Is Scotland Safe to Visit? Covid-19 Update – This is the question being asked daily, so here is the latest guidance, and recommendations for the best places to find the information you need.
Deeside, courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire
Right now, the lockdown in Scotland has been extended until 28 May 2020. For now, please stay at home. Travel is not permitted in Scotland – we are currently allowed out to shop for necessities, to exercise, for medical needs, and for essential work. Phase 1 of the easing of lockdown was announced on 20 May, due to kick in from 28 May – read the details here. Page 37 onwards, shows the pictorial route map out of lockdown.
We are Not the Same as England
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.
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, and to check if UK quarantine rules have been brought into play, click on this link – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
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 – If it gets to the point that Scotland welcomes visitors, be sure to check your own Foreign Office to check you’re permitted to leave your country, visit Scotland, and return home!
Flights – A flight may still be scheduled even when Scotland’s in lockdown. Don’t assume that if a flight’s operating that a holiday is in the offing.
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. Currently, travel is not an option in Scotland, and health is definitely the priority. But Scotland will wait, ripe for international visitors, local day trips, or weekend breaks in the future. Till then, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Stay safe.