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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine

Planning foreign travel and information on testing for people entering Scotland.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine
Overview

Overview

Arriving in Scotland from abroad

These travel rules apply to everyone arriving in Scotland from abroad. They do not cover travel rules for people arriving in another country from Scotland.

As well as Scotland’s travel rules, you must also check the latest COVID-19 travel rules for any other country you plan to travel to.

If you live in the UK, you can check the travel rules for foreign countries on GOV.UK.

If you do not live in the UK, you should check your own government’s rules about travelling abroad and returning home before booking travel.

Travel to Scotland from within the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands

These travel rules only apply if you’ve been outside the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland. 

If you’re fully vaccinated

If you’re fully vaccinated, you do not need to isolate when you arrive in Scotland, but there are 3 things you must do before you travel:

1. Make sure that you’re able to prove you’re fully vaccinated

 

If you're aged 18 or over, you must be carrying proof that you're fully vaccinated when travelling to Scotland. Your proof needs to show that it's at least 14 days since you had your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you’ve been vaccinated in Scotland, you can download the NHS Scotland Vaccine Status app. You'll be able to use the NHS Scotland Vaccine Status app to prove your vaccine details. If you cannot download the app, you can get a paper record of your vaccinations from NHS Inform.

If you've been vaccinated outside Scotland

If you’ve been vaccinated in the EU, or another country using the European Digital Covid Certificate, you can use the European Digital COVID certificate as proof of your vaccine status.

If you’ve been vaccinated in the US, you can use a CDC Card, New York Excelsior Pass Plus, California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record or Washington State WA Verify Pass as proof of your vaccine status.

If you were not vaccinated in Scotland, the US or a country covered by the European Digital Covid certificate, check GOV.UK for what proof you’ll need from other countries

If you're not able to prove you've been vaccinated, or the vaccine you've had is not approved in the UK, you should follow the travel rules for someone who is not fully vaccinated.

Children under 18 who normally live in the UK, EU or US, or any other country with a vaccine programme that's approved in the UK, do not need to show proof of vaccination. 

2. Book a COVID-19 day 2 test

 

Everyone aged 11 or over needs to take a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test after arriving in Scotland.

You need to take your day 2 PCR or lateral flow test on or before day 2. The day you arrive in Scotland is day 0.

Buy your day 2 PCR or lateral flow test now.

If you take a day 2 PCR test and the result is positive, you'll need to follow the current rules for self-isolating in Scotland.

If you take a day 2 lateral flow test and the result is positive, you’ll need to take a free PCR test as soon as possible to confirm your positive result.

Children under 18

After they arrive in Scotland, children aged 11 to 17 need to take a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test on or before day 2Children aged under 11 do not need to take this test.

3. Complete a Passenger Locator Form on gov.uk

 

To be able to complete your form, you must have these details:

  • your COVID-19 day 2 test booking reference number
  • your flight details
  • the address you’re staying at in Scotland

Each adult must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Children travelling with an adult must be included on an adult's form.

If you're not fully vaccinated 

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must:

On arrival in Scotland you must:

If your day 2 or day 8 test is positive, you must isolate for 10 full days from the date of your positive test (the day you took your test would be day 0 of your 10 day isolation).

Exemptions

If you’re part of a current COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, or you have been in the past, you may count as fully vaccinated. This covers phase 2 and phase 3 trials in a World Health Organisation Stringent Regulatory Authority country or trials given by the European Medicines Agency. If you count as fully vaccinated because of a clinical trial, you must be able to provide proof that you are or were part of a clinical trial when travelling to Scotland.

A small number of people who are not fully vaccinated, such as those travelling as part of essential job roles, are also exempt from isolating after arriving in Scotland. 

What ‘fully vaccinated’ means - approved vaccines

To count as fully vaccinated, you must have had your second dose of one of these vaccines:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Sinovac
  • Covaxin
  • Novavax (Nuvaxovid and Covovax) 

You must have had your second dose of one of these vaccines:

If you’ve only had one dose, you must follow the rules for someone who has not been fully vaccinated.

Formulations of these vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, also count as approved vaccines.

You can also:

  • mix 2 different types of an approved vaccine, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
  • have your 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, such as in Australia and Japan, the UK and USA or France and Canada

If you live in Scotland or England and you're unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons - you must provide an NHS COVID Pass, secure medical exemption certificate or Department of Health and Social Care confirmation letter as proof.

If you’ve had the Janssen vaccine – single dose vaccine

You must have had your single dose of the Janssen vaccine:

Other vaccines

If you've not been vaccinated with one of the vaccines mentioned on this page, you need to check GOV.UK to check whether your vaccine is approved in the UK.

If you've not been vaccinated with an approved vaccine, you'll need to follow the rules for someone who is not fully vaccinated if you're travelling to Scotland. 

Children under 18 

All children under 18 are counted as ‘fully vaccinated’ when they arrive in Scotland. This applies:

  • even if they have not had a COVID-19 vaccine
  • no matter which country or territory they normally live in

After arriving, children aged 11-17 must take a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test on or before day 2. The day they arrive in Scotland is day 0. Children aged under 11 do not need to take this test.


Contact

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

First published: 26 Nov 2021 Last updated: 9 Jan 2022 -