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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine
Travel exemptions

Travel exemptions

Some people are exempt from some or all COVID-19 travel rules.

This guidance lists the jobs that give you an exemption. It also lists a small number of other exemptions, such as for essential medical treatment.

If you think you may be exempt, you need to check:

  • which rules your exemption covers
  • what evidence of your exemption you’ll need to show when you arrive in Scotland

Exemptions: arriving from all countries

Only a small number of exemptions apply to arrivals from any country, no matter if it is on the red list or not.

This includes if you are:

border security, including UK officials and contractors

 

Applies to UK officials and contractors required to work on border security duties:

  • you do not need to take a coronavirus test before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you should use your official photo identification to demonstrate your status

a Crown servant or government contractor

 
  • you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package or self-isolate if the Scottish Government or relevant department of the UK government issues you with a letter certifying you are:
    • a Crown servant or government contractor who is required to undertake essential policing or essential government work in the UK; or
    • a person returning from conducting essential state business outside the UK; or
    • a person returning to the UK where this is necessary to facilitate the functioning of a UK diplomatic mission, consular post, military or other official posting; or
    • a person returning from undertaking essential or emergency work outside of the UK, which was necessary to facilitate essential government work or essential state business
  • if your letter certifies that you do not need to take a coronavirus test before you travel to Scotland, you may be refused boarding if you do not have this with you when you travel
  • if you arrive from a red list country, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8 
  • if you arrive from a non-red list country, you must buy a day 2 test – if you're taking this test before 4am on Sunday 9 January, you must take a PCR test, if you're taking this test after 4am on Sunday 9 January, you can choose to take a PCR or lateral flow test

defence personnel, visiting forces or government contractor

 

Applies to defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors who the Ministry of Defence has confirmed are required to deliver essential defence activities:

  • you do not need to take a coronavirus test before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you’ll need to request a letter from the Ministry of Defence confirming you are exempt. You’ll need to show this letter to officials at border control on entry to the UK

part of diplomatic missions, an international organisation or representative of a foreign country

 

Applies to members of diplomatic missions and consular posts in the UK, officers, servants or representatives of international organisations, representatives of a foreign country, foreign policy representatives invited by the FCDO, and their families or dependents:

  • you do not need to take a coronavirus test before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to self-isolate if it is confirmed that your work cannot be undertaken while self-isolating
  • if your family members or other dependents travel with you, they will need to self-isolate after arriving in Scotland from a red list country
  • before you travel, you will need to notify the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) who will issue an exemption letter to show at the border
  • FCDO will assess whether you and any family members or dependents travelling with you need to take a test before travel, and will confirm in the exemption letter if you do not

aircraft pilots or crew

 

Applies to aircraft pilots and crew, including a flight navigator, flight engineer, flight radiotelephony operator, and training or safety personnel, where such crew have travelled to the UK in the course of their work:

  • you do not need to take a coronavirus test before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you should show a crew badge or ID

seamen, masters of ships, ship inspectors or surveyors of ships 

 

As long as you do not work on a cruise ship, you do not need to enter managed isolation or self-isolate if you’re a seafarer travelling to Scotland to work in the Common Travel Area (CTA). The CTA includes the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Seafarers include:

  • seamen
  • masters
  • pilots
  • inspectors of ships
  • surveyors of ships

If you work on a cruise ship

If you’re working on a cruise ship and have not been in any red list countries in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you do not need to enter managed isolation, self-isolate or take day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests.

If you’ve been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you’ll need to enter managed isolation. This applies whether you're returning to Scotland after working on a cruise ship, or travelling to Scotland to work on a cruise ship.​​​​​​

If you are not travelling as part of your work

Returning to shore for a period of leave is not classed as travelling as part of your work. If you are not travelling as part of your work, you will need to follow the same rules as other people travelling to Scotland

If you are being repatriated

Seafarers who are being repatriated, as defined in the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 or the Work in Fishing Convention 2007, do not need to isolate.

Travellers will be required to provide a copy of their terms and conditions, a letter from their employer setting out the circumstances of the journey home (e.g. a letter confirming termination of employment) and proof that their employer has paid for their journey home (which is required under para 3.1 of the Maritime Labour Convention) to show that they have been repatriated and that they aren’t travelling home during the course of their work.

Who these exemptions apply to

These exemptions apply if you fall within one of the following categories:

  • seamen and masters as defined in section 313(1) Merchant Shipping Act 1995,
  • maritime pilots as defined in para 22(1) of schedule 3A of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 
  • inspectors and surveyors of ships appointed under section 256 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 or by a government of a relevant British possession as defined in section 313(1) of that Act 

These exemptions do not apply if you’re coming into the UK to work on board a cruise ship, or are returning from working on a cruise ship.

Further requirements

  • evidence must be provided at port of entry for repatriation and/or travelling in the course of work
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland, if you arrive by vessel
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland, if you are an inspector/surveyor of ships - this includes arriving by air
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form if you travel in a part of the vessel that is not accessible to passengers or you travel on a vessel that does not carry passengers, for example, fishing boats
  • you do not need to take a coronavirus test before you travel to Scotland if you are a seafarer, inspector or surveyor of ships or fisherman due to work on a vessel or need to transit the UK to join or leave a vessel. You should show a valid SID if you have one
  • you do not need to take day 2 or day 8 COVID-19 tests after arrival in the UK
  • when you are in a red list country you should take additional precautions to minimise contact with others
  • if you work on a ship, including fishermen, you should show a Seafarer’s Identification Document (SID) if you have one
  • if you don’t have a SID, you can show your joining papers, seafarer’s employment agreement or a seafarer’s discharge book (Continuous Certificate of Discharge) instead. Alternatively, you could show a basic training certificate or declaration from the registered owners of the vessel that you are a crew member​​​​​

being extradited

 

Applies to a person responsible for escorting someone sought for extradition pursuant to a warrant issued under Part 3 of the Extradition Act 2003, or sought for extradition under any other extradition arrangements:

  • you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate

international prisoner escorts

 

Applies to a person designated by the relevant Ministers under section 5(3) of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984:

  • you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate

transporting human cells or blood

 

Applies to people who have travelled to the UK for the purpose of transporting material which consists of, or includes, human cells or blood and which is to be used for the provision of healthcare by a healthcare provider:

  • you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you will need to show your staff pass or photo identification
  • you will also need to show confirmation from a healthcare provider explaining: the address of where the material was or is to be collected from; the date on which the material was or is to be collected; the address of where the material is to be transported to; the name of the healthcare provider that is to receive the material; the date on which the material is to be delivered to the healthcare provider; what material you are or will be carrying; and why you need to carry it.
  • if you are transporting a controlled drug, you will need to show a Home Office import licence

boarding school pupils and children under 18 travelling without an adult

 

If travelling to a boarding school direct from a red list country, or via a red list country in the 10 days before arriving:

  • if aged between 12 and 17, children must take a PCR or lateral flow COVID-19 test in the 2 days before boarding a flight - the adult travelling with the child must provide proof that the child’s COVID-19 test was negative
  • children aged 12 or over travelling on their own will need to carry proof that the test they took in the 2 days before boarding their flight was negative
  • if aged 11 or over they should take 2 COVID-19 PCR tests, on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 after arriving in Scotland - if not booked prior to arrival, a person with responsibility for the child can order day 2 and 8 testing kits after arriving in Scotland​​​​
  • children must isolate at their school for 10 days as soon as they arrive in Scotland - they do not need to isolate in a managed quarantine hotel
  • any adults travelling with a boarding school pupil to Scotland must follow the standard rules for travellers to Scotland

If travelling to a boarding school from a non-red list country, children aged:

  • under 18 do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling or isolate when they arrive
  • 11 or over should take one PCR or lateral flow test, on or before day 2, after arriving in Scotland - if not booked prior to arrival, a person with responsibility for the child can order a day 2 test after arrival in Scotland​​​​​

Passenger Locator Form and taking tests

If travelling from outside the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, a Passenger Locator Form needs to be completed.  

Read more about these rules in: Reducing the risks in schools - quarantine and international arrivals.

Children travelling to Scotland without an adult

Children aged 11 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests.

If a child under 18 is travelling from a red list country, and they do not have an adult travelling with them, they should isolate at their home address or in the place they’re staying in Scotland as soon as they arrive. Everyone else who lives at the address will also need to isolate for the full 10 days.

If a child arrives in Scotland, and does not have an address to travel to, a place where they can isolate will be arranged for them.

Children aged 11 to 17, who are non-red list arrivals, have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in Scotland.  This means that they have to take a PCR test or lateral flow test on or before day 2 after they arrive in Scotland. If this test is positive, they must follow Scotland's current self-isolation rules.

compassionate exemptions on medical grounds

 

There are some extremely limited circumstances where due to pre-existing severe medical conditions or vulnerabilities, an individual may be incapable of entering a managed isolation hotel because they cannot be supported there. We would not expect all individuals with a pre-existing medical condition to request or receive an exemption from entering a managed isolation hotel.

When to apply for an exemption

You must apply for an exemption at least 7 days ahead of travel so the evidence can be assessed, and an exemption granted. If you do not apply for an exemption 7 days before travel, it may not be possible to grant one in advance of travel and you will need to book and pay to enter a managed isolation hotel on arrival.

What conditions must be met to qualify for an exemption

An exemption will only be granted where:

  • the existing medical condition or vulnerability is severe
  • the medical condition or vulnerability will worsen in managed isolation to such a significant degree that emergency treatment may become necessary
  • evidence is supplied, providing clear evidence of existing treatment and conditions, explaining the risk to the patient – and this evidence must be satisfactory to the assessor
  • any clinical evidence provided in support of the application for an exemption is provided from a registered and suitably qualified healthcare professional with direct oversight of the individual’s care and provision for that condition – we do not generally expect this to be provided by your GP or equivalent in other countries
  • sufficient evidence is provided that the needs of the individual cannot be met either from a household member joining the individual in managed isolation

What kinds of medical conditions might qualify for an exemption

The kinds of medical conditions and supporting evidence that may be considered to require an exemption from managed isolation might be:

  • a debilitating breathing difficulty where regular physiotherapy is necessary to support the lungs, or daily access to oxygen or a nebuliser might be required, and a physiotherapist or consultant advises it is not possible to manage in a managed isolation hotel
  • a severe mental health condition where a healthcare professional advises it would not be possible to maintain stability within a managed isolation hotel and emergency treatment may be required
  • severe cognitive disability that makes it unlikely an individual may be able to maintain personal hygiene and may become distressed if left alone, on the advice of a registered healthcare professional of suitable clinical expertise
  • severe physical disability that requires additional equipment, such as a hoist, that would not be practicable in a managed isolation hotel setting

Supplying evidence and how it’s assessed

Evidence must be supplied from the healthcare professional, applying professional clinical judgement on the basis of past treatment, and an assessment of whether it is possible for adequate care to be provided in a managed isolation hotel. This assessment includes considering whether additional medical support could be provided by telephone, or by a family member joining an individual in isolation.

This will need to be assessed against the public health risk of variants of concern and conditions may be placed on any exemption.

Who exemptions apply to

Exemptions will only apply to the individual, and not the household travelling with the individual.

Exemptions for minors accompanied by parents, guardians or carers

Where the exemption is for a young person under the age of 18 who is travelling with a parent/guardian or carer, an exemption may also be given to the person accompanying them if either:

  • there is no means of alternative care evidenced for that minor in the home environment
  • the individual is physically unable to care for themselves and is travelling with a carer, there is evidence that there is no alternative provision, and it is advised that it is essential for that carer to quarantine with the individual

However, if a medically exempt individual is a minor, and travelling with more than one parent, or a larger household, only one parent/guardian/appropriate adult will be permitted an exemption and the rest of the household will be required to enter managed isolation.

How decisions are made

Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, and an exemption may not be granted in advance.

Decisions will be communicated in writing. You will need to present evidence on arrival at the border to Border Force that you have been granted an exemption and to have booked and paid for the day 2 and day 8 tests.

What else you must do

You will still need to complete the passenger locator form and arrangements must be made for travel. You cannot use public transport to travel to your place of self-isolation.

How to apply

All exemption enquiries and requests should be sent to: managedisolationenquiries@gov.scot.

in-flight security officer

 

Applies to an official or contractor of a foreign government whose travel to and from Scotland is pursuant to a standing bilateral agreement with the UK Government on the deployment of IFSOs:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • if you are fully vaccinated and arriving from a non-red list country, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • if you are not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • you must complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package if you are travelling from a red list country
  • if you are not fully vaccinated or travelling from a red list country, you must self-isolate when you are not working for 10 days or until you leave the country
  • you should use your official photo ID to demonstrate your status

If you are not any of these, and are isolating, you are only allowed to leave isolation for essential work related to:

border security duties – including if you are a non-UK official or contractor

 

Applies to non-UK officials and contractors required to work on essential border security duties:

  • you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you must self-isolate when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • you should use your official photo identification to demonstrate your status

extradition duties – including if you are a non-UK official

 

Applies to a representative of any territory travelling to the UK to take into custody a person pursuant to any provision of the Extradition Act 2003:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to the UK
  • you do not need to book a managed isolation package
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you must self-isolate when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work

Exemptions: arriving from non-red list countries

Other exemptions apply only if you have arrived from a country that is not on the red list and you are travelling because you are doing a particular job.These jobs are:

aerospace engineers

 

Applies to specialist aerospace engineers, or specialist workers responsible for ensuring the safe operation of aircraft:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • if you are not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8 
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you’ll need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you’ll be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

bus or coach drivers

 

Applies to drivers of public service vehicles and other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of passengers by coach and bus:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you’ll need to show that your travel is part of your job, for example a letter from your employer, a consignment note or your operator’s licence
  • if you're in Scotland for longer than 2 days and you are not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 your day 8 test on or after day 8 
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2

civil aviation inspectors

 

Applies to civil aviation inspectors engaged on inspection duties:

  • you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you should show your accreditation from the appropriate authority in your home country, for example the Transport Department or Civil Aviation Authority
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland

driver of goods vehicles

 

Applies to drivers of goods vehicles and other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of goods:

  • you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland.
  • you do not need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you will need to show that your travel is part of your job, for example a letter from your employer, a consignment note or your operator’s licence

foreign policing

 

Applies to officials of a foreign government, required to travel to Scotland to undertake policing activity that is essential to their government, where certified as such by a Scottish Government department or Police Scotland.

If you're fully vaccinated

Before you travel to Scotland, you need to:

After you arrive in Scotland, you must take your COVID-19 day 2 PCR or lateral flow test. You can take the test any time between your arrival and the end of day 2. The day you arrive is day 0.

If you're not fully vaccinated

Before you travel to Scotland, you need to:

After you arrive, you must quarantine in the place you're staying for 10 days, except while you are undertaking your exempt activity. You must take your COVID-19 PCR day 2 test on or before day 2, and your day 8 test on or after day 8. You only need to take your tests if you are still in Scotland. 

Red list countries

If you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you must quarantine in the place you are staying for 10 days whether you're fully vaccinated or not.  You can only leave your quarantine when undertaking your exempt activity. You must take your COVID-19 PCR day 2 test on or before day 2, and your day 8 test on or after day 8. You only need to take your tests if you are still in Scotland. 

 

offshore oil and gas work

 

Applies to workers who have travelled to Scotland in the course of their work to undertake or commence activities on or in relation to an offshore installation or upstream petroleum infrastructure; critical safety work on an offshore installation or a well being decommissioned or preserved pending demolition or reuse; or activities for the provision of workers, goods, materials or equipment or other essential services required to support the safe operation of these activities.

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book and take a day 2 and day 8 testing package
  • if you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to undertake the activities this exemption applies to
  • you will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you will be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you
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performing artists

 

Applies to individuals who derive a living from the performing arts:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days after you arrive and buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8 
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you’ll need to hold a certificate issued in accordance with the 'Travelling or returning to Scotland for work as a performing arts professional during COVID-19: Self-isolation Exemptions Guidance’ published by Creative Scotland

postal workers

 

Applies to postal workers involved in the transport of mail into and out of the UK

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • if you are not fully vaccinated and in Scotland longer than 2 days, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re fully vaccinated and in Scotland for longer than 2 days, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • you will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you will be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

elite sportspeople

 

Applies to international elite sportspersons and essential operational and support staff who have travelled to Scotland and are participating in competitions specified in Schedule 6 of the International Travel Regulations, UK sportspersons and essential operational and support staff returning to Scotland from elite sports events or from training or qualifying events for the Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games, or UK sportspersons who are based abroad returning to Scotland for an elite sports event or training.

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must follow testing protocols followed in your sport according to guidance from the national governing body
  • if you are a UK sportsperson, you do not need to self-isolate but should follow COVID-19 protocols for sport in Scotland. Otherwise, if you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to train or compete
  • you’ll need to provide written evidence from a national governing body for your sport of your status as an elite sportsperson or essential operational or support staff
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland

seasonal agricultural workers

 

Applies to seasonal agricultural workers, who have an offer of employment for seasonal work to carry out specific activities in edible horticulture on a named farm:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must immediately go to the farm where you are working after arriving in Scotland
  • if you are not fully vaccinated you must isolate on the farm for 10 days. You’ll then need to follow advice for seasonal agricultural workers coming to Scotland to work on farms
  • if you have a visa under the Seasonal Workers scheme, you should present your visa at the border as usual
  • if you have EU settled or pre-settled status, you should show a letter or email from your employer when you arrive at the UK border confirming that you will be employed as a seasonal agricultural worker. The letter should include your name, your date of birth, your employer in the UK, your start date, the address of the farm where you’ll be living, contact details of your employer and/or farm, and that you have EU settled or pre-settled status
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland

Related information:

film or high end TV production 

 

Applies to individuals who are engaged in film production or high end TV production:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days after you arrive and buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8 
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you’ll need to be in possession of a letter from the production company which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for the production company; and reference number from the certificate issued by the BFI on behalf of DCMS to prove the production has qualified as British

Further information is available on the British Film Commission website.

You are also exempt if you are travelling from a country that is not on the red list and you are:

travelling airside only through the UK

 

Applies to people transiting airside (individuals who arrive in the UK but do not pass border control):

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • you do not need to self-isolate as you are only transiting via the UK
  • you do not need to show anything as you will not pass through the UK border

If you are not exempt, have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland, and are self-isolating at home, you are only allowed to leave isolation if you are taking part in an essential activity, such as:

clinical trials or studies

 

Applies to sponsors and essential persons needed for clinical trials or studies:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you’ll need to show your staff pass or photo identification, and confirmation from the trial sponsor including the date and location of the trial and what your involvement in the trial is. For example, if you manage, coordinate or administrate trials or medical research

data infrastructure maintenance

 

Applies to people involved in essential maintenance and repair of data infrastructure required to reduce and resolve outages, or in the provision of goods and services to support these activities:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • if you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 10 days after you arrive and buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you must self-isolate when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • you’ll need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you’ll be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

downstream oil facility work

 

Applies to workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency works to ensure the continued safe and secure operations of a downstream oil facility that has a capacity in excess of 20,000 tonnes:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you will be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

electronic communications networks

 

Applies to people engaged in urgent or essential work on electronic communications network, including BBC broadcasting transmission network and services:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you’ll need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you’ll be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you.

flood risk management

 

Applies to workers engaged in essential or emergency works on behalf of a local authority relating to flood risk management, within the meaning of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 or the Coast Protection Act 1949.

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you’ll need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; a description of the work you’ll be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you.
  • you can instead show a letter from a local authority in Scotland or from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency confirming that you are a worker engaged in essential or emergency flood and coastal erosion risk management works on their behalf

IT and telecoms work

 

Applies to information technology or telecommunications professionals whose expertise is required to provide an essential or emergency response to threats and incidents relating to the security of any network and information system and ensure the continued operation of any network and information system:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you’ll need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you’ll be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

medical treatment

 

Applies to individuals arriving to attend pre-arranged treatment, when receiving that treatment in the UK. This includes all forms of healthcare including mental and physical health. There are also exemptions for live donors and those accompanying the individual, for example a carer or a child:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you do not need to book a testing package in Scotland
  • for 10 days, if you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are receiving healthcare
  • you should show a letter or S2 certificate from your healthcare provider explaining your treatment
  • If you are bringing a carer or care companion with you to the UK, they should show a letter from your care provider or their employer confirming that they are providing care

Patients and accompanying medics coming to Scotland in a medical evacuation, or people arriving to attend urgent treatment in Scotland that was not pre-arranged, do not need to take a coronavirus test before travelling.

work relating to medicines, including human and veterinary

 

Applies to qualified persons and responsible persons for human and veterinary medicines, clinical trials, clinical investigations, and human pharmacovigilance:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you will need to show your staff pass or photo identification and confirmation from the trial sponsor, including the date and location of the trial and what your involvement in the trial is. For example if you manage, coordinate or administrate trials or medical research

Network Rail work

 

Applies to workers engaged in essential or emergency works to the rail network as part of a specialist team with or for Network Rail working either on automated ballast cleaning and track re-laying systems, or maintaining or commissioning industrial machinery for use on national rail infrastructure.

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you will be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

nuclear personnel

 

Applies to nuclear personnel who are essential to the safe and secure operations of a licensed nuclear site, including nuclear emergency responders.

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you will need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you will be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

OPCW and IAEA inspections

 

Applies to international nuclear safeguards and chemical industry inspectors, representing the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you’ll need to show a letter at the border issued by the relevant department to your sponsoring organisation – either the IAEA or the OPCW. If your organisation issues you with identification or travel documentation, you should bring this with you

quality assurance inspections for human and veterinary medicines

 

Applies to quality assurance inspectors for human and veterinary medicines conducting quality assurance assessments or inspections for any category of medicine, medical product or substance of human origin:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you will need to show your staff pass or photo identification and confirmation of the date and location of your quality assurance assessment or inspection

specialist technical work in sub-sea telecommunications infrastructure, goods, waste, power infrastructure or space infrastructure

 

Applies to workers with specialist technical skills required for essential or emergency work in:

  • sub-sea telecommunications infrastructure, including personnel who are engaged in or whose role directly supports the installation, maintenance or repair of subsea fibre optic telecommunications infrastructure
  • goods, with works or services including construction, commissioning, installation, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods
  • waste, including construction, commissioning, installation, maintenance, repairs and safety checks or to fulfil contractual obligations or warranty specifications in, or in connection with, waste management facilities used for the management, sorting, treatment, recovery, or disposal of waste (including energy from waste)
  • power infrastructure to ensure the continued safe and secure operations of generating stations, gas or electricity transmission or distribution networks, electricity interconnectors, gas terminals or district or communal heat networks
  • space infrastructure to ensure continued safe and secure operations

For each of these exemptions, the following applies:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2
  • you’ll need to show a letter from your company at the border which includes your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you’ll be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

water supplies and sewerage service work

 

Applies to workers engaged in essential or emergency works, related to water supplies and sewerage services carried out by, for or on behalf of Scottish Water, a local authority, or a relevant person as defined in regulation 3(1) of the Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017, or regulation 4 of the Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006:

  • if you're not fully vaccinated, or you're travelling from a red list country, you need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
  • if you're fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-red list country, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Scotland
  • you need to complete the passenger locator form before you travel to Scotland
  • you must self-isolate for 10 days if you're not fully vaccinated when you are not at, or travelling to and from, a place where you are required to work
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 and day 8 PCR testing kit, taking your day 2 test on or before day 2 and your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • if you’re in Scotland for longer than 2 days, and you’re fully vaccinated, you must buy a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test – after arriving (day 0), take this test on or before day 2​​​​​​
  • you’ll need to show a letter at the border from your company, or from Scottish Water, a local authority, or a relevant person as described above.
  • this letter should include your personal details, such as name and address; contact details for your employer; and a description of the work you’ll be doing. If your employer issued you with photo identification, you should bring this with you

 


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: 26 Nov 2021 Last updated: 9 Jan 2022 -