Do you need a passport to go to Scotland?

Do you need a passport to go to Scotland? Do I need a passport to fly to Scotland? Do you need a passport to drive to Scotland? Some people are unsure about whether they need a passport to travel to Scotland. To work out if it’s OK to travel to Scotland without a passport, the […]

Do you need a passport to go to Scotland? Do I need a passport to fly to Scotland? Do you need a passport to drive to Scotland?

Passport - Do you need a passport to go to Scotland?
Passport – Do you need a passport to go to Scotland?

Some people are unsure about whether they need a passport to travel to Scotland. To work out if it’s OK to travel to Scotland without a passport, the main things you need to consider are:

  • Where you are travelling from
  • Your method of transport – plane, car, train or walking

Are you travelling in the UK only? Do you need a passport to travel from England to Scotland?

If you’re travelling in the UK only then you do not need a passport to go to Scotland if you’re driving, on the train or walking. There aren’t border controls on the road or the train tracks as you cross the border between England and Scotland (just some “Welcome” signs to greet you!). See our guide to travelling to Scotland.

Do I need a passport to fly to Scotland?

Flying from England to Scotland by plane (or other UK internal flights)

If you’re flying from an airport in the UK to an airport in Scotland, it is likely that you will need to carry a form of photographic identification. This may not need to be a passport but you could use your passport as photographic identification. If you want to fly to Scotland 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.

Buy a Scottish passport holder

Cheap flights to Scotland

Flybe offers a range of services to Scotland’s major cities, remote islands and the Scottish Highlands and far north of Scotland.

Flybe’s low-cost flight destinations in Scotland include:

Major cities

Aberdeen
Edinburgh
Glasgow Intl
Inverness (capital of the Scottish Highlands)

Outer Hebrides

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

Other island destinations

Islay
Kirkwall, Orkney
Sumburgh, Shetland
Tiree

Book your cheap flight to the Scottish Highlands and Islands on the Flybe website.

Car hire

There are various car hire companies in the Scottish Highlands & Islands including local businesses and Hertz UK and Thrify Car Rental.

How to get a passport

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.

Coming from overseas to visit Scotland?

If you’re coming from overseas, then you must have a valid passport before you visit Scotland and the UK and 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 section including self-catering holidays in Scotland with a hot tub.

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