Coronavirus in Scotland

To help protect yourself and others:

Information and support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Scotland


Travel and quarantine


If you are travelling to Scotland from abroad (international travel)

Find out the rules on travelling to Scotland, and check if a country is on the red list.

If you are travelling to Scotland from other parts of the UK

Travel is allowed between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

If you are travelling to a Scottish island

​​​​If you are travelling to a Scottish island you are advised to take a covid test before doing so.

Testing and self-isolating


If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and take a PCR test.

If you do not have symptoms, you can order rapid lateral flow tests for regular testing at home.

We’re encouraging everyone to take regular tests, this is particularly important if you’re socialising or mixing with other households.

Follow the guidance on getting tested and self-isolating.

Vaccine, including booster vaccinations, and vaccine certificates


Find out about the vaccine, including the booster and third dose vaccinations, on the NHS Inform website.

Covid certification scheme (covid passports)

If you are attending certain venues and events you will need to provide proof of:

  • vaccination - or
  • a negative test within the last 24 hours

You can download the NHS Scotland Covid Status app or get a paper record of your vaccine status from NHS Inform.

Check the vaccine certification scheme guidance for businesses and event organisers and for customers.

Businesses and workplaces


All businesses and workplaces should follow the safer businesses and workplaces guidance. This replaces most of the previous sector-specific guidance.

There is also guidance for specific sectors, including:

You can get information on support available to your business at the Find Business Support website

Staying safe


Find out:

Face coverings

By law you should still wear a face covering in most indoor public places. 

Schools, universities, education and childcare


Guidance is available to help reduce the risk in:

Information for parents and carers is on the Parent Club website.

Information for students is on the Student Information Scotland website

Covid response: strategy and evidence


First Minister updates and statements

Strategic Framework

Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Strategic Framework set out our strategic approach to suppress the virus to the lowest possible level while we strive to return to a more normal life. 

The document has been updated since it was first published in October 2020:

Coronavirus advisory groups

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

See all coronavirus advice and guidance.