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The following travel tips include key information about travelling to Scotland, including advice on what you need when you enter the country, as well as information about embassies and consulates, and how to claim a tax refund on your purchases.

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Passport, visas and customs

Find out about the passport and visa requirements for visitors to the UK plus customs and duty limits.

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Embassies and consulates

Detailed information on consular services, many of which include visa and contact forms.

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Healthcare & travel insurance

Find out about healthcare and medicines you can bring into the country, what to do in an emergency, and travel insurance.

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Tax-free shopping

Find out how visitors from outside the EU can claim UK sales tax on certain purchases made during holidays or business trips.

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Driving in Scotland

Before driving in Scotland and the rest of the UK, familiarise yourself with these driving regulations.

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Travelling with pets

Find out about the rules on bringing pets on holiday with you to Scotland.

VisitScotland Information Centre

Where to find us

VisitScotland Information Centres can be found throughout Scotland. Most of them are open all year round, so you’re sure to find one nearby whenever you need extra guidance on how to make the most of your trip.

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Mobile apps

Whether you're looking for ideas on where to find the best experiences around Scotland or just the easiest and cheapest ways to explore, there's an app for that and lots more besides!

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Scotland’s currency is the Great British Pound (sterling), which is used throughout Britain. Find information on currency in Scotland with helpful details on where to change money and what money to carry.