As of Monday 8 June, residents and visitors entering Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area are subject to new measures due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a public health response, which aims to support Scotland’s continued efforts against coronavirus.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 came into force on Monday 8 June.
Unless you fall within an exemption within this guidance you will:
- need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to Scotland
- not be allowed to leave the place you are staying for the first 14 days you are in Scotland except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
The regulations apply to people who live in Scotland and who are returning from outside Scotland, as well as to people visiting Scotland. These measures apply to international travellers into Scotland irrespective of their point of entry into the UK.
There are a number of exempt countries, sectoral exemptions and other categories of person who are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate. Arrivals from outside the Common Travel Area (who have been in the Common Travel Area for longer than 14 days) do not need to complete the form or self-isolate. More information is provided in the exemptions section of this guidance.
Duties are also placed on transport operators to provide passengers with information throughout the passenger journey in terms of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Information for Passengers Travelling to Scotland) Regulations 2020 which were introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 8 June 2020.
The Department for Transport has guidance on the requirements placed on operators.
The regulations are reviewed every 21 days. Following our first review, some changes have been made to the regulations which came into force on 10 July and are reflected here.
Before you visit or return to Scotland read the latest public health advice which includes a range of advice on COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and others, as well as guidance on health and wellbeing.