Guidance for people entering Scotland from outside the UK during the coronavirus pandemic

What does this involve?

Residents and visitors entering the UK are subject to new measures due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Under the new legislation, everyone arriving in the UK must:

  • provide journey and contact details, and the address where they will be staying in the UK
  • self-isolate for the first 14 days they are in the UK – this means they cannot leave the place where they are staying

Self-isolation rules apply to all travel to Scotland, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route. It also applies regardless of how you have arrived in Scotland – directly or via another part of the UK.

These measures apply across the UK, with some minor differences in how they are implemented in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

If your final destination in the UK is Scotland, you will be expected to follow the Scottish guidance. These rules also apply to people who live in Scotland and are returning from outwith the UK. 

There is a list of exempt countries or territories. Travellers from these destinations are not required to self-isolate. This list is continuously reviewed and countries can be taken off or added at any time.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Residents and visitors arriving in the UK from outwith the common travel area from 8 June 2020.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

Before you travel to the UK, you should provide your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate. You must present these details on your arrival in the UK.

You can complete the passenger locator form up to 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You may need to show that you’ve completed the form when you arrive at the UK border, including in Scotland.

If you do not complete the passenger locator form or fail to comply with the requirement to self-isolate you are breaking the law, and could be fined.

The two sets of offences will carry with them maximum fines upon conviction of up to level 5 on the standard scale (£5000). The ability to prosecute in court is the most severe form of enforcement and is in place to be able to deal with very serious committal of the offences.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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