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'.
Use the eGates for quicker entry
There are over 250 eGates in place at 15 air and rail ports in the UK. eGates are to enable quicker travel into the UK as you do not need to speak to a Border Force Officer on entry to the UK.
You can normally use eGates if you:
- have a biometric symbol on the cover of your passport
- are aged 12+ (12 to 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult)
- are either:
- a British citizen
- a national of an EU country, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the USA
- a member of the Registered Traveller Service
Those travelling with ID cards cannot use the eGates.
If you are here as a Short Term Student, you must go through a manned gate and speak to a Border Force Official as your passport must be stamped.
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.
Airport pick up service
Our airport transfer service is available for students beginning courses in September between the following dates:
Wednesday 11 September to Monday 23 September 2019 (inclusive).
We can only arrange to collect you from Manchester International (MAN) or Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) if:
- You complete every section of the form below and return it to us as soon as you have your flight details
- You have agreed your arrival date with your accommodation provider in advance of your arrival
- We require a minimum for four days notice before your flight arrival to ensure a pick up is arranged for you
- The deadline for booking an airport pick up on Monday 23 September will be Thursday 19 September 2019
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