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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 25 January 2022

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 were 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.

FAQs

Accommodation
Our B&Bs are open in line with the Scottish Government regulations about how to operate our accommodation in a way which is safe for our guests and safe for us. You can book your holiday now.

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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.

Events and Attractions
Feel free to check out the dates on our Events listing page. Please check with individual event operators before planning to travel specifically to any events.
If you are aiming to visit attractions like castles and museums, please check if you need to pre-book time slots so that numbers 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.

From 18 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.

Arriving into the UK from abroad
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.
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.

The rules will change on 11th February 2022 as follows:

  • if you are fully vaccinated - you no longer need to take any tests if you can show proof of your vaccination status.
  • if you are not fully vaccinated - you must take a COVID-19 test before travelling and take a COVID-19 PCR test on/before day 2.

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

Testing
Scotland operates 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.

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