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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, amber and green list countries

Forthcoming changes 4 October

The traffic light system for international travel is changing. From 4 October, there will be no green or amber country lists.
A red list will remain for countries with high case numbers and variants of concern. Find out more.

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
  • Austria
  • the Azores
  • Barbados
  • Barbuda
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Israel and Jerusalem
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

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 have been fully vaccinated.

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

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

  • 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)

If you’ve not been vaccinated in one of these countries, with an approved vaccine, you should follow the rules for someone who has not been fully vaccinated (detailed below).

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 get a paper record of vaccination from NHS Inform.
  • if you have been vaccinated in 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.
  • if you have been vaccinated in the US and normally live there, you'll need to take your CDC card when you travel and provide proof of your US address

You must also:

Children under 18

Children under 18 travelling to Scotland do not need to self-isolate when they arrive, as long as they either:

  • normally live in the UK, EU or US
  • are a dependent of someone who has been fully vaccinated overseas 

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

Children under 11 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 in the UK or the US.

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:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • take a COVID-19 test before travelling your 10 days start when you leave an amber list country – this means that if you leave an amber list country and stay in a green list country before you arrive in Scotland, the time you spend in the green list country will count as part of your 10 day isolation
  • take a COVID-19 PCR test - on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your 10 day isolation
  • take a day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR test after you arrive in Scotland – you can use the CTM booking portal to book and pay £136 for 2 NHS COVID-19 PCR tests, or you can buy the tests from a list of private providers in England (at the moment, you should only buy ‘self-swab at home’ tests)

On arrival in Scotland you must:

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. 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.

If a country is not on the amber 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.

Exemptions

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 from an amber list country. There are also a small number of exemptions around leaving isolation, including for medical treatment. Find out more about exemptions from red and amber list countries.

Amber list of countries and areas

 
  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic (Czechia)
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Greece (including islands)
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • The Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal, excluding the Azores and Madeira which are now on the green list
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain (including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands)
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Martin and St Barthélemy
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sweden
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • United States (USA)
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen

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

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
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Costa Rica 
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Georgia
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Indonesia
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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.


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: 30 Apr 2021 Last updated: 24 Sep 2021 -