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Coronavirus

Covid-19 update, 19 January 2022

Please note this following information applies to Scotland. The situation is different in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you have any queries, please email us on [email protected]

From August 2021, the majority of Covid restrictions in Scotland were lifted. Additional measures resumed in December 2021 due to the spread of the Omicron variant but most of these are due to be lifted on 24 January 2022. Testing before mixing with others using a lateral flow test is recommended. Please note - mask wearing in shops, bars, restaurants, indoor attractions and public transport remains in place for the foreseeable future.

Travel is permitted between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Accommodation
Please be assured that in line with Scottish Government guidance, our B&Bs have been allowed to re-open for business from 26th April 2021. We are implementing all the hygiene and cleaning required to keep guests and B&B owners safe.

When you book a stay with one of Scotland's Best B&Bs, the owner can inform you about their Covid policy. This may include arranging a specific check-in time and breakfast time with you. Some of our members are only allowing one household (or extended household) to stay in their establishment at any given time. Simply ask your chosen B&B owner if you require more information about their Covid policy prior to your arrival.

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 12 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 12 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons (see full guidance).
Advance booking of trains and ferries is recommended.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants
All hospitality venues are allowed to open indoors and outdoors. Face covering must be worn inside when you are not seated. Venues are obliged to collect the contact details of customers to help with Test and Protect.

Arriving into the UK from international destinations
If arrriving into the UK from a designated Red list country - you are required to enter a managed isolation hotel and stay there for 10 days. You must also take a PCR test on days 2 and 8 after arrival. As of 15 December 2021, no countries are on the Red list.
For adults (over 18) who have not been in a Red list country within 10 days of arriving in Scotland:

  • if you are fully vaccinated - you must show proof of vaccination status, and pay for a COVID-19 test within 2 days of arriving in Scotland.
  • if you are not fully vaccinated - you must take a COVID-19 test before travelling, self-isolate for 10 days, take a COVID-19 PCR test on/before day 2 and on/after day 8 of your 10 day isolation.

All arrivals must also complete a passenger locator form.

See the latest Scottish Government Covid travel information for the full details for each scenario and the rules for children.
For additional info, see the VisitScotland Travel to Scotland FAQ.

Events
Please check with individual event operators before planning to travel to any events.
From October 2021, Scotland has a legal requirement for people to provide a Covid vaccine certificate (also called a Covid passport) for entry to nightclubs and certain big events (see full details). A recent negative lateral flow test is an alternative to proof of vaccination.

VisitScotland has a handy list which summarises 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland!

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