Wherever you are coming from, travelling to Scotland is convenient and simple, with lots of travel options available. Once here, the country's road, rail and ferry network provides good access to all regions and to our many great visitor destinations.

Visiting Scotland from the UK

You can now travel around Scotland and stay overnight from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. There are some exceptions if an area of Scotland is at level 3 - you shouldn't enter or leave this area for a holiday.

Visiting Scotland from Overseas

Travel from some countries to Scotland is now possible.

From Monday 17 May, a new list of countries with coloured grading will be launched.

  • Green - you will not need to quarantine on arrival, but you will have to take a PCR test for Covid-19.
  • Amber - you must self-isolate on arrival for 10 days, and take two PCR tests.
  • Red - you will be required to quarantine at a managed isolation hotel for 10 days.

You can see all of the countries on the current list.

What are the current limits on group sizes?

For an overnight stay in accommodation, you should still have one room or property per household.

You can meet people outdoors or enjoy outdoor hospitality - this is limited to 8 people from 8 households in level 2 or 12 people from 12 households for level 1.

You can also meet people indoors for food & drink, but this is limited to 6 people from 3 households in level 2 or 8 people from 3 households for level 1.

Additional requirements for international visitors

You will be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before travel. Further information is available from the Scottish Government on pre-departure testing.

If you're coming from outside the Common Travel Area, you will need to self-isolate in a designated quarantine hotel for 10 days at a cost of £1,750 per person. During this self-isolation you will be tested for COVID-19 on days two and eight.

Every visitor needs to provide their journey and contact details. This applies to those who land in another part of the UK, and travel on by other means to Scotland.

Find out more on health checks when entering Scotland.

Restriction levels of each area in Scotland

From Monday 17 May, the restriction levels for each area are:

  • Level 3 - Moray is likely to remain at level 3, but this will be confirmed on Friday 14 May
  • Level 2 - Mainland Scotland and Skye
  • Level 1 - Outer Hebrides, Shetland, Orkney, Inner Hebrides

You can read more about the restrictions for every level in the Covid-19 table.

See the Covid-19 Protection Levels as a Map.


Anyone visiting Scotland's islands is encouraged to take two lateral flow tests before travelling.

The first test should be three days before you travel and the second test on the day of travel.

If you test positive, you would be able to take a more-sensitive PCR test to confirm the result before cancelling your visit.

Find out more on details around how to order a rapid lateral flow test. You can order the lateral flow kit directly from the UK Government.


The current timetable is for Scotland to move to:

  • Level 2 - Monday 17 May
  • Level 1 - Monday 7 June
  • Level 0 - Late June