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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)
Red, amber and green list countries
Latest review changes effective from 4am on 19 July 2021

Red list countries and areas

If you have been in a country or area on the red list at any point in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if either:

  • you are a British or Irish National
  • you have the right to remain in the UK- this includes if you have a visa to work or study in the UK
  • you’re travelling to the UK because you have a certain type of job or for essential medical treatment

You should not travel to red list countries or areas on holiday, or for any leisure purposes.

You can check GOV.UK for the latest travel advice on red list countries.

Before travelling to Scotland from a red list country, you’ll need to:

On arrival in Scotland, you must quarantine in the hotel you’ve booked for 10 days. If you test positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine, you may need to quarantine for longer.

Red list of countries and areas

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Costa Rica 
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt 
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • ​​​​

Amber list countries and areas

If you’re fully vaccinated

You no longer need to self-isolate if you’re travelling to Scotland from an amber list country and you’ve been fully vaccinated in the UK. Please note this does not apply to France.

‘Fully vaccinated’ means that you’ve had your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through the NHS, at least 14 days before you arrive in Scotland.

Before you travel abroad, you’ll need to:

You’ll need to show the printed record of your vaccination during your journey to Scotland.

You must also:

These rules only apply to arrivals from amber list countries.

If you’re planning travel to an amber list country, you should not assume that it will remain on the amber list over the weeks and months ahead. This also applies to countries on the green and red lists.

If you travel, you must follow the rules that are in place for a country or area at your time of travel.

If you’ve not been fully vaccinated by the NHS in the UK

If you’ve been vaccinated outside the UK, you’ll need to follow the amber list rules for those who are not fully vaccinated.

Children under 18

Children under the age of 18 returning to Scotland do not need to self-isolate.

If your child is aged over 12,  they’ll need to take a COVID-19 test within 2 days of arriving in Scotland – you must book and pay for this test using the CTM Booking Portal. Children under 12 do not need to take a test.

Clinical trials

You do not need to self-isolate if you’re taking part in formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

If you’ve been in an amber list country in the 10 days before travelling to Scotland and have not been fully vaccinated, you must:

On arrival in Scotland you must:

If a country is not on this list, you should not assume that it is a green or red list country. Countries are only green or red if they appear on the green or red list.

You should think carefully before booking travel to a country or area on the amber list for holidays or for any other leisure purpose. Travelling abroad carries a risk of bringing new cases and variants of COVID-19 into Scotland.

Amber list of countries and areas

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia​​​​​​
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic (Czechia)
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France - the changes for fully UK vaccinated people do not apply. If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you must self-isolate at home or the place you are staying for 10 days on arrival and take day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests. When you complete your passenger locator form you must choose ‘No/prefer not to say’ when asked if you are exempt from the requirement to quarantine and take a day 8 test. This is under the section of the form titled ‘Your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status’
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece (including islands)
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • The Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal including the Azores, but excluding Madeira which is now on the green list
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands)
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Martin and St Barthélemy
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United States (USA)
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen

Green list countries and areas

Before travelling to Scotland from a green list country or area, you must:

You will not need to isolate unless:

  • the result of the COVID-19 test you’ve taken on day 2 after arriving back in Scotland is positive
  • NHS Scotland Test and Protect contact you to let you know that you need to isolate as you’ve travelled with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you’ve been in a country or area on the red or amber list in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland, you’ll need to follow the rules for red or amber list countries. 

Green list of countries and areas

  • Anguilla and Montserrat
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Barbuda
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Taiwan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Travel advice

Many other countries have rules in place about who can enter and what you can do when you are there. These rules are not related to whether a country is on Scotland’s red, amber or green list. Before you travel, you should read the FCDO travel advice for the countries you will visit.


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First published: 30 Apr 2021 Last updated: 23 Jul 2021 -