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International Travel and Quarantine Exemptions for Scotland

Country exemptions - Last updated 14th January 2021

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

If you are travelling from one of the countries below you must still complete the passenger locator form before arriving. Please note that we have applied regional exemptions within countries if the evidence suggests it is safe to do so.

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

South Africa

Regulations introduced at 18:00 on Wednesday 23 December mean that the households of individuals who have entered Scotland from South Africa will also be required to isolate for 10 days. Unlike travel into Scotland from other countries, there will be no exemptions to the quarantine policy for people travelling from South Africa.

These additional measures have been introduced to prevent the spread of a variant strain of coronavirus which has been detected in South Africa.

From 09:00 on Thursday 24 December 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 will be subject to the same measures as South Africa: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

From 04:00 Monday 11 January 2021, all arrivals from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) will be required to self-isolate on arrival. In addition, those passengers that have travelled back to Scotland from Dubai since 3 January 2021 are also being asked to isolate for 10 days, from the date they arrived back in the country. From 04:00 Tuesday 12 January arrivals from the rest of the UAE will be required to self-isolate

From 04:00 on Friday 15 January 2021, arrivals from Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba; and Qatar  will be required to self isolate for 10 days

Brazil
Following identification of a new variant of coronavirus in Brazil, the Scottish Government, as part of a four nations response has decided to impose additional restrictions 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 will 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.

From 04:00 on Friday 15 January 2021, 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 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.
 
 
Exempt countries and territories

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
  • Chile (subject to South American travel ban from 0400 on Friday 15 January)
  • 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
  • Madeira and Azores (subject to South American travel ban from 0400 on Friday 15 January)
  • 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:

  • 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 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.

Notes

The global coronavirus pandemic is ongoing. No travel is risk-free, and disruption is still possible. If you plan to travel:
1. Please read the coronavirus travel guidance to make sure you are prepared for your travel.
2. Please read the Travel Advice for your destination, for information on local coronavirus measures that you will need to follow.
3. Different nations of the UK may have different rules, please check with the country you are travelling from for their latest guidance.
4. The list of exempt countries can change at any timne. The latest list can be found at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/exemptions/

Scottish Government

Oct 27 2020
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