Coronavirus in Scotland

To help protect yourself and others:

Update 22 February 2022: a staged approach to easing protective measures and lifting the remaining legal restrictions has been announced. Read more

Information and support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Scotland


Getting tested and self-isolating


You should take regular lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you get a positive LFD result, changes to testing arrangements mean that you do not need to take a PCR test to confirm this. How to get lateral flow tests.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever, new continuous cough, or loss of sense of taste or smell) it is important to isolate and book a PCR test – that advice has not changed.

Follow the guidance on NHS Inform on self-isolating and booking a test.

Travel and quarantine


If you are travelling to Scotland from abroad (international travel)

Find out the rules on travelling to Scotland, and check if a country is on the red list.

If you are travelling to Scotland from other parts of the UK

Travel is allowed between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

If you are travelling to a Scottish island

​​​​If you are travelling to a Scottish island you are advised to take a covid test before doing so.

Staying safe


Follow the rules and guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Face coverings

By law you should still wear a face covering in most indoor public places

Distance Aware scheme

A Distance Aware badge or lanyard shows others you need more space or care. Find out how to get a Distance Aware badge or lanyard.

Highest Risk List

We have published advice to help people on the Highest Risk List make informed decisions and access support services.

Vaccine, including booster vaccinations, and vaccine certificates


Find out about the vaccine, including the booster and third dose vaccinations, on the NHS Inform website.

Children aged 5 to 11

Children aged five to 11 will be offered COVID-19 vaccination appointments in community clinics from 19 March 2022.

Find out more about vaccination for children at the NHS Inform website.

Covid certification scheme (covid passports)

Vaccine certification are no longer legally required. The app will remain available so any business that wishes to continue certification on a voluntary basis to reassure customers will be able to do so.

You can download the NHS Scotland Covid Status app or get a paper record of your vaccine status from NHS Inform.

Check the vaccine certification scheme guidance for businesses and event organisers and for customers.

Businesses and workplaces (including hospitality guidance)


Operating safely during coronavirus

All businesses and workplaces should follow the safer businesses and workplaces guidance

There is also guidance for specific sectors, including:

Hybrid working

Businesses can phase in a mixture of home and office working (hybrid working).

Read guidance for safer office working, including hybrid working arrangements

Funding for businesses affected by Omicron measures

Get information about funding for business sectors affected by measures introduced to control the spread of the Omicron variant, including hospitality, hairdressers and taxi drivers.

You can also get information on support available to your business at the Find Business Support website

Worship, weddings, civil partnerships and funerals


There are no limits on the number of people who can attend places of worship, weddings, civil partnerships and funerals. 

Follow the guidance on face coverings and take a lateral flow test before you go.

Read guidance on the safe use of places of worship

Schools, universities, education and childcare


Guidance is available to help reduce the risk in:

Information for parents and carers is on the Parent Club website.

Information for students is on the Student Information Scotland website

Covid recovery strategy


The Covid recovery strategy helps those who have been most affected by the pandemic, where the unequal impacts have worsened pre-existing inequalities. It will bolster the actions in the:

  • NHS recovery plan - sets out commitments that will support recovery over the next five years, supported by the implementation of improvements and new models of care
  • Education recovery plan – sets out action taken to address the impacts on children and young people, and the next steps to support learners
  • Justice recovery plan - published March 2021 - leading to increased criminal court capacity, alongside mitigating measures already introduced during the pandemic. We will publish a new justice strategy reflecting the focus on recovery

All COVID-19 advice and guidance

See all coronavirus advice and guidance.