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.
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
The following 13 UK overseas territories will also be exempt:
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.
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/