There may be some changes to the way you travel to Scotland now the UK has left the EU, but a holiday here will be just as magical as ever. We’re here to answer all your questions and make sure your trip here is as easy as it always was.
Scotland has breath-taking landscapes, unique experiences and charming destinations, and our people are as friendly as always, ready to welcome you and show you around our fascinating country once it’s safe from Covid-19 to do so.
We've got all the practical information you need to plan a trip to Scotland, plus a few ideas that deserve to be on any itinerary, whether it's your first trip or your 10th!
ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS
DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT SCOTLAND AFTER BREXIT?
- EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can stay in the UK as a visitor for up to 6 months without a visa.
- Irish citizens have no visa requirements and can travel to the UK as they did before Brexit.
- Other foreign nationals might need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.
- You can check here if you need a UK visa.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO SHOW TO ENTER SCOTLAND AFTER THE UK LEAVES THE EU?
- From 1 October 2021, you will need a valid passport to enter the UK. Passports or ID cards should not expire during your stay in the UK. At the border, officials might ask for proof that you are visiting the UK for tourism, such as a hotel reservation.
- EU citizens can use their national ID card until then.
- Irish citizens may continue to use their national ID card after 1 October 2021.
WHAT ABOUT SCHOOL GROUPS VISITING SCOTLAND?
- There will be no changes for EU, EEA or Swiss school travellers
- Other foreign nationals will not be able to use the List of Travellers scheme anymore to visit the UK from 1 October 2021.
Please read the UK Government's advice for school groups for more information.
CAN I BRING A PET TO SCOTLAND WITH ME?
Pet owners will be able to travel with their pet between the EU and the UK with an EU pet passport issued in an EU member state.
WHAT CHANGES ARE THERE TO WHAT I CAN BRING TO SCOTLAND?
Some rules have changed when you bring goods for your own use from the EU to the UK. Find out more about bringing goods into the UK.
WILL MY EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD STILL BE RECOGNISED?
Yes, to access healthcare in Scotland you will need a valid passport or national ID card and a document that proves you have health insurance, such as the EHIC.
Note: The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and you should have both when travelling to the UK.
TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND
WILL TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND CHANGE AT ALL?
Flights, trains, ferries and coaches will continue to operate between the EU and the UK, and vice-versa. Passengers across the continent can continue to book and travel with confidence as they travel on their holidays to the UK.
Make sure you have the correct travel insurance and check the terms and conditions before heading off.
WHILE YOU'RE HERE
CAN I BRING MY CAR AND DRIVE IN SCOTLAND?
The rules on driving in Scotland remain the same. Your non-UK driving licence is still valid.
WILL I BE ABLE TO USE MY MOBILE PHONE IN SCOTLAND?
Tariffs for making phone calls, texting or using mobile data may have changed. Please check with your non-UK provider.
For the latest information, please see the UK Government advice for visiting the UK after Brexit.