Coronavirus in Scotland

To help protect yourself and others:

Information and support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Scotland

 

Getting tested and self-isolating

 

You should take regular lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you get a positive LFD result, changes to testing arrangements mean that you do not need to take a PCR test to confirm this. How to get lateral flow tests.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever, new continuous cough, or loss of sense of taste or smell) it is important to isolate and book a PCR test – that advice has not changed.

Follow the guidance on NHS Inform on self-isolating and booking a test.

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.

Staying safe

 

Follow the rules and guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Face coverings

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

Distance Aware scheme

Badges and lanyards signalling you would like others to give you extra space will be available from 26 January. Find out more about the Distance Aware scheme and how to get a badge or lanyard.

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
  • or you are exempt

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 (including hospitality guidance)

 

Guidance on operating safely during coronavirus

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:

Funding for businesses affected by Omicron control measures

Get information about funding for business sectors affected by measures introduced to control the spread of the Omicron variant, including hospitality and taxi drivers.

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

Places of worship

 

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 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.