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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)
Red and non-red list rules

Red and non-red list rules

Red list countries

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

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 countries

  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

Non-red list countries and territories 

Over 18, fully vaccinated and travelling from non-red list countries and territories

If you’ve not been in a country or territory that is on Scotland’s red list within 10 days of arriving in Scotland, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must:

Vaccine status and day 2 test

Before you travel you’ll need to make sure you have a record of your vaccination. You'll need to show this when you travel.

If you have been vaccinated in:

  • Scotland: you can use the NHS Scotland Vaccine Status app or get a paper record of vaccination from NHS Inform
  • an EU member state, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City: you can get proof of vaccination through the European Digital COVID certificate
  • the US, and you normally live there: you'll need to take your CDC card when you travel and provide proof of your US address

You must provide a booking reference for your day 2 test, and declare that you have been fully vaccinated, when filling in your passenger locator form (PLF).

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 list in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland, you’ll need to follow the rules for red list countries. 

What ‘fully vaccinated’ means

‘Fully vaccinated’ means that it's at least 14 days since you've had a complete course of a COVID-19 vaccine.

For approved 2 dose vaccines, this means it’s been at least 14 days since your second dose.

To count as fully vaccinated, you must also have been vaccinated in one of these countries or territories:

  • the UK, including as part of a UK vaccine rollout overseas, with an NHS approved vaccine
  • an EU member state - with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City - with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the Swiss vaccination programme
  • the USA - with a vaccine authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Australia, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bahrain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Qatar, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine,  Vietnam – for all these countries and territories, you only count as fully vaccinated if you’ve been vaccinated with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines

You still count as fully vaccinated if you’ve had 2 doses:

  • of different approved vaccines, such as Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech, or Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech
  • 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, such as Australia and Japan, UK and USA or EU and Canada
  • of a formulation of a listed vaccine, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria or Moderna Takeda

Clinical trials

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

Over 18, not fully vaccinated and travelling from non-red list countries

If you’ve not been in a red list country and you’re not fully vaccinated, you must:

On arrival in Scotland you must:

If you travel, you must follow the rules that are in place for a country or area at your time of travel. You should think carefully before booking holidays abroad. Travelling abroad carries a risk of bringing new cases and variants of COVID-19 into Scotland.


A small number of people who are not fully vaccinated, but are travelling as part of essential job roles, are exempt from isolating after arriving in Scotland. There are also a small number of exemptions around leaving isolation, including for medical treatment. Find out more about exemptions.

Under 18 and travelling from non-red list countries

As long as they have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland, children under 18 do not need to:

  • take a test before they travel to Scotland
  • self-isolate when they arrive, as long as they either normally live in the UK, EU or US, or are a dependent of someone who has been fully vaccinated overseas 

If your child is aged 11 to 17, they must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 2 days of arriving in Scotland.

Children under 11 do not need to take this test.

Children who have been in a red list country in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland must follow the normal rules for red list arrivals

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 list. Before you travel, you should read the FCDO travel advice for the countries you will visit.


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Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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First published: 30 Apr 2021 Last updated: 15 Oct 2021 -