The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and has entered into a year-long transition period, as the UK and EU negotiate their future relationship. During 2020 nothing will change in the way you visit Scotland. We're open, and a holiday here will be just as magical as ever.
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.
We've got all the practical information you need to plan a trip to Scotland in 2020, plus a few ideas that deserve to be on any itinerary, whether it's your first trip or your tenth you're planning!
Top tip: please ensure you check the UK Government latest information before you travel.
ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS
DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT SCOTLAND AFTER BREXIT?
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, but arrangements for EU nationals visiting Scotland (and the rest of the UK) remain unchanged during the transition period.
The transition period lasts until the end of 2020 so these arrangements will be unlikely to change until the start of 2021.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO SHOW TO ENTER SCOTLAND AFTER THE UK LEAVES THE EU?
What you need to show at the UK border has not changed.
You'll need to show a valid passport or national identity card if you're a citizen of either:
- An EU country
- Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
Other citizens will need to show a valid passport.
You can still enter the UK using a passport which expires in less than 6 months.
WHAT ABOUT SCHOOL GROUPS VISITING SCOTLAND?
Non-EEA national school children resident in the EEA or Switzerland will continue to be able to travel to the UK under the List of Travellers scheme until at least 2021.
What school children need to show at the border will not change. Pupils with their own travel document must be included on the List of Travellers form. Pupils without their own travel document must also have photographic ID or a recent photograph attached to the List of Travellers form.
To be acceptable as a travel document, the form must also be authenticated by the responsible authority in the appropriate member state to confirm the pupil's residence status and their right to re-entry.
Read the UK Government's advice for school groups.
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 under the current EU pet travel rules using a current UK-issued EU pet passport or a pet passport issued in an EU 27 Member State. If an owner is travelling with their pet for the first time they will have to visit their vet to get a pet passport.
WHAT CHANGES ARE THERE TO WHAT I CAN BRING TO SCOTLAND?
There are no changes to what food or plants you can bring, or what you can have in your hand luggage.
WILL MY EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD STILL BE RECOGNISED?
EU citizens are still able to use a valid EHIC card until at least 2021.
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 EU driving license is still valid.
WILL I BE ABLE TO USE MY MOBILE PHONE IN SCOTLAND?
You'll pay the same for calls, texts and mobile data in the UK and the EU if you have a SIM card issued by a mobile phone network from an EU or EEA country.
For the latest information, please see the UK Government advice for visiting the UK after Brexit.