Travelling to the UK
Last updated: 07/09/2021 11:51
There are a number of airports in the UK to choose from depending on which country you are flying from. Please check the latest government advice before you travel.
Welsh government have provided guidance about what rules you must follow when you arrive from overseas.
The advice will vary depending on where you are travelling from:
- arriving in Wales from a red list country
- arriving in Wales from an amber list country
- arriving in Wales from a green list country.
When you arrive in the UK, you should follow Welsh government guidance on how to isolate when you travel to Wales.
Flying to the UK
There are a number of airports in the UK to choose from. Depending on which country you are flying from, we would recommend one of the following.
It is approximately 150 miles (240 kilometres) from London to Cardiff, and 50 miles (80 kilometres) from Bristol to Cardiff.
Most of our international students arrive at Heathrow Airport, which is around 18 miles/29 km southwest of London and around four hours from Cardiff. Most international airlines will fly into Heathrow and therefore usually has the most competitive fares.
If you're coming from mainland Europe, you may find Bristol Airport more convenient, as it is 50 miles/80 km from Cardiff. If you are arriving during the day, it will take around two hours to travel from Bristol airport.
If you're arriving in the UK from a country outside the European Union (EU), you must declare any cash that equals the value of 10,000 Euros or more to customs officers.
Cash not only means currency notes and coins, but also banker’s drafts and cheques of any kind, including travellers’ cheques. You will find the relevant forms to fill out at ports and airports.
Bringing food to the UK
If you're arriving in the UK from a country outside of the EU, please don’t pack any fresh, dried or cured pork or wild boar meat to bring with you, as this is illegal. This is because meat and meat products can carry diseases, such as African swine fever. You should declare any food you bring with you to customs when you arrive in the UK.
Additionally, if your family or friends are sending you gifts by post, please ask them not to send any meat products.
For more information, search 'African swine fever' on the UK government website.
We offer a free coach collection service for new and returning international students.