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Travel

Travelling To Scotland From Overseas

Though it's not possible to travel very far right now, we can all still dream about our next trip to Scotland and hope that we'll be able to welcome you again very soon. You can find more information on visiting Scotland during the Covid-19 recovery phases.

There are a number of countries who do not need to self-isolate on arrival into Scotland - you can check the full list of countries who can travel to Scotland without quarantine.

There are countries including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Italy where if you travel to Scotland, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days when you arrive. This applies whether you arrive by direct flight or via an English sea- or airport, and for anyone who visited a non-exempt country in the 14 days prior to arriving in Scotland.

Everyone who enters the UK will need to:

  • Provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK.

If you are planning a trip to Scotland in the next few months, stay up-to-date with the latest on foreign travel advice in relation to COVID-19 from your own government, which should outline any travel restrictions in place for affected countries. Please make sure you check with your travel and accommodation providers for confirmed opening dates and book before travelling.You can get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Scotland at the Scottish Government website.

Scotland's international airports - Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick and Inverness - are all served by flights from a growing number of European and long haul destinations.

Many European airport hubs also provide fantastic onward connections to Scotland, including airports in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Reykjavik and Frankfurt.

Flights from the USA and Canada

Fly direct to Scotland from North America 

Services by British Airways, KLM, Icelandair, WOW Air and Air France – amongst others – fly to many main European hubs, which can then be used for onward travel to Scotland.

Direct flights

Please note; some of the above flights are operational on a seasonal service. Please check with the individual airlines.

Flights from Europe

Scotland's international airports enjoy excellent year-round air links with most European and Scandinavian countries. There are also seasonal flights from Sumburgh Airport in Shetland to Norway, and from Inverness Airport to Switzerland.

For those flying to Scotland via a connecting airport in Europe, the major European hubs are London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport, Frankfurt am Main, Amsterdam Schiphol and Madrid Barajas airports.

We advise to check routes and air fares directly with the airlines.

Flights from the Middle East

There are several direct routes linking the Middle East and Scotland.

Flights from Australasia

The best way to get to Scotland from Australasia is to fly via the Middle Eastern hubs.

Flights from Asia, Africa, Central America and South America

The easiest way to get to Scotland from Asia and Africa is to travel via airport hubs in Europe or the Middle East.

The major European hubs are London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt am Maine, Amsterdam Schiphol and Madrid Barajas airports.

Those travelling from South America are best to travel via the European hubs, whereas routes from Central America also fly via US hubs.

Travel to Scotland by ferry

Direct ferry services run between Scotland and Northern Ireland or you can travel from a number of European countries to seaports in England, which are all just a short drive, train ride or bus journey away from Scotland.

We advise to check timetables and fares directly with the ferry companies:

  • From Rotterdam or Zeebrugge to Hull with P&O Ferries (Hull is around four hours' drive from the Scottish border).
  • From Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) to Newcastle with DFDS Seaways (Newcastle is just over an hour's drive from the Scottish border).
  • From France or Spain to Southern English seaports with Brittany Ferries.

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