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Europe > Scotland: Covid-19 and Travel

     
Scotland

Present Situation


Total cases: 10.1 millions

Active cases: 1.6 millions

Recovered: 8.3 millions

Deaths: 144 593

Vaccination count: 50.9 millions

Current trend: Flattening

Data updated on 2021-11-27

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
 • Masks are required in public spaces
 • Masks are required in public transport

Provisions for travellers


Entry to the territory: Allowed
Fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to enter the country.

South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe will move onto the red list at 12.00 midday Friday 26 November. A temporary flight ban will be in place.

These rules apply for travel to England. Different rules may apply if flying to Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

Fully Vaccinated Travelers:

Fully vaccinated travelers returning from any country that's not on the red list are required to prebook and take a COVID-19 test (from an approved provider) on or before day 2 in the UK. They are no longer required to self-isolate or to take a pre-departure travel test. From the end of October, they will be allowed to take rapid lateral flow/antigen tests instead of PCR tests.

Vaccine passports from more countries are recognized, including not only the UK, the EU, and the United States, but also Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.

There are different rules for travelers who have been in a country on the red list in the previous 10 days (see below).

Unvaccinated Travelers and Travelers from Red-List Countries:

All unvaccinated travelers and travelers returning from red-list countries are required to present a negative pre-departure test. The test must have been taken no more than 3 days before the departure of the last flight to the U.K. Accepted tests include antigen, LAMP, PCR, and nucleic acid.

Unvaccinated travelers returning from any country that's not on the red list are required to take two PCR tests (on day 2 and day 8) and will need to self-isolate for 10 days (but they could end quarantine early under the Test to Release program if they have a negative test on day 5).

Passengers who have been in red-list countries (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#red-list) in the past 10 days, including fully vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine in government-designated hotels for 10 days as well as take two PCR tests (on day 2 and day 8). Passengers who have been in or transited through these high-risk countries in the past 10 days are generally banned from entry. Only UK citizens, Irish citizens, and UK residents are allowed to travel from red-list countries and they have to prebook (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england) the hotel quarantine, which costs about £2,285 (about $3,167).

These rules apply for travel to England. Different rules may apply if flying to Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

All passengers must complete the public health passenger locator form (https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk) before they arrive. The booking reference number for the tests or hotel quarantine post-arrival must be included in the passenger locator form.

Tests: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.

Quarantine: Depends
Quarantine required for some countries.

Information updated on 2021-11-26.

Action taken in the country


Lockdown: Partial
Businesses have now reopened and restrictions have been removed.

In Wales and Scotland, you may be asked for a vaccination passport or recent covid test for certain venues such as nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, and others.

Reopenings vary depending on the area see detailed rules for:

Wales (https://gov.wales/coronavirus)
Scotland (https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/)
Northern Ireland (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19)
England (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home)

Mask use
Masks are required in public spaces
Masks are required in public transport

Gatherings: Allowed
Allowed

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open









     

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