All Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away. COVID-19, colds and flu can spread more easily in the winter.
To protect yourself and keep others safe:
- if you have symptoms of a virus, cold or flu, try to stay at home and avoid contact with others – if you do need to go out, wear a well-fitting face covering – read more about looking after yourself during the winter
- get your vaccines if offered to ensure you are fully protected
- follow the latest NHS guidance if you are feeling unwell – and know how to get the right care in the right place
- wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
- socialise in well-ventilated spaces where possible
- wash your hands and clean surfaces regularly
- know where to get support for your mental health and money worries
Information and support
Cases in Scotland
Daily COVID-19 data is on the Public Health Scotland's COVID-19 Daily Dashboard.
Vaccines, boosters and COVID Status (or COVID passport)
COVID-19 and flu vaccines
Vaccines are our best protection against flu and COVID-19.
Find out what vaccines you're eligible for and how to book an appointment at the NHS inform website.
Proof of vaccination (COVID status)
Your COVID Status (or COVID passport) contains details of your vaccinations.
To find details of how access your COVID Status (or COVID passport) please visit NHS Scotland COVID Status | NHS inform
Testing and staying at home (previously self-isolating)
Free COVID-19 testing has now ended for most people in Scotland with and without symptoms.
Testing is only available for specific groups to protect high-risk settings, support clinical care and for surveillance.
You can still access testing if:
- you have a health condition which means you’re eligible for new coronavirus treatments
- you work in NHS health or social care settings and have symptoms
If you are a healthcare worker in a patient-facing role or a social care worker in a service user face-to-face role you should access testing through your organisation if you have symptoms.
Staying at home (previously self-isolating)
Follow the guidance on NHS Inform if you are feeling unwell with symptoms or have a fever.
Travel to Scotland/travelling abroad
Travelling to Scotland
From 5 January 2023, if you travel (or return) by plane from mainland China to Scotland via England, you must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test in China. Read the Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19)for information on what is required. For information on requirements for other countries you should check GOV.UK’s foreign travel advice.
No COVID-19 travel rules apply for entering Scotland. Travel rules for people arriving from abroad ended in March 2022.
If you’re visiting Scotland from another country, you should check your own government’s advice about travelling home after visiting Scotland.
Other countries may still have travel rules in place. If you live in Scotland, you should check foreign travel advice on GOV.UK for every country you plan to visit.
Proof of vaccination (COVID status)
If you need to prove which vaccinations you’ve had when you arrive in another country, you can normally use your NHS Scotland COVID Status app to do this.
Find out how to access or update your covid status at the NHS Inform website.
All covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland but there are still things you can do to protect yourself and others.
Read more: staying safe and protecting others.
Distance Aware scheme
A Distance Aware badge or lanyard shows that someone needs more space or care taken around them. Find out how to get a Distance Aware badge or lanyard.
Highest Risk List
The Highest Risk List – previously known as the Shielding List - ended on 31 May 2022, as a result of the success of the vaccination programme and the introduction of new treatments for COVID-19.
There does remain a group of people who, due to a medical condition or treatment, have a weakened immune system. This group of people remain at higher risk from infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Workplaces and organisations
People managing workplaces and running organisations can take steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to create a safer environment for all.
Read safer workplaces and organisations guidance.
Schools, universities, education and childcare
Scotland's covid recovery
The Covid recovery strategy helps those who have been most affected by the pandemic, where the unequal impacts have worsened pre-existing inequalities. It will bolster the actions in the:
- NHS recovery plan - sets out commitments that will support recovery over the next five years, supported by the implementation of improvements and new models of care
- Education recovery plan – sets out action taken to address the impacts on children and young people, and the next steps to support learners
- Justice recovery plan - published March 2021 - leading to increased criminal court capacity, alongside mitigating measures already introduced during the pandemic. We will publish a new justice strategy reflecting the focus on recovery
All COVID-19 advice and guidance
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