Covid-19 update, 11 May 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]

From 26 April 2021, all tourist accommodation in Scotland can re-open, as well as pubs, restaurants, museums and visitor attractions. Travel is permitted between Scotland and England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From 17 May there will be a further easing of restrictions in Scotland as most of the country moves out of Level 3:

  • Level 2 - all of mainland Scotland (except Moray), Skye and the islands which are not moving to Level 1.
  • Level 1 - Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and the following islands within Argyll and Bute: Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva.

The area of Moray is likely to remain at Level 3 for a while longer due to concerns over case numbers.

Changes to Lockdown and Levels (expected dates):

  • 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.

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

Please be assured that in line with Scottish Government guidance, our B&Bs are able to re-open for business from 26th April 2021. We will be implementing all the hygiene, cleaning and social distancing measures required to keep guests and B&B owners safe.
Government regulations currently mean that only one household (or 'extended household') can stay in each room booked at a B&B establishment (or hotel). 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 essential.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants
All venues are allowed to open indoors and outdoors. Certain restrictions on numbers and opening times may apply.

Arriving into the UK from abroad
The UK is now operating 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.
New rules will be in place from 17 May 2021:
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.
Arriving from a Green list country - you are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19.
The Green List for Scotland will initially be the same as that in place for England but will be subject to review. Reviews usually take place every 3 weeks.
See the Green, Amber, Red list countries.
See the latest Scottish Government Covid travel information.
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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