When you arrive
Three steps to follow when arriving in the UK
Whether you arrive by air, sea or via the Eurotunnel you will need to complete these three steps before you are allowed to enter the UK. The steps are summarised below, but please check the UK CISA website for more information.
Pass through immigration
You will be asked to produce the following documentation at Passport Control:
- Passport - valid for one year or more
- Entry certificate/visa
- Evidence of financial support (bankers draft, bank statement, letter from official sponsor)
- Most recent letter of acceptance from Liverpool John Moores University
- Most recent examination results (originals or certified copies)
If you do not have any of the above documentation you may be refused entry into the UK.
Before leaving Immigration Control, check that the Immigration Officer has put a date stamp (if you had a Visa or Entry Clearance) in your passport; or (if you are a non-Visa national coming for a course of less than six months) check that you have been stamped in as a 'Student Visitor'.
After passing through Passport Control, you will be able to collect your luggage from the baggage area or carousel. Clearly mark your luggage so that it is easily identified. If any item does not come through, find a representative of the airline you travelled on and fill in a lost baggage form.
Go through customs
When you have collected your luggage you must pass through Customs control. Join the queue for either the:
- Green channel if you have nothing to declare
- Red channel if you have goods to declare
- Blue channel if you have arrived from an airport within the European Economic Area (EEA) where you have already cleared all your luggage through customs control
If you are travelling to the UK from a country outside the European Union and are carrying 10,000 Euros or more in cash, bankers draft or cheque of any kind (about £6,750 in pounds sterling) you will be required to declare this at Customs. Declaration Forms will be available when you arrive. You could face a fine of up to £5,000 if you don’t make a full and correct declaration.
Please note: you are legally required to comply with Customs requests to search you and your luggage.
For more information about travelling to the UK to study, please visit these websites:
- HM Revenues and Customs website
- Declaring cash when entering or leaving the UK
- Bringing food products into the UK
- UK Council for International Student Affairs
If you need more information or would like some advice, contact firstname.lastname@example.org