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Covid-19 update, 14 September 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 9 August 2021, the majority of Covid restrictions in Scotland were lifted. Please note - mask wearing in shops, bars, restaurants, indoor attractions and public transport will still be in place for the foreseeable future.

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


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 abroad
The UK currently 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 follow the requirements listed below depending on their country of departure. This is due to be reviewed in late September / early October 2021 with a view to simplying the system.

  • Arriving from a 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.
  • Arriving from an Amber list country - you must self-isolate at home for 10 days and take PCR tests on days 2 and 8.
    Exceptions - people arriving 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). Separate rules apply for children.
    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 PCR test on day 2 of arrival.

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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