COVID-19 Travel Guidance for visitors from outside the UK

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COVID-19 Travel Guidance for visitors from outside the UK

COVID-19 Travel Guidance and useful links for visitors travelling to Edinburgh from outside the UK.

This page was updated on 16 September 2021
 
Requirements if travelling directly to Scotland:
If you will be travelling directly into Scotland from another country, please first visit the Scottish Government webpages for the most up-to-date guidance in relation to travel and COVID-19 (please check this regularly for updates):
 
In short, anyone that is fully vaccinated*and travelling from a country on the GREEN or AMBER list is required to:
take a COVID-19 test before you travel to Scotland
take a COVID-19 PCR test within two days of arriving in Scotland – you can use the CTM booking portal to book and pay £68 for an NHS COVID-19 PCR test
 
*Fully vaccinated means that it is at least 14 days since you've had your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 
 
What if you are flying into other parts of the UK, before travelling to Scotland?
It is fine to fly into other airports around the UK, then travel on to Scotland. You will simply need to state the address you will be staying at in Edinburgh on your passenger locator form and when booking your COVID-19 PCR test within two days of arriving (as the test kit will be delivered to that address).
Please note: If you are flying to an airport in England from a country on the AMBER list, and have received two doses of different vaccines, the UK government does not recognise you as being “fully vaccinated” and require you to isolate for ten days upon arrival.
 
Other things to check before booking any travel:
The information above concerns only the requirements by the UK and Scottish authorities. It is equally important to check what restrictions are in place for travel to the UK from your own country. For example, if your own country has the UK on its list of “high risk” countries, some institutions prohibit their employees from travelling.  
To find this information, please contact your own government and institutions’ webpages.
 

Your institution - travel insurance:
Before making ANY travel plans we strongly recommend you check the guidance provided by your employer/home institution and any permissions required to travel.  This should also involve ensuring the appropriate travel insurance is in place to cover your trip and any COVID-19 related disruption.      This applies to International visitors AND UK based participants.