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Travelling To Scotland From Overseas

Though we haven't been able to explore our beautiful country for the last few months, nothing has been able to stop us from dreaming about the trips we want to take someday soon! With more information now available on what will open and at what stage, planning a trip within Scotland has moved a step closer. We've got all the information you need on what each phase looks like and at what stage you'll be able to take a local trip or explore further. You can find out more about the current Covid-19 restrictions of Phase 3 and future phases here.

There are 57 countries now who do not need to self-isolate on arrival into Scotland - these include France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. You can check the full list of countries who can travel to Scotland without quarantine.

There are still countries including Spain where if you travel to Scotland, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days when you arrive.

Under these rules you will:

  • Need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK.
  • Not be allowed to leave the place you are staying at for the first 14 days you are in the UK except in very limited situations (known as 'self-isolating').

If you are planning a trip to Scotland in the next few months, please do keep 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, and please make sure you check with your travel and accommodation providers 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 Bergen in Norway, and from Inverness Airport to Geneva in Switzerland.

The best way to find the most competitive fares for flying to Scotland is to search on comparison sites such as Skyscanner, Expedia, CheapflightsGlobehuntersOmio, FlightNetwork and DiscountMyFlights.

  • From Marseille to Glasgow with Easyjet from 29 June 2016

With Vueling:

  • Paris Orly to Edinburgh from 29 March 2016 - 3 times a week - year round
  • Alicante - Edinburgh from 16 June 2016 - 3 times a week - year round
  • Roma Fiumicino - Edinburgh from 29 March 2016 - 3 times a week - year round

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 Schipol and Madrid Barajas airports.

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 ports in England, which are all just a short drive, train ride or bus journey away from Scotland.

You can find information on timetables, ferry operators and make bookings at Ferrysavers.

From Rotterdam and Zeebrugge to Hull with P&O Ferries (Hull is around four hours' drive from the Scottish border).

From Amsterdam to Newcastle with DFDS Seaways (Newcastle is just over an hour's drive from the Scottish border).

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