Travellers from the following countries can use Passport eGates on arrival at the UK border - Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and USA.
Nationals from these countries entering the UK either as a visitor or as a Student, are no longer required to seek approval for entry to the UK from a Border Force Officer. It is important that you retain your boarding pass as proof of entry to the UK.
- Arriving with a Student Visa (from the countries listed above): If you enter the UK via the e-Gate when your Student Visa vignette is valid, you will activate your Student Visa. However, if you are planning to arrive earlier than the start date of your Student Visa and you enter via the eGates, you will only be entering the UK as a tourist and will not be able to register for your programme. You will need to leave the UK and re-enter when your Student Visa is valid for it to be activated and enable you to register.
- Short-term student: Do not use the eGates. You must speak to a Border Force Officer in order to obtain a short-term study stamp in your passport. If you do use the eGates, the university will not be able to register you. You will have to leave the UK and travel outside the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Crown Dependencies) and seek re-entry in the correct category via a Border Force Officer before we can register you on your programme.
For more information on how to use passport eGates, please see more information from UK Border Force.