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Education establishments

If you have been asked to get tested by your education establishment as a close contact but display no symptoms, you must still book a PCR test via GOV.UK. Select the "you have been requested to get a test" option.

PCR tests should be completed 5 days into your 10-day isolation period. This will ensure you can return to your education establishment after the isolation period.

You can also use a postal PCR test (which is posted to your home) and then returned in a priority postbox - you do not need to go to a test site. Your results will be emailed or texted to you within 48 hours.

For more isolation advice, please see NHS Inform.


Before travelling

Advice on what to do if you have been asked to take a COVID test before travelling.

Current guidance is different if you are travelling abroad or within Scotland. All information on travelling can be found on the Scottish Government website.

The rules on managed quarantine and self-isolation apply even if you have had a COVID-19 vaccine. This is because we do not know if COVID-19 vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus.

Traveling abroad

Travel between a Level 3 or Level 4 area in Scotland and anywhere else in the world is not allowed except for a permitted reason. Although the law on international travel to and from the rest of Scotland has been relaxed that does not mean it is advisable.

Advice on travelling abroad from the Scottish Government - International travel and managed isolation (quarantine).

Before travelling it is recommended that you buy and take a PCR test.

Please be aware that you may not be able to travel if the test you buy does not meet current standards. A list of Private providers of Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is available from the Scottish Government.

You will need to take a PCR test before you travel back to Scotland.

A list of private providers abroad can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Red, amber and green countries

As a preventative measure, countries have been risk assessed and allocated either a red, amber or green status:

  • RED - arrivals from red list countries will need to enter a managed isolation hotel and stay there for 10 days. Travel to such countries should only be for essential reasons.

  • AMBER - arrivals from amber list countries, which will be the majority of countries, should self-isolate at home (or if a visitor from another country, their accommodation on arrival) for 10 days, and take 2 PCR tests while they are isolating.

  • GREEN - arrivals from green list countries will not need to quarantine or isolate on arrival in Scotland, but will need to take a PCR test shortly after arrival.

To check whether the country you wish to travel to is on the red, amber or green list, please see the gov.uk foreign travel list. You can also sign up for email updates on the current status of a country.

You must show a negative COVID-19 test result (via a PCR test) if you wish to travel abroad. This applies to everyone aged 12 or over.

You must provide your original test certificate - this can be a paper test result, or an original result you have received by email or text message.

The test result must include:

  • Your name, which should match your travel documents
  • Your date of birth or age
  • The negative result of the test
  • The date the test sample was collected or received by the company or business who did the test
  • The name of the company or business who did the test and their contact details
  • The name of your test device

If your test result does not include these things, you may not be able to travel to Scotland.

If your PCR test is positive you should not travel and you should isolate. If you need assistance with isolating including supplementary grants and additional assistance please visit our Support for people page or phone 0808 100 3161. All information on support available can be found on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Children under the age of 11 do not need to take a test prior to travelling.


Travelling within Scotland

To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Scottish Government is recommending that you take a rapid test or LFD test up to 3 days before you travel. You will need a registered negative test to be able to travel within Scotland safely.

To register your test, you need to read your test in the allotted 30 minutes to avoid a false positive. Once you have read the test result you should register the test result online. Unless you do this, there will be no record that you have completed the test. Please always register your Lateral Flow Test results online as soon as you read the result.

If you test positive you should self-isolate and book yourself a PCR test. Your nearest PCR test centres are Abbotsford House and Bo'ness Recreational centre. More information can be found at Types of testing available in Falkirk.

You can order LFD test kits and they should be delivered by post within 24 hours. The test itself takes 30 minutes and you can complete this in your own home.

You can also pick up 7 LFD tests at your local test sites in Falkirk. These are situated at the Howgate and at the Falkirk Stadium. You can also pick them up from selected local pharmacies.

Children under the age of 11 do not need to take a test prior to travelling.


More testing information