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

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

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


The traffic light system for international travel is changing from 4 October. Find out more.

If you’re planning to travel abroad, you must:

  • check the rules for the country/territory that you are travelling to - foreign travel advice by country is on
  • check whether a country you’re travelling to is on the red, amber or green list
  • confirm if you’ll need to isolate when you arrive back in Scotland
  • confirm when you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test - children under 11 do not need to take a test, but older children and adults need to take a test before leaving for Scotland and at least one PCR test after arriving

The green, amber and red lists can change at short notice. Before you arrive in Scotland, you should check these lists and make sure you’re following the correct rules.

If you’re planning travel, you should not assume that a country on the green, amber or red list now will remain on the same list over the weeks and months ahead.  If you travel, you must follow the rules that are in place for a country or area at your time of travel.

If you have been fully vaccinated, you must make sure you have a printed record of your vaccine status from NHS Inform for your journey back to Scotland.

Travelling abroad also carries a risk of bringing new cases and variants of COVID-19 into Scotland. You should think carefully about whether your trip abroad is necessary before booking travel.

Travel within Scotland and to other parts of the UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies

Travel within the UK, and to the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey, is not counted as international travel. This means that you do not need to test, isolate or fill in a passenger locator form if:

  • you’re travelling to Scotland from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey
  • you have not travelled anywhere other than these areas in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland

Your plans may still be affected if the area you’re travelling to or from has local restrictions in place.

For information on local travel restrictions, see guidance on travel within Scotland, other parts of the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.


Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

First published: 30 Apr 2021 Last updated: 22 Sep 2021 -