Quarantine rules: government guidance for 14-day self isolation period after arrival in Scotland from a country on the quarantine list
Holidaying abroad has gradually got underway again after the ban on foreign travel was lifted in July, with the UK government releasing a list of approved countries to visit.
More than 70 countries and territories have been included on the government travel corridors, which enables travellers to visit select regions without facing quarantine restrictions on their return.
However, in response to fluctuations in coronavirus infections, several countries have since been removed from the list after being ruled too high-risk for travellers.
Spain, France, Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland are among the countries that have been added to the quarantine list, meaning any travellers who return to the UK from these destinations will be required to self-isolate on their return.
What are the quarantine rules?
Travellers returning to Scotland from a country on the quarantine list will need to self-isolate in one place for a period of 14 days, as it can take up to a fortnight to develop coronavirus symptoms allowing time for it to be passed on to others.
You must self-isolate at the address that you provided on your passenger locator form on your return, which can include:
- your own home
- with friends or family
- a hotel or other temporary accommodation
During the quarantine period you should not have visitors, including family or friends, unless they are providing essential care.
The only family or friends that you are permitted to have contact with are those who travelled with you, or people you are staying with.
You should not go out to work or school during the 14 days, or visit any public areas.
You must also have food and other necessities delivered to your home. If you require help buying groceries, other shopping or collecting medication, you should ask friends or relatives for assistance, or order a delivery.
If you need essential assistance and do not have a network of support to help you, you can contact the national helpline on 0800 111 4000, or via textphone on 0800 111 4114. The helpline is open during office hours Monday to Friday.
If travellers fail to self-isolate, they can be fined up to £1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and up to £480 in Scotland. Persistent offenders can land a fine of up to £5,000.
When am I allowed to leave my home?
In Scotland, you are only permitted to leave your accommodation in limited circumstances. These include where:
- you need to travel to leave Scotland, provided that you do so directly
- you need to seek medical assistance
- you need access to basic necessities like food and medicines (including for any pets or animals in the household)
- you need to access critical public services such as social services and victim support services, but only in exceptional circumstances
on compassionate grounds where you need to go to the funeral of someone in your household or a close relative, or where no-one else is attending a friend
- you need to fulfil a legal obligation such as participate in legal proceedings
- you need to access public services (including social services or victim services) where access to those services is critical to your wellbeing and cannot be provided at your accommodation
- there’s an emergency which puts you at risk in your accommodation