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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation (quarantine)

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation (quarantine)


To keep people as safe as possible, we review international travel and managed isolation requirements regularly. The situation is rapidly evolving worldwide, so it is important that you check all guidance before you travel.

This guidance explains what you must do if you need to enter managed isolation, need to self-isolate and details of any exemptions that exist.

All country exemptions (sometimes known as ‘travel corridors’) have been suspended until further notice.

Managed isolation

We have introduced managed isolation (quarantine) to try to keep people safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. Find out more about these rules and if they apply to you in managed isolation: what you must do


If you travel to Scotland from within the CTA, but have not been in a country on the acute risk country list in the 10 days before your arrival, then you must self-isolate at your accommodation and must book a testing package.


There are some limited exemptions from managed isolation.  You may still be required to self-isolate when you are not doing the essential activity the exemption allows.

You can also read more on general Coronavirus in Scotland guidance and also visit NHSinform.

Related information

Travel within Scotland

Mainland Scotland and some islands are in lockdown. You must stay at home and not travel unless you have an essential reason. See guidance on travel.

Travelling to and from other parts of the UK and abroad

You must not travel into or out of Scotland without an essential reason. See the list of essential reasons

Guidance for British people travelling abroad, if legally permitted, is at

First published: 14 Feb 2021 Last updated: 1 Mar 2021 -