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Coronavirus – if you enter the UK from abroad

This advice applies to Scotland

There are rules if you're planning to arrive in Scotland from abroad. This includes if you're coming back from a holiday. 

There are different rules in other parts of the UK. If your final destination is Scotland, the Scottish rules apply to you, even if you fly into an airport in another part of the UK.

Before you arrive, you must fill in a form on GOV.UK called the Passenger Locator form. 

After you arrive, you might also have to stay inside for 14 days at the address you put on the form. This is called 'self-isolating' or 'quarantine'.

If you're coming to Scotland from another part of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, and you haven't travelled outside these places in the last 14 days, you don't need to fill in the form or self-isolate.

Some people don't have to follow these rules. Check if you're exempt on the Scottish government website.

Filling in the form

You must fill in the form on GOV.UK with details of the address where you’ll be staying in the UK.

It’s best to fill in the form before you travel – you can fill it in up to 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You can also fill in the form when you arrive – there will be computers you can use.

When you complete the form you’ll get an email confirmation to print or show on your phone. You’ll need to show the confirmation to immigration officials when you arrive in the UK.

If you don't fill in the form, you might get a £60 fine.  If you're not a British or Irish citizen, you might not be allowed into the UK.

Self-isolating for 14 days

You might need to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Scotland. This applies even if you feel well, because coronavirus symptoms can take time to develop. 

Check if you need to self-isolate after travelling

There’s a list of countries you can go to without self-isolating when you get back to Scotland. You must self-isolate if you've been to a country that isn’t on the list. Check which countries are listed on the Scottish government website. You'll still have to fill in the Passenger Locator form.

This list might change at short notice, including while you’re abroad.

How to self-isolate after travelling

If you have to self-isolate, you must stay at the address you put on the form.

You can only leave the address for certain reasons, including:

  • getting basic things like food, medicine or pet supplies – if you can’t get them delivered
  • getting medical help – if it’s urgent or your doctor has told you to get help
  • going to the funeral of a close relative
  • if there’s an emergency – for example if it’s not safe to stay inside

You must not meet anyone except the people you’re staying with.

If you don’t self-isolate, you might get a £480 fine. If you keep breaking the rules you could be convicted and fined £5,000.

If you need to move to a different address in the 14 days, you must fill in a new form on GOV.UK.

You can check the self-isolation rules on the Scottish government website.

If you can’t go to work because of quarantine

If you’re self-employed, you might be able to get a payment from the government – check what help you can get if you’re self-employed.

If you’re employed, talk to your employer about what you can do while you're in quarantine. Ask them if you can:

  • work from home
  • be furloughed, if you’ve been furloughed before for at least 3 weeks before 1 July 2020
  • take annual or unpaid leave

There’s no right to paid time off work when you’re self-isolating after entering the UK from abroad.

If you have to take unpaid leave, check if you can get Employment and Support Allowance

You can’t get statutory sick pay or a Self-Isolation Support Grant for being in quarantine after travelling. But you might be able to get them for other reasons, for example if you test positive for coronavirus or are told to self-isolate by the Test and Protect Service.

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