daily news and reports about the coronavirus are still causing uncertainty, especially when it comes to travelling abroad. On this page we would like to keep you informed about the situation in Scotland, the measures on the ground and our tours of Scotland in times of COVID-19.
First of all, it’s important to bear in mind that the Scottish Government has taken a slightly different course from England. Also, the number of infections in the north varies significantly at times. So, do make sure that you get your information from sources relating to Scotland, not England.
On the whole, tourism in Scotland is almost back to ‘business as usual’. However, travelling in times of Covid does require a little more planning and, in some places, more flexibility. But if you follow a few basic rules, organise yourself well, and with a team like ours to help, then nothing should get in the way of your Scotland holiday. More detailed information can be found in our blog post “Covid rules & regulations in Scotland: travelling in times of Corona“.
Entering Scotland from abroad
Checking the current entry requirements is the single most important thing you need to do before planning your holiday. In order to reduce the introduction and transmission of new variants of Covid-19, the UK has tighter travel restrictions in place for so-called ‘red list countries’. If you are lucky enough to be entering from a country that isn’t on the red list, you don’t have to quarantine (provided you are vaccinated twice). So, do make sure you know which category you fall into. You can find all the details on the Scottish Government’s website.
In a nutshell, travellers from a non-red list country who are doubly vaccinated do not need a test before arrival, only proof of vaccination and a test on or before day 2 of their stay. If you are not vaccinated or not yet vaccinated twice, you will need to provide negative PCR test for entry, which must not be older than 72 hours. In addition, unvaccinated people must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival and be tested again on days 2 and 8 of their stay.
We are so excited to announce that both our fabulous self-guided tours and private group tours have been taking place again since August this year. We are also more than happy to accept your bookings for next year! Since our colleagues have returned to our office in Edinburgh (South Queensferry), our opening times are back to normal on weekdays: you can get hold of us by phone on 0044 131 3311576 (Mon-Thurs from 9am-3.30pm UK time), or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reply to your email within 2 working days.
We strongly recommend that every traveller be protected against cancellation, delays, missed departures etc. Many insurance companies now offer an added Corona protection. Carefully check your provider’s terms and conditions to see if it will cover you for any coronavirus-related disruption. If, however, you are travelling against official government advice, it is highly likely that your insurance cover will be invalid.
Of course, travelling in times of Covid-19 carries a certain residual risk that cannot be eliminated. Therefore, please note that in case of cancellation or no-show, our normal cancellation conditions apply (this also applies to situations where quarantine becomes necessary after entry). The cancellation fees cover our service as well as non-refundable deposits.
Current travel warnings can be found on your own government’s foreign affairs website. Information on entry requirements from Scottish Government.
Detailed information on the coronavirus as well as information on precautions and behavioural measures can be found at NHS Inform Scotland (at the bottom of the page you find information in 17 foreign languages from Chinese, Spanish and Polish to Slovak and Arabic).
Information on Testing and treatment of overseas visitors can be found here.
The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help protect people and reduce the spread of coronavirus. Available to download for free via Apple and Google stores.