Please note: COVID-19 regulations mean Shetland is temporarily closed to all visitors and non-essential travellers. Read more

Coronavirus: Information for all visitors

by Promote Shetland -

Updated: 16 April 2020

Shetland is subject to the same regulations relating to coronavirus/COVID-19 as the rest of the UK. Do not attempt to travel to the islands.

We ask you to please stay at home and respect the health and wellbeing of the people in our community.

We look forward to welcoming you once this crisis has passed. In the meantime, we'll share all that is wonderful about Shetland on our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Travel to and from Shetland

Northlink Ferries is no longer taking non-essential travellers. From now on, these ferries will be for those who live on our islands who have an essential need to travel to or from the mainland and for essential supplies or business.

All existing bookings are suspended – anyone seeking to travel and complying with the criteria for travel will be asked to comply with these requirements and book at the port of departure. For more information, visit the NorthLink website.

Sumburgh Airport is also closed to all scheduled flights but is open for lifeline services, including traffic relating to Royal Mail, the NHS and the oil and gas industry.

Island buses and inter-island ferry services are also running to reduced timetables. For the latest information, see the ZetTrans website.

Event and attraction information

This year's Shetland Folk Festival, Classic Motor Show, Shetland Wool Week, Shetland Nature Festival and Shetland Boat Week have been cancelled.

The Shetland Museum and Archives and the Shetland Amenity Trust’s head offices in Lerwick have closed to the public until further notice. The upcoming seasonal opening of the Trust’s other sites at Sumburgh Head, the Crofthouse Museum, and Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village are also closed.

Shetland Arts have closed their venues, with Mareel, Bonhoga Gallery, Garrison Theatre and the ShetlandMade retail outlet closed until further notice. All Shetland Arts events are now cancelled until the end of June 2020. August's Folk Frenzy has also been cancelled. Shetland Recreational Trust have also closed all leisure centres and Shetland Library is closed until further notice.

Medical advice

COVID-19 can cause respiratory illness of varying severity. Currently, there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for infection with the virus, so it’s important that the public be vigilant and follow NHS guidelines.

To keep up to date with the latest news on the virus and what to do if you think you may be a carrier, visit the NHS Inform website.

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