U.S. to London with 3 day visit to Scotland (Covid question)

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1. Posted by Jjasonr999 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi all!

New poster here and hoping for some help.

My family and I are flying from Atlanta to Heathrow on the 28th to visit friends. We are all fully vaccinated with boosters and will have our tests the day before flying.

We want to take a trip to Edinburgh (Scotland) during our stay in London.

Right now, we have to have our negative test to fly, then quarantine until we get negative result from our test upon arrival in London. What we don’t know is whether this will allow us to travel freely throughout the rest of the UK in general and Scotland in particular.

Does anyone know if we will have to quarantine again once arriving by air to Edinburgh? Or will the initial quarantine/test we did upon arrival to London suffice for inter-UK travel.

I’ve dug and dug for this specific info ok both the UK.gov and Scotland.gov websites, and can’t find a direct answer to this specific question.

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Safe travels!

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2502 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'm certain that quarantine is only at point of entry to the UK.

There is absolutely no quarantine within the UK.

The only risk is new measures in either Scotland or England being put in place - I think it's possible either one could introduce some form of lockdown for everyone in that timeframe.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3668 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

> Does anyone know if we will have to quarantine again once arriving by air to Edinburgh?

'Domestic air travel for passengers originating in the UK is currently unrestricted':

https://travel.londoncityairport.com/destinations/edinburgh

At present there is no quarantine or testing requirement when travelling between the 3 mainland countries of the UK (i.e. England, Scotland and Wales) or Northern Ireland.

However, as Andy says, there is absolutely no guarantee that the rules in place to day will be the same as the rules in place on 28th or subsequently. Each UK country sets its own Covid rules and requirements so the matter is even more complicated. It is possible, for example, for Scotland to ban visitors from England and Wales other than for very specific reasons. You can find the relevant links for each devolved government on this page:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

Personally I think it is very likely that Covid rules and requirements will be tightened by one or all UK countries very soon after 25th.

To avoid potential issues with airfare refunds if you have to cancel your flight (the airline won't) you might consider travelling by train from London to Edinburgh, only buying tickets once you have arrived in the UK and have a better idea of what Covid-related rules will be in place.

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Dec 2021, 17:41 GMT by leics2 ]

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3668 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Update:

Scotland has today announced additional Covid measures which include:

  • 1m metre physical distancing required in all indoor hospitality and leisure settings;
  • Table service required in all venues where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises;
  • Numbers will be limited at large events (indoor and outdoor) from 26th December (max 100 at indoor standing events, max 200 at indoor seated events and max 500 for outdoor events.

https://www.gov.scot/news/further-measures-needed-to-reduce-contacts/

These measures will remain in place until at least January 11th.

[ Edit: Edited on 21 Dec 2021, 20:49 GMT by leics2 ]