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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 to Scotland after spending time abroad. 

Only essential international travel is allowed. This means you can’t go on holiday overseas.

In the 3 days before you start your journey to Scotland, you’ll need to take a coronavirus test and get a negative result.

Before you depart, you will have to book and pay for a stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days after you arrive in Scotland. This is called 'managed isolation'.

Before travelling, you must also fill in an online passenger locator form on GOV.UK. You’ll need to enter the booking reference for your managed isolation.

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 10 days, you don't need to fill in the form or stay in managed isolation.

You won’t be able to enter the UK if you’ve travelled from or through certain countries in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK.

You can read more about international travel and managed isolation on the Scottish government website.

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

There are different rules in other parts of the UK.

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. Fill in the form before you travel – you can fill it in up to 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. 

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 both:

  • your travel provider 
  • immigration officials when you arrive in the UK

If you don't fill in the form, you might get a fine. You could go to prison if you deliberately give the wrong information. If you're not a British or Irish citizen, you might not be allowed into the UK.

Proving you don’t have coronavirus

You must show your negative test certificate both when: 

  • you board a flight, boat or train to the UK
  • you first arrive in the UK

Your test result can be in paper form or digital form - for example, on your mobile phone.

Some people don't have to take a coronavirus test before entering the Scotland. You can find a list of people who don’t need to take a coronavirus test on the Scottish government website

Before you travel to the UK, you’ll also need to book 2 coronavirus tests to take after you arrive. You’ll need to take a test on both:

  • day 2 of your quarantine
  • day 8 of your quarantine

If either test shows you have coronavirus you’ll have to quarantine until 10 days after your positive test. 

You can book your quarantine coronavirus tests on the Corporate Travel Management website.

If you don’t follow the rules about testing, you might be fined and not be allowed to enter the UK. 

Managed isolation for 10 days

From border control, security personnel will escort you to your quarantine hotel.

When you arrive at your quarantine hotel, you must stay in your room for 10 days. The hotel will provide your meals.

You must not have visitors in quarantine, including friends or family.

You can check the rules on managed isolation on the Scottish government website.

If you need to move to a different address in the 10 days, you must fill in a new form on GOV.UK.

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

There’s no right to paid time off work when you’re in quarantine 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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