CURRENT TRAVEL ADVICE FOR SCOTLAND. February 2021

Below is some travel advice I have found on the Scottish government sites.  I will update it when more information becomes available. If you are thing about travelling to Scotland any time soon please check the government sites for any new information.

The current roadmap released by the government this week states they are planning to open their borders for travel in June, however, it's not been clarified if that is just to locals or other countries and if there will be restrictions.

My personal opinion is that we won't be travelling any time soon. If you asked me when I would say “how long is a piece of string?”. No one knows at this point. Hopefully this last lockdown and the vaccine release will get on top of things but its a waiting game at the moment.

Once Scottish residents are allowed to travel within Scotland and there is a period of no new cases Im sure they will open their borders to other countries in the same position.

We all love Scotland, *you wouldn't be reading this if you didn’t) and we only want the best for the country and the people. Rushing to visit before things are under control can only cause damage and harm. In the meantime we can still plan and dream and share all the things we love about Scotland. Plus watch and read Outlander of course.

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Please check the information yourself. If someone is telling you to book because you can travel now or soon I would steer clear.

If you are looking to book something because you are worried when it opens up again you will miss out that's ok but make sure you can get a refund or transfer of funds if the trip doesn't go ahead. There is a very good chance prices will increase in 2022 if and when travel is allowed. So many companies have been struggling through this shutdown and unfortunately, not all will survive.

Make sure you keep track of any bookings you already have and stay in touch with the companies. Remember it may take a while to get a response since they are currently closed and they don't know any more than you do at the moment as to when this will all be over.

When it does open up or even before I would be booking ahead. Don't count on turning up and finding accommodation etc. Even attractions will have restriction and will sell out fast.

I have included a list of websites at the bottom of this post.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance  - source: Scottish Government  -gov.scot

I have only included things that would apply to adults wishing to travel to Scotland. For more information check the government website.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/

Advice by the Scottish Government -Stay at home

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible. By law, in a Level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose.

The new regulations apply to all parts of Scotland currently in level 4. The island areas currently in level 3 will remain there but will be kept under review.

THESE RULES APPLY IF YOU ARE IN SCOTLAND

You must wear a mask or face covering at all times when you are outside.

Avoid crowded places and wash your hands regularly and use sanitiser where possible.

Maintain social distancing at all times.

If you have symptoms self-isolate and book a test.

Only leave your home for essential purposes - see below.

WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO

https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/factsheet/2021/01/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-infographic/documents/stay-at-home-infographic/stay-at-home-infographic/govscot%3Adocument/Stay%2Bat%2BHome%2Binfographic%2B-%2B19%2BJanuary%2B2021.pdf

SOCIALISING  - WHAT YOU CAN DO

A maximum of 2 people can meet outside their home for recreation and exercise if not from the same household.

Essential shopping only - only essential retail stores and pharmacies are open, use home delivery where possible.

Parks and gardens are open for local exercise

Outdoor exercise is allowed with a maximum of 2 people if not from the same household.

Outdoor gyms are open.

Outdoor non-contact sport i.e. golf and tennis is permitted.
Organised Sport and exercise for under 12’s can continue with guidance.

Takeaway can be purchased if consumed off-premises. Purchase by delivery or pick up.

WHAT YOU CANT DO.

NO in-home socialising.

NO going on holidays.

NO personal services such as hairdressers, barbers etc

NO restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars are open.

NO visitors attractions and museums are open.

NO public buildings are open except for essential services.

NO places are worship are open.

NO events or live performances are allowed

NO indoor measure and entertainment venues are open.

NO indoor sport and exercise venues are open

NO holiday accommodation is open to tourist. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering are open for essential customers only.

ARRIVING IN SCOTLAND

Everyone who arrives in Scotland must provide proof of a negative Covid test taken within 36 hours before arriving in Scotland whether you have been vaccinated or not. There is a large quarantine cost applied to stay in one of the six quarantine hotels. £1,750 for one person and an additional adult or child over 12 cost is £650 and children aged 5 to 12  costs  £325.

You will be given 2  covid tests while in isolation and they need to be rebooked before you arrive or you may receive a fine of £500.

THE 5-TIER SYSTEM

Scotland has 5 Protection Levels [or tiers] to help control the virus. Each area in Scotland is allocated a different tier depending on the prevalence of the virus across Scotland. You can see what tier each area in Scotland is in here.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/

LEVEL 4 – LOCKDOWN

Level 4 is essentially a lockdown order to stay at home. For stay at home guidance, click here.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/

Accommodation is closed for tourism and only open for essential travel

Restaurants are takeaway only

No in-home socialising; maximum of 2 people from separate households allowed to meet outside

No use of public transport except for essential travel

Visitor attractions closed

Parks and gardens open for exercise

LEVEL 3 – VERY HIGH

Accommodation open for work or leisure purposes within your own Level 3 area

No in-home socialising

Restaurants open but must close at 6 pm [no alcohol being served]

6 people from up to 2 households can meet indoors at a restaurant/cafe

6 people, max can meet outdoors from 2 households

Essential travel only to/from level 3 or 4 areas in Scotland and to/from the rest of the UK

Visitor attractions/shopping open with safety measures in place

Parks and gardens open for exercise

LEVEL 2 – HIGH

Accommodation open

No in-home socialising

Restaurants open but must close at 8 pm [alcohol only served with meal]

6 people from up to 2 households can meet indoors at a restaurant/cafe

6 people, max can meet outdoors from 2 households

Essential travel only to/from level 3 or 4 areas in Scotland and to/from the rest of the UK

Visitor attractions/shopping open with safety measures in place

Parks and gardens open for exercise

LEVEL 1 – MEDIUM

Accommodation open

No in-home socialising

Restaurants open but must close at 10.30 pm

6 people from up to 2 households can meet indoors at a restaurant/cafe

6 people, max can meet outdoors from 2 households

Essential travel only to/from level 3 or 4 areas in Scotland and to/from the rest of the UK

Visitor attractions/shopping open with safety measures in place

Parks and gardens open for exercise

LEVEL 0 – NEARLY NORMAL

Accommodation open

Restaurants open but must close at 10.30 pm

8 people from up to 3 households can meet indoors

6 people, max can meet outdoors from two households

Essential travel only to/from level 3 or 4 areas in Scotland and to/from the rest of the UK

Visitor attractions/shopping open with safety measures in place

Parks and gardens open for exercise

WEBSITES FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

Scottish Government website: The first place to check is the Coronavirus in Scotland page.

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS [National Health Service]: For up to date information on what to do if you are in Scotland and have symptoms or need to book a test, visit the NHS website.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

News: For the latest news in Scotland, I recommend following the BBC.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland

Visit Scotland: Visit Scotland also has a page with helpful information and updates on the Covid-19 situation in Scotland.

https://www.visitscotland.com/about/practical-information/covid-19-recovery-phases/