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Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQs

Please note that this information (which is for Scotland) will be different to the situation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Update 26 April 2021

From 26 April, all tourist accommodation can re-open, as well as pubs, restaurants, museums and visitor attractions. Travel is permitted between Scotland and England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Changes to Lockdown and Levels (expected dates):

  • 26 April - All of Scotland returned to Level 3. Border re-opened with rest of UK.
  • 17 May - hoping that all level 3 areas (or as many as possible) will move to level 2.
  • 7 June - hoping that all of Scotland will move to level 1
  • End of June - hoping that all of Scotland will move to at least level 0.

Click here for the details of the Scottish Government timetable for easing restrictions (April - June 2021).

Scotland operates a system of levels (or tiers) - for more information on levels in Scotland.

FAQs

Face coverings in Scotland
It is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, banks and other enclosed areas such as museums, indoor tourist attractions, cinemas and places of worship.
It is also mandatory to wear a face covering inside bars/restaurants when you are not seated (e.g. when entering/leaving the premises or going to the toilet).
Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons.
You are also required to wear a face covering on public transport (see below).

Public transport
Please note that it is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport (including public areas of bus/train stations and airports) and in taxis. Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons (see full guidance).
Advance booking of trains and ferries is essential.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants
Certain restrictions will apply in hospitality venues when they are allowed to re-open. Click here for the details (April - June 2021).

Events and attractions
Feel free to check out the 2021 dates on our Events listing page. Many major events have been cancelled or postponed for 2021.
If you are hoping to visit attractions like castles and museums, please check when they will be open and if you need to pre-book time slots so that social distancing can be well managed (see our guide to what's open in and around Inverness). You will be asked to wear a face covering when visiting indoor attractions.

Arriving into the UK from abroad
The current rules on international arrivals from outside the UK mean that people must take a Covid test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in. A system of managed quarantine and further testing will operate in the UK until further notice. The quarantine rules in Scotland are different to those for people arriving into England. Please note that passengers entering England from 'red-list' countries seeking to travel onto Scotland would first need to isolate in a hotel in England.
See the latest Scottish Government Covid travel information.
For additional info, see the VisitScotland Travel to Scotland FAQ.

VisitScotland has a handy list which summaries the current situation and regulations in Scotland.

Testing
Scotland is now operating a 'Test and Protect' strategy.
The Protect Scotland app is available to download for free via Apple and Google stores.
For medical advice if you are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please consult the NHS website.