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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine

Quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering the UK.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine
Key facts

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Key facts

Self-isolation

You must self-isolate for 14 full days if you arrive in Scotland from a country outside the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). This is to protect against the risk of imported cases of coronavirus.

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. See: self-isolation guidance.

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.

If your journey includes a transit stop through a non-exempt country, you will need to self-isolate if you interact with others in that country. For example, if your journey involves a transit through an airport or by exiting your vehicle on a ferry in a non-exempt country, you will need to self-isolate.

There is also a small list of sector exemptions where self-isolation is not required. This exemptions list is also under regular review.

Passenger locator form

All passengers must complete an online passenger locator form before travelling, and provide contact details, travel details and the address of their final destination. 

The information you provide on this form will be used for two purposes:

  • to allow contact tracers to get in touch with you quickly if required
  • so we can highlight guidance, including the need to self-isolate

This is to protect your health and the health of others 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.

More importantly, failure to comply means you are risking both your own health and the health of other people.

Find out more

More information on these measures is contained within this guidance. Read more general coronavirus in Scotland guidance and also visit the NHSinform website.


First published: 15 Oct 2020 Last updated: 15 Oct 2020 -