Quarantine guidelines for Scotland – we are here to help



An updated letter from the Scottish Government was sent to healthcare professionals on 31st July laying out rules for staff and line managers who may need to self-isolate.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel, although the situation will continue to change. Anyone considering going abroad should check the most up to date information on foreign travel through the Scottish Government’s information portal.

The guidance relates specifically to people returning from countries where a 14-day quarantine period is required.

Staff who are planning on booking foreign travel should:

  • Review the latest Scottish Government advice on travelling abroad
  • Discuss the dates of the future booking with their line manager
  • Discuss the dates of the self-isolation period with their line manager
  • Present a plan to their line manager as to how they expect to cover the self-isolation period, for example, additional annual leave and TOIL.

Pauline Paxton, the new national officer for Scotland, said: “Self-isolation is going to be very difficult for some people and we are asking anyone with concerns to get in touch. There has been at least one case where a doctor in England was told he wouldn’t get paid if he had to quarantine. That is not acceptable in Scotland.

“There is a lot of uncertainty about the rules surrounding quarantine, particularly as junior doctors are about to start a new rotation and they are not sure what is going to happen to them. We want to reassure doctors we are here to help.”

Pauline started at the HCSA last month. She comes from a trade union background with more than 20 years experience. She most recently worked for the BMA in Scotland.

Download the full guidance from the Scottish Government.