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Travel To Scotland Travel Advice Updated regularly. Stay safe with the latest travel advice. Check out my guides to help you plan the trip of your dreams.

Rules for Travelling to Scotland and arriving from abroad ended at 4 am on Friday 18 March. If you’re arriving in Scotland after this time, no COVID-19 travel rules apply

This means if youre arriving in Scotland after this time, you DO NOT need to:

  • complete a Passenger Locator Form
  • take any COVID-19 tests before you leave for Scotland, or after you arrive
  • isolate when you arrive

Future changes to travel advice

New COVID-19 travel rules in Scotland, or any other country, maybe brought in at short notice. You should always check the latest advice for each country youre planning to travel to before booking your trip and before you go.

Coronavirus in Scotland

All covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away. 

Use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others:

  • Get your vaccine when offered to ensure you are fully protected
  • stay at home if youre unwell with symptoms or have a fever
  • open windows when socializing indoors
  • wear a face-covering in indoor public places and on public transport
  • wash your hands to protect yourself

Care for yourself and others to help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on our health services.

Some venues & tours may require you to be vaccinated

What is required for proof of vaccination?

A copy of your vaccination record (either paper or digital) is required.

For example,

    • Medicare COVID-19 digital certificate (AU travelers)
    • a COVID pass (UK travelers)
    • CDC vaccination record (USA travelers)
    • EU Digital COVID Pass (EU travelers)

Entry and exit requirements for different countries?

Each destination has its own vaccination, testing, and health screening requirements for entry, exit, and transit. Its important that you check these on your government's foreign travel advice website as these may include requiring evidence of recent COVID-19 test results.   

We recommend checking this information frequently and right up until your departure date, due to requirements potentially changing. 

The US requirements to re-enter:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html

COVID-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry

Effective December 6, the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test result in a negative taken no more than 1 day before departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

You will need a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19.  

Australia’s re-entry requirements:

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/global-covid-19-health-advisory

https://australia.gov.au/states

COVID-19 testing sites in Scotland to return home?

This varies depending on where you are located and what types of COVID-19 tests are available. Contact your local medical professional, which could include a pharmacist or government health authority for more information.

Some testing suppliers in Scotland include:

  • Randox offers the largest Covid-19 testing network in the UK & Ireland. Single PCR home testing, as well as Green and Amber packages, are available. Returns are available via drop-off points located throughout the UK.
    •   Randox Edinburgh City Centre 10 Frederick Street. Edinburgh, EH22HB
    •    Randox Edinburgh Airport. Terminal Building (Next to International Arrivals 1 & Zone A check-in) Edinburgh Airport, EH12 9DN
    •   Randox Glasgow City Centre 150 Howard Street Glasgow, G1 4ET
  • Qured is offering travel testing solutions online. This includes PCR and LFD tests which can be used for Fit-to-Fly, Test to Release, Day 2 and Day 8, Return to the UK - all your travel testing needs. PCR tests start at £59 and include return postage. Day 2 rapid antigen tests are also available for £22. Fit to Fly PCR - Same-day results £88. You can order the tests online.
  • Express Test provides fast and accurate gold standard PCR screening available from just £60 at their drive-through sites located at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Edinburgh airports, and at regional testing sites right across the UK. ExpressTest results are typically emailed with a Fit to Fly certificate by 10 pm the day after the test.
    • 4-hour PCR Fit to Fly -Results within 4 hours. From£119.00
    • Same Day PCR Fit to Fly. Results by midnight the same day.
    • Book at a test center. From e£89.00

Current threat level: medium - find out more about the threat level framework

Even though Scotlands rules have ended, other countries may still have travel rules beyond 18th March 22. You should check the Government travel advice for every country you are planning to visit. 

You may need to prove which vaccinations you’ve had when you arrive in another country. If you’re visiting Scotland from another country, you should check your own government’s advice about traveling home after visiting Scotland.

Use this link for more information 

CURRENT TRAVEL ADVICE FOR SCOTLAND. Updated February 2022

 Buy a covid-19Below is some travel advice I have found on the Scottish government sites.  I will update it when more information becomes available. If you are thing about traveling to Scotland any time soon please check the government sites for any new information.

We are planning our trips for this year. My first venture back to Scotland will be in August with our Spirit of Outlander Tours

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Prices have increased in all areas of travel. So many companies have been struggling through the shutdown and unfortunately, not all have survived.

Make sure you keep track of any bookings you already have and stay in touch with the companies. 

I would be booking ahead. Don't count on turning up and finding accommodation etc. Even attractions will have restrictions and will sell out fast.

I have included a list of websites at the bottom of this post.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel guidance  - source: Scottish Government  -gov.scot

I have only included things that would apply to adults wishing to travel to Scotland. For more information check the government website.

Arriving in Scotland from abroad:

These travel rules apply to everyone arriving in Scotland from abroad. They do not cover travel rules for people arriving in another country from Scotland.

As well as Scotland’s travel rules, you must also check the latest COVID-19 travel rules for any other country you plan to travel to.

If you live in the UK, you can check the travel rules for foreign countries on GOV.UK.

If you do not live in the UK, you should check your own government’s rules about traveling abroad and returning home before booking travel.

Travel to Scotland from within the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands

These travel rules only apply if you’ve been outside the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland.

If you’re fully vaccinated

If you’re fully vaccinated, you do not need to isolate yourself when you arrive in Scotland, but there are 2 things you must do before you travel:

  1. Make sure that you’re able to prove you’re fully vaccinated
  2. Complete a passenger locator form on GOV.UK. Your flight details and the address you are staying at in Scotland. Each passenger must complete a passenger locator form.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

  1. You must take a covid 19 test before you arrive in Scotland
  2. Complete a passenger locator form
  3. Buy a covid-19 day 1 PCR test- the day you arrive is day 0.

You do not need to isolate yourself when you arrive

If you have a positive test you need to follow the current rules for self-isolating in Scotland

PCR tests without a clear result

If you receive a void or inconclusive PCR test result, you are asked, as a matter of guidance, to self-isolate for 10 days or until you take another private PCR test and the result is negative.

Exemptions

If you’re part of a current COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, or you have been in the past, you may count as fully vaccinated. This covers phase 2 and phases 3 trials in a World Health Organisation Stringent Regulatory Authority country or trials given by the European Medicines Agency. If you count as fully vaccinated because of a clinical trial, you must be able to provide proof that you are or were part of a clinical trial when traveling to Scotland.

A small number of people who are not fully vaccinated, such as those traveling as part of essential job roles, are also exempt from isolating after arriving in Scotland.

What ‘fully vaccinated’ means - approved vaccines

To count as fully vaccinated, you must have had your second dose of one of these vaccines:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer Bio NTech
  • Moderna
  • Beijing
  • Sinovac
  • Nuvaxovid
  • Covovax

You must have had your second dose of one of these vaccines: in the UK, or a country with a vaccine program that’s accepted in the UK, such as the EU or the US at least 14 days before you arrive in Scotland -. the day you have your second dose does not count as one of the 14 days

If you’ve only had one dose, you must follow the rules for someone who has not been fully vaccinated.

Formulations of these vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, and Moderna Takeda, also count as approved vaccines.

You can also:

  • mix 2 different types of an approved vaccine, for example, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
  • have your 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programs, such as in Australia and Japan, the UK and USA, or France and Canada

If you live in Scotland or England and you're unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons - you must provide an NHS COVID Pass, and secure a medical exemption certificate, or a Department of Health and Social Care confirmation letter as proof.

If you’ve had the Janssen vaccine – a single-dose vaccine

You must have had your single dose of the Janssen vaccine:

in the UK, or a country with a vaccine program that’s accepted in the UK, such as the EU or the US  at least 14 days before you arrive in Scotland

Other vaccines

If you've not been vaccinated with one of the vaccines mentioned on this page, you need to check GOV.UK to check whether your vaccine is approved in the UK.

If you've not been vaccinated with an approved vaccine, you'll need to follow the rules for someone who is not fully vaccinated if you're traveling to Scotland.

Pre-departure tests

Pre-departure tests for flights from abroad

If you’re fully vaccinated, or under 18, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to Scotland.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will need to provide proof when you board a flight to Scotland from abroad that you've taken a COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow test. Your proof will need to show that:

  • your COVID-19 test was taken no more than 2 days before your flight
  • the result of your test was negative

You may also be asked to provide proof of your negative test when you arrive in Scotland.

Travel within the UK and the Common Travel Area

You do not need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling if you’ve only been in these countries in the 10 days before you travel to Scotland:

  • Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • England
  • Wales
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Guernsey

This also applies to a small number of UK overseas territories:

  • Ascension
  • Falkland Islands
  • St Helena

WEBSITES FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

Scottish Government website: The first place to check is the Coronavirus in Scotland page.

NHS [National Health Service]: For up-to-date information on what to do if you are in Scotland and have symptoms or need to book a test, visit the NHS website.

News: For the latest news in Scotland, I recommend following the BBC.

Visit Scotland: Visit Scotland also has a page with helpful information and updates on the Covid-19 situation in Scotland.

These details are for information only and subject to change. Please use the links to check before you make any travel plans.

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