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

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What does this involve?

Residents and visitors entering Scotland from abroad must follow certain measures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The precise rules you need to follow depend on:

  • where you’ve been in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland
  • whether the country or area you’ve travelled from is on the red, amber or green list

Topics covered in this guidance include:

  • which countries are currently on the red, amber and green lists
  • the different measures you need to take when arriving from a country on the red, amber or green list
  • what rules you need to follow when you arrive in Scotland directly from outside the UK
  • what rules you need to follow when you arrive in another part of the UK, then travel on to Scotland
  • managed isolation (quarantine) - when you need to self-isolate and for how long
  • quarantine hotels, how to book your stay and how much it costs
  • when you need to take COVID tests
  • exemptions for certain jobs and circumstances

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 outside the UK. 

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Residents and visitors arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area.

How long does this take?

It will take around 1 hour 30 minutes to read the full guidance. It is divided into sections to help you find the most relevant parts.

Important information

Countries may move between the green, amber and red lists at short notice. You should not assume that a country on the green, amber or red list now will remain on the same list over the weeks and months ahead.

Travelling abroad also carries a risk of bringing new cases and variants of COVID-19 into Scotland. You should think carefully about whether your trip abroad is necessary before booking travel.

Next steps

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

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