Travel

 

Coming to Aberystwyth for the first time?

If you are a first year student, our International Arrivals 2021 webpage has lots of useful information.

Returning international students

Visit the Welsh Government COVID-19 Travel webpages for up-to-date travel information.   

Contact us

You must contact us before travelling to Aberystwyth, so that we can talk to you about what to do before you leave and when you arrive here. Please get in touch by emailing or calling the Coronavirus Helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / +44 (0)1970 622483.

Self isolating on arrival?

Make sure you know whether you need to self-isolate or not, and if you do, you must update your student record online as you as you arrive with information about your isolation period.  For those living in University accommodation, we will support you through this where possible. We can provide 48 hours’ worth of free food and sundries if you need to self-isolate upon arrival. It is also vital you email accommodation@aber.ac.uk before arriving to arrange this. 

LFD test

After arriving, we ask that you take an LFD test twice a week for 28 days. The University provides LFD test kits free of charge to students and staff on campus. These kits can be collected from Penbryn reception, the building just above the main entrance to the Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, and the Students’ Union reception. You do not need to book in advance, however, you will need to have your AberCard with you when collecting your kit.

Vaccination

The University is strongly recommending all staff and students to get vaccinated as this gives the best protection against COVID-19, and for everyone to have received at least one dose of a vaccine before travelling to Aberystwyth.

Further details about COVID-19 vaccines and how to arrange to get vaccinated are available online here. If you are already in the Aberystwyth area, you will find details about vaccinations on the Hywel Dda University Health Board website.

COVID measures on campus

The University has put measures in place to ensure a safe teaching environment, including: ventilation; hand sanitisers; one-way systems and reducing busy periods.

You will be expected to wear a face covering while indoors on all Aberystwyth University sites, unless you are exempt, and keep a distance of 2 metres between yourself and other people whenever possible.

African swine fever (ASF)

It is illegal to bring personal meat or dairy products into the UK from Asia or Africa. You may face prosecution and a large fine if you import personal meat or dairy products from Asia or Africa when entering the UK. You can read the government guidance here.

Questions?

Students who have questions that are not covered in the student FAQ section can contact the Coronavirus Helpline by email coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1970 622483 which is open during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Frequently asked questions

I am an arriving overseas student, what do I need to know?

If you are travelling to Aberystwyth from overseas, our International Team webpages will answer some of the questions you may be thinking about, and will help you plan your trip.

There are strict rules on international travel in force, including self-isolation and testing requirements. Public health officials in Wales will be checking that these rules are being followed. It is very important that you follow these rules. If you fail to follow them, you will be breaking the law and risk prosecution. 

The regulations are reviewed and updated regularly – please check the latest position in plenty of time before your planned departure date. 

Useful links

The following webpages contain useful information:

Contact us

All students returning from countries on the red and amber countries list should contact us before travelling to ensure that all the rules on international travel are followed.

To contact us about this during office hours, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01970 622900 (Option 4). 

Collection of test kits from University accommodation


If you are self-isolating in University accommodation after your return from overseas you can arrange collection of your day 2 and day 8 test kits for posting. This service operates between 9am and 2pm daily.

Weekdays: Email the Post Room at post@aber.ac.uk with the information below
Weekends: Call Site Security on 01970 622900 (choosing Site Security option) and provide information below

• Full hall address
• Date and time when the kit will be ready for collection
• The testing kit should then be placed in the bag, sealed securely and left outside the flat door, ready for collection.

The test kit will be collected and posted on that day.

 

I am an international student and cannot book a flight to Aberystwyth. Can I study online?

International students who are experiencing difficulties with travel arrangements can apply to defer their date of arrival. This is however limited to study schemes where there is suitable online delivery. International students can apply for delayed arrival and all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Any queries should be directed to delayedinternationalarrivals@aber.ac.uk.

I am an international student and my arrival at Aberystwyth is likely to be delayed. Can I study online?

International students who are experiencing difficulties with travel arrangements can apply to defer their date of arrival. This is however limited to study schemes where there is suitable online delivery. International students can apply for delayed arrival and all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Any queries should be directed to delayedinternationalarrivals@aber.ac.uk

Will the University be offering ‘study from home’ in 2021-22?

The University will not be offering ‘study from home’ in 2021-22. Delayed arrival at Aberystwyth will be limited to international students who have applied on the basis of travel restrictions.

If I have to self-isolate during term, what teaching support will be offered?

As with any short term illness, students are advised to catch up with their work and seek support from their academic department. While no additional online teaching will be provided, students who are unable to attend for a limited period will be able to access Panopto recordings and other online resources via the module pages on Blackboard, which are available to all students.

I need to get a COVID-19 test before international travel. What do I need to do?

It is important that you check the exact specifications of the test required to travel to your destination – whether it is a PCR or Rapid Antigen test. Please also check the timeframe you need to have it in with your airline.

In all cases the tests must be paid for privately. 

There are no local providers of private PCR tests and you will need to travel to get one - Carmarthen or Shrewsbury are the nearest locations.  Rapid Antigen tests can be delivered to you.

Some PCR test providers

 

Rapid Antigen test provider (delivery)

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