COVID-19 (updated 10 October 2020)

Welcome to Scotland
Welcome to Scotland

International tourism is restricted so please check if restrictions apply to the country you are entering the UK from. If you are allowed to enter, you need to fill this online form at least 48 hours in advance. Fines apply if you don't or if you leave important information out.


Depending on what country you are coming from you might have to quarantine.

At the moment, this would also apply to us as we always travel via ferry from the Netherlands.


You can find further information via Visit Scotland or the website of the Scottish Government.


In addition to the restrictions from the government, Visit Scotland points out that the Scottish Outdoor Access Code should be observed at all times. Unfortunately, in the weeks since the first easing, visitors have left lots of trash behind...


New restrictions have been put in place



  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages can be served indoors in bars, pubs and restaurants until 6 pm. Curfew is at 10 pm and alcohol may only be served outdoors until then. Hotels and their restaurants may open until 6 pm, but are not allowed to serve any alcohol after that.
  • Minimum distance in shops is 2 metres (there might be one way regulations in place).




These regional restrictions apply to


Edinburgh & the Lothians,

Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley,

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs,


Ayrshire & Arran,

Forth Valley:


  • Licensed pubs, bars and restaurants are only allowed takeaway service from 9 to 25 October 2020.
  • Cafés are allowed to open until 6 pm, but may not serve alcohol
  • Hotels and their restaurants are open to guests only and may not serve any alcohol
  • Public transport should be avoided unless it's absolutely necessary
  • Casinos, pool and snooker, bowling and bingo halls must remain closed
  • People are asked to consider whether travel outside their region is necessary



  • Outdoor activities, tours, coaches alongside other unconnected households are still possible if the operator's capacity allows. Please keep to your own household  and follow 2 m physical distancing (1 m for organised day boat trips). It's obligatory to wear your mask on coaches, tours and boat trips.
  • You can stay in self-catered accommodation (including caravans, flats and holiday cottages) with your own household observing the the current restrictions on indoor private gatherings.
  • If you are staying in a hotel, B&B or similar, you should book one room per household.


The German Federal Foreign Office has now officially declared Scotland a risk area

(might not apply to your country).


Scotland just returned to phase 4 from phase 3 meaning that restrictions will be sharpened again.

  • People who are able to do remote work should do so
  • Restaurants, pubs and bars have to close at 10pm
  • No visits to other households allowed (exceptions for people who live alone or alone with children for care purposes)
  • Outdoor meetings limited to 2 households and 6 people max. (not applying to children under 12)
  • Car sharing should be avoided


Only 6 people from two households are allowed to meet (excluding children under 12).

This applies to private homes and gardens as well as to restaurants and pubs.


While the partial lockdown in Aberdeen has been lifted new restrictions have been set up for Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.


Members of different households can meet outdoors, indoor visits to care homes or hospitals are limited.


Partial lockdown in Aberdeen


Due to increased Covid-19 cases in Aberdeen the city has gone back to a partial lockdown.

Trips to Aberdeen should be postponed until the situation is over.




  • Campsites
  • Hotels
  • Self-catering accommodation
  • Motorhome access
  • Wild camping
  • Gardens
  • Visitor centres, museums, galleries, zoos and other attractions
  • Outdoor activities
  • Weddings with a limited number of guests
  • Retail shops and shopping centres
  • Public toilets
  • Public transport (with limited access)
  • Restaurants, pubs, cafés and bars (indoors and outdoors)
  • Outdoor sports
  • Outdoor markets
  • Gyms
  • Contact sports
  • Event spaces


  •  The 5-mile restriction was lifted on 3 July 2020
  • You can now book self-catering accommodation or visit your second home (with members of your household)
  • Restaurants, pubs etc. are allowed to serve customers outdoors from 6 July 2020

Phase 1 (complete)

  • The distance to people outside your own household should be at least two metres, both indoors and outdoors
  • If it is not possible to keep this distance, you should consider going somewhere else
  • You should avoid going more than 5 miles from your place of residence for leisure activities
  • If possible, travel on foot, by bicycle or by car
  • Many facilities are closed (e.g. visitor centres, parking lots, campsites, toilets)
  • The following sports may be practised outdoors without restriction: Jogging, cycling, fishing, golf, tennis, riding, archery, hiking, water sports, walking
  • It is allowed to use public places for recreation
  • Up to 8 people from two households are allowed to meet once a day. However, they should bring their own food (e.g. when having a picnic)
  • Food and drink can be picked up from restaurants
  • Garden centres and nurseries are open
Visitor facilities at Loch Lomond are currently closed
Visitor facilities at Loch Lomond are currently closed

Phase 2 (complete)

  • Larger groups of friends/family are allowed to meet outdoors
  • It is allowed to meet with people from another household indoors
  • Excursions within the region (approx. 5 miles) - for the purpose of recreation or exercise - are possible again
  • Visits to small retailers are allowed
  • Public transport can be used to a limited extent
  • Playgrounds can be visited
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies with a limited number of guests can be held
  • Restaurants and pubs can serve people outdoors
  • Sports is possible on courts
  • Professional sport can be practiced again
  • Open-air markets with limited visitor numbers can take place
  • You can visit gardens and zoos
Shopping in Fort William
Shopping in Fort William

Phase 3

  • It is allowed to meet with people from several households indoors
  • Excursions outside the region - for recreation or exercise purposes - are possible
  • Visits to larger retail stores are allowed
  • Public transport can be used to a limited extent
  • Museums, cinemas, galleries and libraries can be visited
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies outside the closest family are allowed
  • Restaurants and pubs can serve people both indoors and outdoors
  • Overnight stays in hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes might be possible again (ATTENTION! Does not necessarily apply to international guests!)
  • Training at he gym can be resumed
  • You can visit religious places
  • Live events with a limited number of participants can take place

Phase 4

  • You can meet other people again
  • Shopping and eating out is possible without restrictions
  • Public transport can be used in full
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies can be held without restrictions
  • Live events can take place with relaxed measures
Highland Games, Stirling
Highland Games, Stirling

There is no fixed date on which the individual phases take effect - it's a weekly decision depending on the number of infections.

If the trend turns negative, there could also be a step backwards into a previous phase.


At present, it looks as if restricted travel will be possible again from 15 July 2020.
Whether this also applies to international guests, however, yet remains unclear.



People entering from abroad (e.g. UK citizens who work abroad for a while) currently have to go into self-isolation for 14 days.


DFDS, which we normally use, has currently suspended all ferry services between Amsterdam and Newcastle until 30 June 2020 (Status: 16 June 2020).

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