Do you need a passport to go to Scotland? Do you need a passport to fly to Scotland? Do you need a passport to drive to Scotland?
To work out if it’s OK to travel to Scotland without a passport, the main things you need to consider are:
You do not need a passport to drive to Scotland. There aren’t border controls on the road as you travel from England to Scotland (just some “Welcome” signs to greet you!). See our guide to travelling to Scotland.
You don’t need a passport to go to Scotland by train from England. Travelling by train can be a relaxing journey and you can travel overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper service. Find out more about train travel.
Whether you need a passport to fly to Scotland will depend on various things such as where you are flying from.
Flying from England to Scotland or from an airport in the UK to an airport in Scotland? It’s likely that you will need to carry a form of photographic identification. This may not need to be your passport but you could use your passport as photographic identification.
If you want to fly to Scotland from England without a passport, you may be able to use another form of photographic identification, such as a driving licence. You should check the airline’s website as each airline may accept different forms of identification and some may require a passport.
You can fly to various destinations in Scotland including Scotland’s major cities, remote islands and the Scottish Highlands and far north of Scotland.
Inverness (capital of the Scottish Highlands)
Barra where planes land and take off on the stunning beach. See Best beaches in Scotland: Highlands and Islands
Benbecula which serves the isles of Benbecula, North Uist, South Uist, Eriskay and Berneray
Stornoway which serves the isles of Lewis and Harris
If you decide to use your passport as your form of photographic ID, you can apply for a new passport or renew an existing passport using your nation’s passport office. In the UK, that’s the UK passport service.
Do you need a passport to go to Scotland if you’re coming from overseas? You must have a valid passport before you visit Scotland and the UK. You may also need a visa. You can check if you need a UK visa on the UK government’s Home Office Visas and Immigration website.
Now you know the passport situation, see our guide to travelling to Scotland or why not find a spectacular place to stay on your holiday in our accommodation in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.