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

Quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering Scotland.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation (quarantine)
Managed isolation: what you must do

Managed isolation: what you must do

By completing managed quarantine you can play your part in ensuring we keep people safe and stop COVID-19 spreading. 

A Common Travel Area (CTA) exists between the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. If you arrive directly in Scotland from any country outside the CTA, you must quarantine for 10 days and have a valid Managed Quarantine Facility booked prior to departure (unless exempt). 

If you arrive elsewhere in the Common Travel Area with the intention to travel on to Scotland and have travelled through an acute risk country or territory in the 10 days before you arrived, you must quarantine and have a valid Managed Quarantine Facility booked prior to departure (unless exempt).  If arriving in England, you will quarantine at your point of entry before you can travel on to your final destination.  If arriving elsewhere in the CTA you are currently able to travel on to Scotland where you must enter your pre-booked Managed Quarantine Facility.

If you arrive in Scotland from within the Common Travel Area, but have travelled through a non-acute risk country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you must self-isolate at home or at accommodation you specify on your Passenger Locator Form, unless you have an exemption.  In addition, you must book a testing package and take tests on days 2 and day 8 of your self-isolation period.

Book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days from the point of arrival.  If you are experiencing any difficulty booking through the booking portal, please ring +44 1274 726424

The requirements to self-isolate (whether in a Managed Quarantine Facility or at home) and to undertake pre-arranged testing do not apply if you have only travelled within the Common Travel Area in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland.

Travel routes

Amber (non-acute) list country

Red (acute) list country

Arrived directly into Scotland from outwith Common Travel Area (CTA) (the CTA is the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands)

Book and isolate at managed accommodation at port of arrival in Scotland

Book and isolate at managed accommodation at port of arrival in Scotland

Arrived into the rest of the UK in order to travel on to Scotland

Book tests and isolate at single location, e.g. home address, after travelling directly there

Book and isolate at managed accommodation at port of arrival in UK

Arrived into RoI in order to travel on to Scotland

Book tests and isolate at single location, e.g. home address, after travelling directly there

Book and isolate at managed accommodation at port of arrival in Scotland

Arrived directly into Scotland from elsewhere in the CTA – no travel outside CTA in the last 10 days

no self-isolation or testing requirements

If you have entered via a non-acute risk country you are required to self-isolate at your accomodation and take a COVID test on day two and day eight. 

Pre journey

Before travelling to Scotland, you must complete the following requirements:

  • undertake a valid COVID-19 test no more than three days before departure to the UK, and present a certified negative result in order to board the plane
  • before departure, you must book and pay for your managed isolation online through the UK government portal. This will cost £1,750 for the first traveller in a room, £650 for an additional adult or a child over 12, and £325 for a child aged 5-12.
  • before departure, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and submit it to the Home Office. Within the PLF you will need to declare which countries you have been to during the 10 days prior to arriving in the UK. You can also declare that you are exempt from the isolation requirement.

Carriers will check passengers have a completed PLF, pre-departure test and managed isolation booking before boarding. Passengers have a duty to complete a further PLF if any of the details need to be updated.

For those in receipt of income-related benefits, there is the opportunity to apply for a deferred payment plan through the UK Government.

When you arrive

On arrival, you should proceed to border control where Border Force will check your test certificate, PLF and accommodation booking. Border Force can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £480 for non-compliance with the requirements.

From border control, security personnel will escort passengers to baggage reclaim and on to pre-arranged transport to the quarantine hotel.

On arrival at your designated hotel, you will be registered and directed to the room in which you must isolate and you will be given two UK home testing kits. Tests must be completed on day 2 and day 8 of isolation. Children aged 11 and under are not required to take the tests, but they may.

If you test positive at any point, you will be required to stay in the quarantine hotel until at least 10 days after the test was taken.

Additional daily charges will apply: £152 for the first adult, £41 for an additional adult or child over 12, and £12 for a child aged 5-12.

Three meals per day as well as fruit and soft drinks, water, tea and coffee are provided in room.  You can also purchase additional food and drink through the hotel’s commercial offering on room service.

At the managed quaratine hotel

When you arrive at the managed quarantine hotel you will be required to quarantine in your room for 10 days. The managed quarantine hotel will provide your meals. It is not possible to select a particular room at the managed quarantine hotel or to seek a higher standard room upon arrival. You can quarantine with the people you travelled with and hotels will prioritise allocating larger or connecting rooms to families.

Unaccompanied children

If you are the parent or guardian of an unaccompanied child arriving in Scotland, you can join your child in quarantine.

Visitors

You cannot have visitors in quarantine, including friends or family.

Deliveries

If you have items delivered to you during the quarantine period, they will be brought to the door of your room by the managed quarantine hotel staff. Staff will try to bring the items to you in a timely manner. However, given the need to maintain compliance with COVID guidelines, deliveries may not be able to be brought to your door immediately when they arrive at the hotel.

  • the hotels selected for managed quarantine are able to meet the vast majority of requirements
  • you will be able to seek medical attention, including for repeat prescriptions and/or if you need to fill a prescription

COVID tests

You will be required to complete a COVID test on day 2 and day 8 of your managed isolation. The first test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. You will not be allowed to shorten your quarantine period if you receive a negative test result, as you may still develop COVID-19. You will also need to take a COVID-19 test on or after day 8. Children under 11 will not be required to take the day 2 or day 8 test but may choose to do so.

Funeral attendance/visit those dying

You can request permission to leave quarantine for the day if a close family member or close friend is dying, or to attend their funeral.


First published: 14 Feb 2021 Last updated: 1 Mar 2021 -