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Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine

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

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

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Country exemptions

Since 10 July 2020 you may not have to self-isolate when you arrive or return to Scotland from the below list of countries and territories. This is because these countries have similar or lower levels of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to Scotland (known as the travel corridor exemption), or are within the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man).

If you are travelling from one of the countries below you must still complete the passenger locator form before arriving.

Be aware that the list of exempt countries may change at short notice, on public health grounds. Where this is the case, information will be provided below.

If the country you are arriving from is not on the below list then you will need to fill in the passenger locator form and self-isolate when you arrive.

If you depart from an exempt country and your journey includes a transit stop through a non-exempt country, you will need to self-isolate if you interact with others in that non-exempt country.

Recent changes

  • Slovenia and Guadeloupe: those arriving from 04:00 on 19 September will need to self-isolate.
  • Singapore and Thailand: those arriving from 04:00 on 19 September will not need to self-isolate.

Exempt countries and territories


  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia


  • Barbados
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Brunei 


  • Cuba
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus


  • ​​​​​Denmark
  • Dominica


  • Estonia 


  • ​​​​Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland


  • ​​​​​​Germany
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe (this does not apply to arrivals from 04:00 on 19 September 2020)


  • ​​​​​​Hong Kong


  • Iceland 
  • Italy


  • ​​​​​​Japan


  • Latvia 
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania


  • ​​​​​​Macau
  • Malaysia 
  • Mauritius


  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway


  • Poland


  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore (applies to arrivals from 04:00 on 19 September 2020)
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia (this does not apply to arrivals from 04:00 on 19 September 2020)
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • South Korea
  • Sweden (applies to arrivals after 04:00 on 12 September 2020)


  • Taiwan
  • Thailand (applies to arrivals from 04:00 on 19 September 2020)
  • Turkey


  • Vatican City State
  • Vietnam

British overseas territories

The following 13 UK overseas territories will also be exempt:

  • The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in the Island of Cyprus
  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda       
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Common Travel Area

If you have arrived from the Common Travel Area (the CTA includes Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and have spent 14 days or less in the CTA, you need to complete the passenger locator form and complete your self-isolation period of 14 days – unless you are from an exempt country or territory above.

If you have spent longer than 14 days in the CTA (or an exempt country or territory above) immediately before your arrival, you do not need to complete the form or self-isolate.

First published: 17 Sep 2020 Last updated: 17 Sep 2020 -