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  • A US passport and credit cards (image © Vera Berard via SXC)
    The rules for travelling to Scotland will depend on where you are visiting from (image © Vera Bernard via SXC)

There are a few rules for coming to Scotland which depend on where you are visiting from. Information is available on regulations concerning the length of your stay, how much money you can bring and what products you can take in and out of the country.

Visiting Scotland

There are a few simple rules for travelling to Scotland which will depend on where you are visiting from. Information is available on regulations concerning the length of your stay, how much money you can bring and what products you can take in and out of the country.

  • Visitors to Scotland and the UK must hold a valid passport before starting their journey and children may require their own passports.
  • All visitors who wish to enter the UK must meet the requirements of the UK immigration regulations.
  • EU citizens can stay in Scotland for as long as required
  • Visitors from other European countries, outwith the EU, can stay for up to three months.
  • Visitors from the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, can stay for up to six months, providing they have a return ticket and funds to cover the trip.
  • Visitors from any other country in the world will require a visa.

Application forms and information on how to apply for a visa, as well as guidance for visitors coming to the UK, is available on the UK Border Agency website.

Customs and duty free

Before you travel to Scotland, it’s a good idea to make sure you are aware of the rules and restrictions on what you can bring into the country, and if tax applies.

Rules vary depending on where you travel from - information is available for travelling within the European Union and from outside the European Union, and there is a list of banned and restricted goods.

Find out more about bringing medicine into the UK.

Bringing currency into the UK

If you are travelling to Scotland and the UK from within the EU you may bring as much money as you like, in any form. If you are entering from outside of the EU, you have to declare any amount over 10,000 euros to the customs officers.

Find out more about declaring cash on entrance to the UK.

Travellers' cheques can be changed at banks and bureaux de change, and there is usually no charge for cashing sterling travellers' cheques.

Finding out about tax free shopping for visitors to the UK.

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