Monday,  October 18, 2021  10:48 pm

Scotland is now open to Canadians. Here's what you need to know.

Scotland is now open to Canadians. Here's what you need to know.
Kilchurn Castle in Scotland. (Connor Mollison)
Pax Global Media

As Canada has recently moved to the UK's "Green Light" travel list, Scotland, as of Aug. 30, is now open to Canadian travellers. 

What this means is that no vaccination is required for travel but Canadians must complete a passenger locator form and pass a COVID PCR test within three days prior to travel, and prepare to present proof of the negative test upon flight boarding. 

Another Covid PCR test must be taken within two days upon entry to Scotland (no quarantine is needed for those who receive negative test results). 

In a release, VisitScotland's Senior Market Development Manager for Long Haul markets, Gwen Raez, called the positive development a "direct result of the success of the vaccination roll-out within Scotland and abroad."

The PCR test that required costs £68 and must be taken within two days of arriving in Scotland.  To organize the delivery of a PCR test to a visitors’ vacation accommodation, click here. 

Visitors no longer need to quarantine on arrival into the country unless the result of the COVID-19 test is positive or NHS Scotland Test and Protect inform them of close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

"International visitors are an important market for Scotland, with Canada providing a significant contribution to Scottish tourism over the years,"  Raez said. "Pre-COVID-19, Canada ranked first among Scotland’s top international markets in terms of the average number of regions visited per trip and were the ninth largest international source market by number of visits." 

Helpful tips on planning a visit to Scotland can be found on

Anyone planning a vacation to Scotland should check the Scottish Government website regularly for updates on the green list status as this can change at short notice. 

Full details of the entry requirements can be found on the VisitScotland travel protocols webpage.

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