You are viewing an archived web page captured at 20:47:28 Apr 24, 2022, which is part of the National Records of Scotland Web Archive. The information on this web page may be out of date. See all captures of this archived page. Archived web pages you visit here may leave cookies in your browser. These are not owned, controlled, or used by NRS. NRS do use cookies, including Google Analytics, to monitor site usage and performance. These can be managed in your browser settings. Find out more about cookies.
Loading media information

Coronavirus in Scotland

All covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away. 

Use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others:

  • get your vaccine when offered to ensure you are fully protected
  • open windows when socialising indoors
  • wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
  • wash your hands to protect yourself
  • take a PCR test and isolate if you have symptoms
  • take an LFD test before visiting someone in a hospital or care home

Care for yourself and others to help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on our health services.

Information and support

Cases in Scotland


The daily COVID-19 data is now available on Public Health Scotland's COVID-19 Daily Dashboard.

Testing and self-isolating


If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should isolate and book a PCR test – this advice has not changed and testing will continue until 30 April 2022. Follow the guidance on NHS Inform on self-isolating and booking a test.

Free LFD tests are no longer generally available to members of the public.

Some groups can still get free LFD tests. You can order tests if you are:

  • a fully vaccinated close contact of someone who has tested positive
  • self-isolating due to having tested positive
  • visiting a hospital or care home
  • an unpaid carer
  • eligible for covid treatments

Health and care workers will continue to access lateral flow testing through their workplace.

Find out more about COVID-19 testing on NHS Inform.

Travel to Scotland/travelling abroad


Travelling to Scotland

No COVID-19 travel rules apply for entering Scotland. Travel rules for people arriving from abroad ended in March 2022. 

If you’re visiting Scotland from another country, you should check your own government’s advice about travelling home after visiting Scotland.

Travelling abroad

Other countries may still have travel rules in place. If you live in Scotland, you should check foreign travel advice on GOV.UK for every country you plan to visit.

If you need to prove which vaccinations you’ve had when you arrive in another country, you can normally use your NHS Scotland COVID Status app to do this.

Staying safe


All covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland but there are still things you can do to protect yourself and others.

Read more: staying safe and protecting others.

Distance Aware scheme

A Distance Aware badge or lanyard shows that someone needs more space or care. Find out how to get a Distance Aware badge or lanyard.



Find out about the vaccine, including the booster vaccinations, on the NHS Inform vaccine site.

Children aged 5 to 11

Children aged five to 11 are being invited to COVID-19 vaccination appointments in community clinics.

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

Workplaces and organisations


People managing workplaces and running organisations can take steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to create a safer environment for all. 

Read safer workplaces and organisations guidance.

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 


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.

Back to top