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By Promote ShetlandNovember 2nd 2020

Updated 21 December 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?

With a new strain of COVID-19 detected across the UK, the Scottish Government currently advises that nobody travel to Shetland, unless it's for essential purposes.

Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles will move from Level 1 to Level 3 on Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December) for three weeks. The rest of Scotland will be in Level 4, meaning nobody should be travelling outside their local authority, unless it is for essential purposes.

Travel to Scotland from other parts of the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is currently not permitted by law. Please see the Scottish Government website for more information.

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

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.

Medical advice

COVID-19 can cause respiratory illness of varying severity. Until the new vaccine is widely rolled out across the population 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.