By Promote ShetlandNovember 2nd 2020

Updated 2 November 2020

With new travel restrictions coming into place across Scotland, we kindly ask that anyone thinking to travel to Shetland please closely follow the Scottish Government's latest guidance.

What does this mean for people hoping to visit Shetland?

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to Shetland but we don't want you to be disappointed. At present, nobody should travel to Shetland from a Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area in Scotland, unless it's for essential purposes.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland are subject to their own restrictions, so please ensure you follow the advice relevant to your area. It is essential, however, that you please adhere to the latest Scottish Government guidance, which given the state of the pandemic across the UK, recommends that people avoid any unnecessary travel between Scotland and England, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

This applies to people who live in Scotland and to people who live elsewhere in the UK who are thinking of coming to Scotland and/or Shetland.

If you’re in an area where travel is permitted (currently Levels 0, 1 and 2 in Scotland) and are thinking of visiting us in the coming weeks and months, please read all of the latest official Scottish Government and NHS Scotland guidelines before deciding to travel.

If you do have to make a journey to Shetland, please see the NorthLink and Loganair websites for the latest ferry and air travel updates.

If you are planning to visit Shetland by yacht or small boat, please see the latest guidance from Shetland Islands Council.

If you do have to visit Shetland for essential purposes...

  • Continue to wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser in shops and visitor attractions where it is provided.
  • Wear face coverings in all shops and on public transport.
  • Check notices on the doors and windows of shops, visitor attractions, cafes etc., as they may be limiting the number of people they allow in.
  • Use contactless payment in local shops as much as possible.
  • Maintain the 2 metres social distancing guidelines, although this can be reduced to 1 metre on public transport and in retail outlets and indoor and outdoor hospitality venues, where agreed risk mitigation is in place.
  • Enjoy the countryside and open spaces but remember to take all your rubbish with you when you leave.

Please also be aware that not all visitor attractions, shops and restaurants will be reopening as normal. If there's something that you'd particularly like to see or do during your trip, please check ahead whether this is feasible to avoid disappointment.

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.