COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

7th October

Scotland has moved beyond the protection level restrictions. All harbour users and visitors are expected to continue to act carefully and follow the guidance on Coronavirus in Scotland.

Visiting yachts

Crew members must adhere to the national rules and you can find a summary of the requirements on our Preparing for your visit page.


Domestic and International cruising has resumed in Scotland following all relevant government guidance.

The Authority has worked with cruise industry partners, the Port Health Authority and Public Health Authority to put in place plans and procedures to safely manage cruise calls at Lerwick.

The 2022 cruise list will be published early next year, although changes can be expected as operators firm up their itineraries around the global travel situation.

Vessel arrivals

Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Ports Liaison Network states any vessel arriving from a foreign port must provide a Declaration to the local Port Health Authority:

Notice to Mariners – Maritime Declaration of Health, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

If a ship declares crew and/or passengers are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, an assessment of the situation will be done by Port Health Authority and if necessary, quarantine measures implemented. The Port Health Authority, NHS Shetland and Shetland Islands Council Emergency Planning and Resilience Service will take the necessary action to mitigate any risk to public health.


The Authority continues to operate a 24/7 service, working to all current advice and guidance, closely monitoring all its activities and liaising with relevant third parties.

Access to our reception at Albert Building remains for essential deliveries and pre-arranged appointments only. Visitors must wear face masks or coverings when entering the building and in all corridors and communal areas.

Any contractors or third parties engaged by the Authority require to demonstrate that they have robust COVID-19 control measures in place and that all work is planned to minimise risk.

Enhanced bio-security measures are in place across the Authority’s operations.

General advice and guidance:

Coronavirus in Scotland

Information about visiting Shetland

Serco NorthLink Ferries Updates

NHS Inform Health Advice