We know that 2020 has been a very strange year! However, we also know that learning English is still really important to you. We want you to know the facts and be able to book a course with us with confidence..
Life in Scotland
What is life like in Scotland now?
Things are getting back to normal after lockdown, although of course some restrictions still apply. Pubs, restaurants and cafes are now open, and tourist attractions like museums and galleries are able to open too.
There are still some restrictions on meeting people, face coverings are required in shops and on public transport, and you must keep 2m apart from people from other households.
You can read more detailed information on the Scottish Government website
COVID-19 in Scotland
How prevalent is COVID-19 in Scotland now?
The number of COVID-19 cases in Scotland is currently very low. In the last week, there were a total of 6 deaths in Scotland. (source: BBC News).
What advice should I follow when I’m in Scotland?
The key advice is ‘FACTS’
- Face coverings in enclosed spaces
- Avoid crowded places
- Clean your hands and surfaces regularly
- Two-metre social distancing
- Self-isolate and book a test if you develop coronavirus symptoms
Find out what you can and cannot do on the Scottish Government website
Arriving in Scotland
Do I need to self-isolate when I arrive in Scotland?
It depends on the country you’re coming from. The Scottish Government’s list of countries from which you can arrive and not need to self-isolate includes:
Austria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary ; Italy; Japan; Luxembourg; Poland; South Korea; Switzerland; Taiwan; Turkey
Please check the complete list on the Scottish Government website.
If you come from another country, you must self-isolate for 14 days. You must stay at home during this time and cannot leave to attend English classes. Please see the Scottish Government advice.
Please note that the list of countries may be different in Scotland and England. Please make sure you check the advice you follow is for Scotland!
Will the list of countries change?
Yes. The list will change if the COVID-19 situatuon in other countries changes. We will update this page regularly (last update on 27 July 2020). You can also see the current list on the Scottish Government website.
What happens if I book a course and then my country gets added to the list?
If you are planning to come to Edinburgh and study English with us and your country is not on the list when you book, but is added later, we will offer you the option to postpone your course or get a full refund (except for any bank transfer charges). Please note that this is an addition to our regular terms and conditions during the pandemic.
What happens if I book a course, but have symptoms of COVID or test positive before I am due to travel to Scotland?
Please contact us, and we will offer you the option to postpone your course or get a full refund (except for any bank transfer charges). Please note that this is an addition to our regular terms and conditions during the pandemic.
Learning English at Alba English
What will the school be like?
Please visit our COVID-19 Secure page to find out!
What happens if I have symptoms of COVID-19 while in Edinburgh?
If you develop symptoms, you must not leave your house, except to get a test. Please book your test on the NHS Scotland website. If you need help knowing what to do or need support while self-isolating, contact us (by email or phone - don’t come to the school) and we will do our best to help!
What happens if I have to self-isolate during my course?
If you have been in contact with someone who tests positive for the virus, or test positive yourself, you will be asked by the government to self-isolate for 14 days. You can find out more on the the NHS Test and Protect website and read the information in simple English in this government guide
At present, the virus is not at a high level in Scotland, so the chance of this happening is very low. However, if it does happen, we have options for you:
- Part-time students (taking 9 or fewer classes per week) can pause their course and take the classes at the end.
- Full-time students (taking 10 or more classes per week) can choose to pause their course and take the classes at the end or have their two face-to-face classes in the morning replaced by a one-hour private online class
Just email us and let us know about your situation and we'll be ready to help!
We are really lucky to be next to next to one of the biggest parks in the city. At least once a week, we will go to the park to relax and have lunch together, following all relevant rules to stay safe. Learning English should be fun, and we’ll do everything we can to help you learn English in a safe and enjoyable way!
If you have any questions, please contact us!