Scotland Entry and Exit Requirements

In Scotland as part of Great Britain, the laws of Great Britain apply to entry into Scotland. German citizens only need a passport or identity card to enter the country. Entry is also possible without any problems with a temporary identity card. The German child ID card is recognized without a photo up to the age of 10, with a photo up to the age of 16. In addition, the entry of the child in a parent’s passport is sufficient to enter the UK. There are no special regulations for minors traveling alone or when traveling with only one parent who has custody. Particular care should be taken with hitchhikers as aiding and abetting illegal entry into the UK is punishable by prison terms of up to 10 years and a fine of £ 2,000.

In the light of the London terrorist attacks in July 2005, it is also advisable to inquire about the current security situation with the British Foreign Office or the Metropolitan Police when traveling.

Formalities, visas

Issuing of visas in Germany

Visa Department of the British Embassy
British Consulate General
Yorckstraße 19
D-40476 Düsseldorf
Email: [email protected]

Issuing of visas in Austria and Switzerland

See under Representations of Great Britain in Austria and Representations of Great Britain in Switzerland.

Foreign currency
import and export There is no restriction on the import and export of foreign currency in Great Britain for personal use.

Departure fee
There is no fee for leaving Scotland and the whole of Great Britain. Import and export of goods

The following items can be imported into Great Britain and Northern Ireland duty-free when entering from non-EU countries:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
  • 2 l table wine
  • 1 l of spirits over 22% or 2 l of alcoholic beverages up to 22% alcohol or 2 l of sparkling/liqueur wines
  • 60 ml perfume and 250 ml eau de toilette
  • Goods up to a value of £ 145

The import and export of drugs, pornographic material, weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. This also applies to some weapons that can be legally purchased in Germany, such as CS gas spray cans, blank guns, knives with fixed blades or snap knives with blades longer than 7 cm. The import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is also strictly prohibited.

Traveling with pets

For the owners of dogs and other animals, when traveling abroad, the question arises whether they can even take their animals with them to the chosen travel destination, and if that is possible, then of course the question of the respective applicable conditions arises. Here with us you will find all the important information on this topic, seriously researched at the embassies or the Foreign Office:

Since the year 2000, relaxed regulations apply to the entry of animals into Great Britain and thus also into Scotland. Since then it is no longer necessary to quarantine the animal for a longer period of time. However, some conditions must be met for these new regulations to take effect. The so-called Pet Travel Scheme (PETS, in German: Pet Travel Regulation) applies to entry. This means that the animal:

1.) was microchipped
2.) was vaccinated against rabies and
3.) was tested negative for rabies antibodies. For this antibody test to be valid, it must be done six months before entering the UK. In addition, the animal must not have entered any non-EU countries six months before entry.

In addition, treatment against ticks and tapeworms must have been carried out before the animal can enter the country. These treatments must be carried out between 48 hours and 24 hours prior to entry by a UK approved transport company. All examinations and vaccinations must be entered in the EU pet passports. This can be issued by any resident veterinarian.
These regulations apply to all dogs, cats and other small animals. The following dog types are excluded from this, however: Pitbull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentina and Fila Braziliero. These types of dogs are not allowed to enter the UK under any circumstances.

Scotland Traveling with pets

Transporting animals with an accompanying person (keeper)
In this case, proceed as follows: At the airport, the animal is locked in a transport box provided by the keeper beforehand. It must be ensured that the container is large enough for the animal to stand in it and turn around, and that no liquids can run out (urine). This is done using suitable absorbent material, in the simplest case using a sufficient amount of newspaper.
There should also be a water bowl and, depending on the length of the flight, enough food. The transport container is handed over to the staff at the check-in counter. The transport fee depends on the weight of the animal. It is essential to ensure that there is space for the animal on the flight booked, as the number of animals that can be transported is limited.
The animal is located in the machine in an air-conditioned area between the passenger deck and the cargo area. As a rule, no member of the crew takes care of the animal during the flight, not even to give water or food.

However, experience has shown that the stress of checking in and the take-off phase is so stressful for most animals that they sleep for most of the flight. The administration of sedatives before check-in is not only not recommended, as their effects cannot be foreseen under these conditions, but is even prohibited for reasons of security (smuggling). Many airlines also exclude a number of dogs (attack dogs) from transport.

Animal transport without an accompanying person
In this case, a specialist company must be commissioned with the transport, which then takes care of everything else. However, it should be ensured that the animal is picked up at the arrival airport by someone who is familiar to the dog. And of course all import regulations for pets for the country have to be explored beforehand and strictly adhered to.

It has proven to be very helpful if you have accustomed the animal to such a transport container at home a few weeks before the intended flight.