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We recommend checking that you have health insurance in place before travelling. You need to make sure you have a good understanding of what healthcare is available to you in Scotland, what medication you can bring with you and the level of travel insurance you may need. The Scottish government provides an in-depth guide for short-term visitors travelling to Scotland from abroad.
You will not need any vaccinations to enter the UK.
If you are from the European Union (EU), you are entitled to free medical treatment at NHS hospitals. Make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card alongside travel or health insurance, which will ensure you can access the free medical treatment as quickly and easily as possible.
Scottish doctor surgeries tend to be open between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and you will find some evening clinics. Outside of surgery hours you can utilise the facilities at the local hospitals, specifically the accident and emergency department or minor injury department, but only when the problem in question needs immediate treatment.
Scottish pharmacies can dispense a small number of drugs without a doctor’s prescription, but the range is limited and it is likely you will need a prescription for any specific medications. Most pharmacies keep shop hours but some open as late as 10pm.