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Travelling To Scotland From Overseas

Find out more on how to travel to Scotland from overseas with details of Scotland's international airports and key flight routes from the USA and Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and more.

You can also read the latest information on Covid-19 rules for red, amber and green list countries.

How to visit from Europe or US*

Vaccinated

If you're fully vaccinated (received both doses at least 14 days ago), you can travel without quarantine.

You should complete the following steps:

  • Get a European Digital COVID Certificate for EU, or CDC card for US.
  • Book and pay for the tests you will need in advance of travelling
  • Passenger locator form
  • Pre-departure test, no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • PCR test by day 2 of arrival in Scotland

Not vaccinated

If you're not fully vaccinated, you would need to follow the rules depending on what list your country is on at the time of travel.

This also applies to children - those under 12 do not need to test, those 12+ should also take the pre-departure and PCR tests.

*These rules for vaccinated travellers apply to anyone who was vaccinated in:

  • UK (including as part of UK vaccine rollout overseas)
  • EU member states
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)
  • Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City
  • USA

Can I travel from the rest of the world?

Yes, but you will need to check what list the country is on and follow the rules for green, amber or red list countries.

Green, amber and red list rules

You will need to complete the following steps:

Green list countries

  • Passenger locator form
  • Pre-departure test, no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • Book and pay for the tests you will need in advance of travelling
  • PCR test by day 2 of arrival in Scotland

Amber list countries

  • Passenger locator form
  • Pre-departure test, no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • Book and pay for the tests you will need during isolation in Scotland in advance of travelling
  • Quarantine on arrival in Scotland for 10 days
  • PCR test by day 2 and on/after day 8 of arrival in Scotland

Red list countries

  • Passenger locator form
  • Pre-departure test, no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • Book and pay for the tests you will need during isolation in Scotland
  • Quarantine on arrival in Scotland in a pre-approved hotel for 10 days in advance of travelling
  • PCR test by day 2 and on/after day 8 of arrival in Scotland

Scotland's Airports

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; not all direct flights are available at the moment but you can book for the future. Some of the above flights are operational on a seasonal service. Please always 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.