Can I Visit Scotland Covid-19 Update– This is the question being asked daily, so here is the official guidance and websites to find the information you need to make your own decisions that follow the guidelines.
Level System – Can I Visit Scotland Covid-19 Update
-Great news, from 16 April 2021 travel is permitted within Scotland (but do not stay away from your local authority area overnight for that purpose) – here is the latest from the Scottish Government. Hotels and accommodation will only reopen thought on 26 April 2021.
From 26 April expect unrestricted travel within Scotland, England and Wales (subject to other local restrictions in place).
- all shops, stores and close contact services can open
- hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until:
- 20:00 indoors (no alcohol)
- local licensing laws apply outdoors (alcohol permitted)
- tourist accommodation to reopen (self-catering accommodation to be restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering)
-Scotland had been using a Level System, where each different region is allocated one of five levels, which is regularly reviewed. The lower the level, the lower the rate of Covid-19, with 0 being the best, and 4 being the worst. Read all about it here.
-Face masks are mandatory on public transport, and in shops.r
-Quarantine rules are changing all the time – read the official UK guidance here, and research a specific Scottish link here. Scotland has managed isolation (quarantine) in place that differs from how other UK countries so please read and follow the Scottish regulations.
We are Not the Same as England – Can I Visit Scotland Covid-19 Update
Please don’t assume that what the UK Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, says necessarily applies to Scotland. So yes, it helps to follow UK and Scottish policy – please see the links below.
Key Information – Can I Visit Scotland Covid-19 Update
The sites you need to monitor are:-
The Scottish Government – https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ – this is the most relevant site to discover what you can and can’t do in Scotland when it comes to the Coronavirus.
Found more about the current case load in Scotland, this includes tests undertaken, positive results, negative results and deaths – https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-data-for-scotland/
For a UK picture click on this link – https://www.gov.uk
To seek information and guidance from the UK Foreign Office visit their site here – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office
NHS – National Health Service
For health advice and the latest NHS updates visit their site – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The are many media sites to consider and news stations available, but the BBC offers a lot of free information, paid for by the licence fee.
VisitScotland is Scotland’s destination management and marketing organisation. It will encourage travel to Scotland, when it’s safe to do so – https://www.visitscotland.com.
Other Personal Considerations
Insurance – Insurance policies have changed quite significantly. Be sure to check new policies, and any amendments to pre-existing policies, to ensure you are happy with what’s covered.
Foreign Office/Airports – If it gets to the point that Scotland welcomes visitors, be sure to check your own Foreign Office/Airport to check you’re permitted to leave your country, visit Scotland, and return home!
Risk – Even when Scotland tentatively reopens its doors, it’s important to consider what is your concept of risk and reaction to it. A holiday is there to be enjoyed, so be sure to travel when you can relax, not necessarily when everyone else starts to travel.
Cancellation Policies – As this is an ever-changing situation be sure to check that you’re happy with the cancellation policy and customer service history of those that you book with.
Scotland is a beautiful country, with a rich history, and so much to see and do. Stay safe.