Can I staycation in Scotland?

Yes, you can! This has definitely been the year of staycations, but it’s still been a bit confusing with travellers from some parts of England being prevented from coming to Scotland earlier in the summer. Thankfully that is no longer the case.

Since 19 July, you can stay overnight in Scotland from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man but there have been some restrictions on households and numbers in the group.


Happily, today (August 3rd) Nicola Sturgeon has announced the end to these types of legal restrictions from next Monday 9th August or as its been dubbed, Freedom Day. However you’ll need to pack your masks as they still will be required in some indoor settings.

What moving beyond Level 0 means

  • the lifting of most of the remaining legally imposed restrictions most notably, on physical distancing and limits to the size of social gatherings
  • from 9 August, no venues will be legally required to close
  • ongoing requirement for indoor hospitality and similar venues to collect the contact details of customers

While no longer required by law, the First Minister has encouraged Scots and visitors to maintain distance from each other and continue to engage in good hygiene practices such as regular handwashing and keeping areas well ventilated.

Overseas visitors welcome too

And from yesterday (2 Aug) fully vaccinated EU (except France) & US travellers no longer face a 10-day quarantine, but do still need negative tests pre-arrival in Scotland and negative PCR test on day 2.

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