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International Students

Other Immigration Questions

Health certificates

Depending on which country you are coming from, you may be asked to show proof of vaccinations, a chest x-ray or a health certificate before you can enter Britain. If you are not sure if you need a health certificate, ask at the British Embassy or High Commission in your home country.

Customs regulations

There are rules about what you can bring into the country. If you are unsure about an item you plan to bring, check with the British Embassy or High Commission in your home country. Some items are forbidden: drugs, weapons, animals and plants. Sharp objects like scissors or tweezers must not be placed in hand-luggage for security reasons.

You may need to bring more luggage than you can carry. If so, use a reputable freight company to bring your belongings by sea or air. SOAS cannot accept delivery of students' belongings in advance so you should bring enough luggage to meet your needs and arrange for the rest to arrive after you do.

Make sure you give your full and correct address in the UK - don't just put 'SOAS'.