Students who have travelled from their term-time address to join another household over the Christmas break were offered a voluntary PCR COVID-19 test in December as part of the Scottish Government’s plans to enable students to safely return home.

Students travelling back to term-time addresses after Christmas now have the option to book a test on their return to Inverness.

This is part of a voluntary, asymptomatic testing programme aimed at reducing the rate of transmission on your return to the Highlands.

Depending on what option you select at the booking stage, this test will be administered either at the walk-in testing centre at the Highland Council headquarters on Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, or the drive-through testing centre at Inverness Campus.

The PCR Test is the same one accessed by people with COVID-19 symptoms through the usual NHS Test and Protect channels. The authorised PCR test will provide a confirmatory positive or negative COVID-19 result and is different from the Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) test that is being referred to by the Scottish Government and is being used by most other universities and colleges in Scotland. We are providing our students with access to the PCR test because it is more appropriate for our location, multi-campus structure and student demographic as the test can be administered at existing test centres throughout the Highlands and Islands.  It also means students only require one test.

As such, it is important you follow the guidance here, as opposed to the guidance on LFD tests issued by the Scottish Government.

To book a test, visit: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  

When booking a test, it is important you follow these steps:

Step by step guide to booking a test content

Step by step guide to booking a test

Step by step guide to booking a test

To book a asymptomatic test, visit: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  

1) You will see this page, click on 'start now'.



2) At the next page, click 'no, none of these symptoms.'

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3) Select 'no'.covid-testing-7-screenshot

4) Select 'yes.'

covid-testing-6-screenshot5) Select 'the person was told to get a test by the COVID Symptom Study app (by Zoe). This enables the testing centre to classify you as a student and provide you with a test, even though you are not showing COVID-19 symptoms.


6) Enter your details:


7) Enter your details:covid-testing-3-screenshot


9) Enter your details. Please use your college/university email account.


9)  Enter your term-time postcode to find your nearest testing centre. postcode-covid-screenshot



10) Select 'confirm and continue.' You will then be allocated a booking slot at the most appropriate local centre. covid-booking-screenshot-confirmation

If you are experiencing difficulties booking a test, please email covid.ic@uhi.ac.uk and we will support you.



Full instructions will be provided on your arrival at the testing centre. Please remember to wear a face covering, sanitise your hands and maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres.

This instructional video gives a demonstration of what to expect from the test procedure:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCqo7MhQT6U

You will be notified of your test result by text or email within 48 hours.

If the test comes back positive

You will be contacted by an NHS contact tracer, who will help identify who you've been in close contact with. You will be expected to self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken, and all members of your household must isolate for 14 days from the day the test was taken. Arrangements will be made to support your studies remotely if you are required to self-isolate. Please keep in touch with your PDA/PAT so they can provide the appropriate support.

International students

International students who are considering a visit home, with the intention of returning to Scotland afterwards, must follow the guidance on international travel and quarantine as appropriate when arriving back in Scotland.  

If you intend to fly outside the UK for Chirstmas, please also refer to guidance on the UK Government website.

Students with EU, EEA or Swizz citizen status are also reminded of the need to apply online from within the UK to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to continue living and studying here. You will have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the scheme, but if you intend to leave the UK during the winter break or for any other purpose before 31 December, we advise that you apply as soon as possible, as you will not be able to enter the UK after 1 January without evidence of your immigration status. More information here.