Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic update  

08 February 2022

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International travel continues to be impacted due to COVID-19, and the number of variant strains which have emerged globally. Guidance on international travel is available for people living in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

There are currently no countries on the international travel red list. It should be noted that the travel lists may be amended at short notice, and do not indicate which destinations are currently allowing UK travellers to enter their country, nor if the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against travel to these countries. Information relating to this can be checked on the relevant FCDO foreign travel advice country pages.  

Currently, people travelling to Scotland from abroad who are fully vaccinated, or under the age of 18, do not need to take pre-departure COVID-19 tests, and are not required to self-isolate on arrival until they have received a negative result. Travellers in this group must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and take a PCR or lateral flow test within two days of arrival in the UK. Anyone who tests positive on their lateral flow test will need to isolate and take a free confirmatory PCR test.  

Testing and quarantine rules may differ in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, therefore travellers must ensure they comply with the rules appropriate to the UK nation they arrive in and, if different, reside in.  

From 4am on 11 February 2022, the rules for international travellers arriving in the UK are changing. A summary of these changes are available for travellers arriving into Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Country specific COVID-19 risk 
Country pages on the fitfortravel (for the general public) and TRAVAX (for health professionals) websites include a COVID-19 country specific risk-rating, which identifies the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for UK travellers. This information is listed in the 'Alerts' section on each country page of fitfortravel and the 'Emerging Health Risks' section of every TRAVAX country page. This risk-rating identifies each country as having either:  

  • a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 for UK travellers, or  
  • a risk of exposure to COVID-19 for UK travellers  

For all countries, travellers should be aware that the risk of COVID-19 may change at short notice. Countries categorised as having a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 either have a higher risk of exposure for travellers to COVID-19, or an increased risk of emerging or known variants of coronavirus. Travellers should be advised to avoid non-essential travel to high-risk countries, even if fully vaccinated against COVID-19.    

Advice for travellers 
Prior to booking any international travel, travellers must first check if the country they are travelling to is currently accepting UK travellers.  

  • The FCDO foreign travel advice country pages have up-to-date information on entry rules, in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), under the Entry Requirements section.  
  • Travellers should be aware that some countries or territories may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination status for entry. Guidance for demonstrating COVID-19 vaccination status is available for those living in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

It is advised that travellers are aware of all travel restrictions, self-isolation rules and precautions they should take, in order to reduce their risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) before, during and after travel, as detailed on the fitfortravel COVID-19 health considerations for travel page.  

Source: TRAVAX, 1 February 2022