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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

Country exemptions

From 04:00 on Monday 18 January all country exemptions (sometimes referred to as Travel Corridors) have been suspended until further notice. Read the news release for more information.

Passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area will be required complete the passenger locator form and to self-isolate for ten days on return. They must also have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure.

If you arrive in Scotland from the following countries and territories before 0400 on Monday 18 January you will be required to complete the passenger locator form but you are exempt from the requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test and the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days:

A

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba (arrivals will be required to self- isolate for 10 days from 0400 on Friday 15 January)
  • Australia

B​​​​​

  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Bhutan 
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatitius and Saba (arrivals will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from 0400 on Friday 15 January)
  • Brunei ​​​

C

  • Cambodia
  • Cuba

D

  • Dominica

F

  • ​​​​Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
    ​​​​​

G

  • Greek Islands: Cos, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Zakythos (arrivals from the rest of Greece will need to self-isolate)
  • Greenland
  • Grenada

H

  • ​​​​​​Hong Kong

I

  • Iceland

J

  • ​​​​​​Japan

K

  • Kiribati

L

  • Laos

M

  • Macau
  • Malaysia 
  • Maldives 
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia

N

  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Mariana Islands 
  • Norway

Q

  • Qatar (arrivals will be required to self-isolate for 10 days from 0400 on Friday 15 January)

R

  • Rwanda

​​​​​​​​​​​S

  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • South Korea

​​​​​​​T

  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga

V

  • Vanuatu 
  • Vietnam

British overseas territories

The following 13 UK overseas territories will also be exempt:

  • 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
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Common Travel Area

Arrivals from the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) remains exempt from the requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test and the requirement to isolate for 10 days.

If you have arrived from the Common Travel Area (CTA) but were in another country before that, and have spent 10 days or less in the CTA, you need to complete the passenger locator form and complete your self-isolation period of 10 days – unless you are from an exempt country or territory above.

If you have spent longer than 10 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.

You should be aware that there are currently travel restrictions in place across Scotland, the UK and the Common Travel Area. Read more about these travel restrictions

Additional travel restrictions

A number of countries are also subject to additional travel restrictions following the identification of new variants of coronavirus:

South Africa

Following identification of a new variant of coronavirus we have introduced a number of additional restrictions on arrivals from South Africa. Regulations introduced at 18:00 on Wednesday 23 December require households of individuals who have entered Scotland from South Africa are to self-isolate for 10 days. Unlike travel into Scotland from other countries, there are no exemptions to the self-isolation policy for people travelling from South Africa.

From 09:00 on Thursday 24 December 2020 the UK Government has introduced a travel ban on all non-British and Irish nationals, visa holders and permanent residents who arrive in the UK from South Africa. British and Irish nationals, visa holders and permanent residents are still required to isolate with their households for 10 days. Further information is available on gov.uk.

From 04:00 on Saturday 9 January 2021, arrivals from the following countries are subject to the same measures as South Africa: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

From 0400 on Friday 22 January all arrivals from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania will be subject to the same restrictions as the above countries​​​​​​​

Brazil

Following identification of a new variant of coronavirus in Brazil, the Scottish Government, , imposed the same additional restrictions as South Africa on all arrivals from countries in South America – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. These measures also apply to several countries and territories with strong travel links to South America; namely Portugal, including Azores and Madeira, Panama, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and the British Overseas Territory of the Falkland Islands. These additional measures were introduced at 0400 on Friday 15 January 2021. As with arrivals from South Africa, passengers who arrived in Scotland in the 10 days prior to these measures being introduced are strongly advised to self-isolate for 10 days as well. Please note that these measures mean that sectoral exemptions do not apply for arrivals from these countries from 0400 on Friday 15 January 2021.

From 0400 on Friday 15 January 2021, the UK Government has also introduced a travel ban on all non-British and Irish nationals, visa holders and permanent residents who arrive in the UK from the above countries and territories.  British and Irish nationals, visa holders and permanent residents are still required to isolate with their households for 10 days. Further information is available on gov.uk.


First published: 14 Jan 2021 Last updated: 19 Jan 2021 -