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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel

Planning foreign travel and information on travel rules.

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Visiting Scotland from another country

Warning

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 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.

There are no covid travel rules in place for people arriving in Scotland from abroad.

You do not need to:

  • complete a Passenger Locator Form
  • take any covid tests before you leave for Scotland, or after you arrive
  • isolate when you arrive

Normal travel rules apply.

When returning home or travelling to other countries outside Scotland, you should check your own government’s travel advice for further help. Even though Scotland does not have covid travel rules, other countries may.

If you live in Scotland and you're travelling abroad

Even though Scotland’s rules have ended, other countries may still have travel rules in place. If you live in Scotland, you should check GOV.UK’s foreign travel advice for every country you're planning to visit.

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.

Future changes to travel advice

New covid travel rules in Scotland, or any other country, may be brought in at short notice. You should always check the latest advice for each country you’re planning to travel to before booking your trip and before you go.

Contact

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

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

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