September is fast approaching!

For the students going to study in the UK, we at ALTS know that many of you are currently preparing to travel and settle down to begin the upcoming academic year. Here are some tips for students which we highly recommend for a hitch-free arrival and useful guidance during this time.

We are sure you will find these tips helpful and wish you all safe travels and the best of luck in the forthcoming year!

1. Complete your landing card

If you're from a country not in the EU or European Economic Area, please complete the landing card given to you during your flight before you arrive at border control.

2. Have your passport ready

Remove it from any cover, and remember to remove sunglasses and hats before reaching border control.

3. Keep information about the course you're studying in your hand luggage

This must be in paper copy (not an electronic copy on a tablet or phone). This includes your university confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) number.

4. Keep recent bank statements and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage

Border force officers may ask to see this information

5. Expect border force officers to ask simple questions

Expect border force officers to ask simple questions about your stay in the UK when you arrive at passport control.

6. Do not bring any meat or dairy products from outside the European Union (EU)

There are restrictions on traditional medicines, food products such as fish, eggs and honey, and some fruit, vegetables and plants (including bulbs, seeds cut flowers and tree bark).

7.  There are also restrictions about the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts 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. ​

8. Why not become a Registered Traveller?

If you plan on travelling in/out of the UK more than four times this year, why not become a registered traveller. Members do not fill in landing cards and are able to access ePassport gates. Find out more at

9. You must declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more

You must declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the EU.

10. Never give false or misleading information

Never give false or misleading information (including forged or counterfeit documents).

Please contact us for any further information.

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