Coronavirus and FAQs at (EDI) airport

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Coronavirus Answers and Frequently Asked Questions for Passengers at Edinburgh airport (EDI)


From May 17 2021, a traffic light system for international travel is being introduced by the Scottish Government.

It means there are differing requirements for passengers depending on the country you have travelled from and where you have been in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland:

  • Passengers travelling from Red countries ('acute-risk' as per Sco Gov regulations) will be required to enter a managed isolation hotel and stay there for 10 days

  • Passengers travelling from Amber countries will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests during this period

  • Passengers travelling from Green countries will not be required to isolate but must take a PCR test on day 2 of their arrival in Scotland

Further information on this is available on the Scottish Government website. The following link includes the list of countries and their colour rating, information on what you must do if travelling from these countries, how to book tests and the Passenger Locator Form that must be filled out before travel - click here to be taken to that page.  

Vaccination status scheme

People from Scotland who are travelling abroad are now able to access their record of vaccination status themselves. The vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal or - for those not online - requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline.

The Scottish Government scheme is designed only for people travelling to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement.

People will be able access their Covid-19 Vaccine Status online, by logging on to

Freephone Covid Status Helpline: 0808 196 8565.

Please note - this is a government scheme, it is not managed by the airport. We continue to remind passengers to check the requirements of both their destination country and their airline ahead of travel.

Managed isolation (quarantine hotel)

If you have to enter managed isolation then you must book this ahead of travel. This is a Scottish Government requirement - the airport does not manage or control this policy.

It is important that passengers read and understand the guidance ahead of travel - that guidance can be read by clicking this link.

There are some passengers who will be exempt from this rule and that list of exemptions can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Additional information and advice

As ever, we recommend all passengers continue to check with their airline for latest flight information and any specific travel requirements they have.

We recommend passengers also check the requirements of their destination country ahead of travel.

Governments at home and abroad regularly review their travel policies, and so it is important to check any local rules or restrictions before you travel.

Travel and local levels

People living in Scotland will be aware of the Covid restrictions for local areas - these are controlled and managed by the Scottish Government.

You can find out the restriction level for your area by using the Scottish Government's postcode checker.


Latest updates: June 09, 2021


General considerations
It is an almost generalized concept that each passenger must have a certificate of vaccination against the Coronavirus (if they already have it), a RT-PCR test result within 48 hours of boarding,10-day quarantine, filling out the form and affidavit of health (including in some cases the COVID-19 vaccination certificate), in addition to complying with the distancing protocols, hand washing and use of mask.
But also, given the situation of constant changes, it is always important to consult and finalize details with the airline and also, if necessary, with the airport as well as in the case of international flights with the nearby embassy or consulate to wherever the destination is. final, as well as the countries involved in flight stopovers.
In this sense, it is useful to review the International Map of the current restrictions of each country.

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