Return to Competitions and Events

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Return to Competitions and Events

Covid-19 legal restrictions have now been updated by Scottish Government for sporting competitions and events being held in Scotland. 

Whilst the majority of restrictions have now been removed the situation remains fluid and operators/organisers are advised to remain cautious and should regularly check for Scottish Government updates at Coronavirus in Scotland and the Latest sport and physical activity guidance published by sportscotland and/or Scottish Governing Bodies (SGBs) of sport.  

Covid-19 Officer

The appointment of a Covid-19 Officer for events and competitions continues to be recommended with a training module available at COVID Officer E-Learning.

Risk Assessment & Consultation

Operators and organisers should continue, as part of their risk assessment, to consult with and obtain agreement from those bodies that they would normally require agreement from to run a competition or event.


There are currently no restrictions on the number of spectators able to attend sporting events and competitions.   However Scottish Government may, at short notice, update the guidance around indoor and outdoor spectating including existing certification scheme regulations.  Further information is available from the Scottish Government at Coronavirus (COVID-19): certification scheme - information for businesses and event organisers.

Organisers may also find useful information on the Visit Scotland website Coronavirus advice for events.

Elite / Performance Events & Competitions

On the 11 February 2022 Scottish Government removed elite athlete exemptions from international travel regulations.   This includes the removal of Schedule 6 which previously provided a list of specified competitions that international athletes could enter the country for using athlete exemptions for sporting events and competitions.

Both domestic and international elite athletes are now required to abide by the same travel regulations as the General Public.  These have also been updated, namely:

  • If you’re fully vaccinated, you'll no longer need to take a COVID-19 day 2 test after you arrive.  You'll still have to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) in the 48 hours before travelling back to Scotland.
  • Children under the age of 18 continue to be treated as fully vaccinated. 
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, you'll no longer need to self-isolate on arrival. You will however be required to complete a PLF and take a Pre-Departure Test (PDT) two days before travel, and a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on or before day 2 after arrival. 


Further information is available on the Scottish Government website at Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and quarantine.

Date published: 28 April 2021
Date updated: 23 March 2022


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