed when they enter the UK.
Top Ten Tips for First Time Students Entering the UK
- Have your passport ready when you get off the plane and enter border control.
- Ensure you complete a landing card if a non EEA National.
- Have your university Certificate of Acceptance Studies (CAS) number ready. If for whatever reason you do not have your CAS number with you please ensure that you have details of your course of study with you to present when asked.
- Ensure that you keep any medical documentation, recent bank statement and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage as border control may ask to see this information.
- Do not bring any meat or dairy products from outside the EU.
- Remember that there are also restrictions on other food products such as fish, eggs and honey as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark).
- There are also restrictions on the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts that 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.
- Never bring in counterfeit good, illegal drugs, offensive weapons or indecent or obscene material. Some items are restricted and will require a license or permit.
- You must declare any sums of cash of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.
- Never give false or misleading information, including forged or counterfeit documents.