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Landing in the UK


Arrival

When you arrive into a UK airport you will pass through Immigration Control. Immigration procedures at British airports can be very formal and there can be queues that take up to two hours, especially during peak traffic periods (at the start of term and at UK holiday periods).

To assist the Immigration Officials, keep all of your documents available and be prepared to wait patiently. In Immigration Control there are usually two main queues: one for European/ Swiss nationals, and one for Non-European/ Swiss nationals. Make sure you join the correct queue. A Border Force Officer will look at your passport and check your Visa/Entry Clearance.

Customs Control

When you have found all your baggage you must pass through Customs Control. Join the queue for either:

  • the green channel if you have nothing to declare
  • the red channel if you have goods to declare
  • the blue channel if you have arrived from an airport within the European Union (EU)

If you are not sure about what you can bring into the UK you should check here to find out www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/index.htm.

Money

When you arrive in the UK, you should bring about £150 in cash and/or travellers' cheques for your immediate needs (meals, train fares, etc.) plus money needed for your transport to Swansea. Avoid carrying any more money on you in case it gets lost or stolen. Most shops and hotels will accept credit cards, and some will also accept payment in sterling travellers' cheques.

As with all major cities please take care of your personal belongings at all times.

Telephones

Please ensure you have the ICWS Emergency phone number (07780686891) with you when you travel.

If you do not have a working mobile in the UK when you arrive, you will find public telephones at all airports. Instructions on how to use them are displayed next to the telephone. Most accept coins from 20p upwards and many phone boxes also accept credit cards, or phone cards (these can be purchased from most convenience stores and newsagents, and come in many values from £2 to £20).