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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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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 (UK, Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

Please note that we have applied regional exemptions within countries if the evidence suggests it is safe to do so.

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 arrive in Scotland from a non-exempt country you will need to complete your self-isolation period of 14 days even if the non-exempt country you departed from is added to the exemption list within this 14 day period.

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

Denmark

  • arrivals from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November: the additional restrictions on travel from Denmark will end. Household members will not be required to isolate and travellers may be eligible for sectoral exemptions where those apply. Otherwise, arrivals from Denmark will need to complete a self-isolation period of 14 days

Estonia and Latvia

  • arrivals from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November: you will need to complete a self-isolation period of 14 days

Other changes

If you arrive from one of the following places from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November you will not need to self-isolate:

Aruba, Bhutan, Bonaire, Sint Eustatitius and Saba, Israel, Jerusalem, Kiribati, Micronesia, Mongolia, Namibia, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Tonga,United States Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Vanuatu

Exempt countries and territories

A

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Australia

B​​​​​

  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Bhutan (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatitius and Saba (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Brunei 

C

  • Cambodia
  • Canary Islands
  • Chile
  • Cuba

D

  • Dominica

E

  • Estonia (arrivals from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November must isolate for 14 days)

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

J

  • ​​​​​​Japan

K

  • Kiribati (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)

L

  • Laos
  • Latvia (arrivals from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November must isolate for 14 days)

M

  • Macau
  • Madeira and Azores (not Portugal mainland) 
  • Malaysia 
  • Maldives 
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Mongolia (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)

N

  • Namibia (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Mariana Islands (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Norway

Q

  • Qatar

R

  • Rwanda (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)

​​​​S

  • Samoa (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Sri Lanka (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • St Barthélemy
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Pierre and Miquelon
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • South Korea

T

  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Tonga (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)

U

  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States Virgin Islands (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • Uruguay (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)​​​​​​​

V

  • Vanuatu (from 04:00 on Saturday 28 November)
  • 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

If you have arrived from the Common Travel Area (the CTA includes the UK, Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), but were in another country before that, 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.

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


First published: 26 Nov 2020 Last updated: 26 Nov 2020 -