Covid-19 update, 29 July 2021

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]

Scotland operates a system of Levels (or tiers) and from 19 July 2021, all of Scotland is at Level 0. Please note - this means that some restrictions including social distancing, mask wearing, restricted numbers, etc. will still be in place.
The Scottish Government hopes that restrictions will be lifted further on 9 August.

Levels in Scotland - click here to see what's allowed at each level.

Travel is permitted between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are restrictions on travel from other countries (see below).

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, cleaning and social distancing measures required to keep guests and B&B owners safe.
Please note that B&Bs can have guests staying in more than one room at any given time, but social distancing must be maintained by anyone from separate households. Some of our B&Bs will operate on an exclusive use basis to have guests from only one household at any given time.

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.


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 recommended.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants
All hospitality venues are allowed to open indoors and outdoors. Certain restrictions on numbers and opening times still apply. Face covering must be worn inside when you are not seated.

Arriving into the UK from abroad
The UK operates a 'traffic light' system for international travel with Green, Amber and Red countries. Arrivals from all destinations are required to take a Covid test before leaving their country of origin, and should also be tested again on or before day 2 of entering the UK.

  • Arriving from a Red list country - you are required to enter a managed isolation hotel and stay there for 10 days.
  • Arriving from an Amber list country - you must self-isolate at home for 10 days and take two PCR tests during this period.
    Exceptions - UK residents who have been fully vaccinated through a UK vaccination programme (and have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before arrival) are no longer required to self-isolate but must take a test on day 2 after arrival (with the exception of people travelling from France). Separate rules apply for children.
    From Monday 2 August 2021, visitors from the US and EU who can show proof of being fully vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival (but must still take a test on day 2).
    Anyone testing positive for or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will still be required to isolate for 10 days.
  • Arriving from a Green list country - you are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19.

See the latest Scottish Government Covid travel information for the full details for each scenario.
See the Green, Amber, Red list countries.
For additional info, see the VisitScotland Travel to Scotland FAQ.

Please check with individual event operators before planning to travel to any events in 2021.

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

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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