COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

22nd June

The Authority continues to operate a 24/7 service, working to all current advice and guidance. Our business premises are open to the public and we continue to encourage hybrid working and online meetings where suitable.

All harbour users and visitors are expected to comply with guidance on Coronavirus in Scotland.

Visiting yachts or arriving from abroad

Scotland’s travel rules for people arriving from abroad ended at 4am on Friday 18 March. If you are arriving in Scotland after this time, no Covid-19 travel rules apply. You do not need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, or take any covid tests before you leave for Scotland or isolate on arrival. For more detailed information to help with your arrival, please visit our Preparing for your visit page.


Cruise guidance issued by Public Health Scotland was removed on Monday 21 March 2022. There are no restrictions or enforced procedures on Cruise Ships or Cruise Passengers entering Scotland. Domestic and International cruising is permitted following relevant government guidance.

Vessel arrivals

There is no longer an automatic requirement to issue a Maritime Declaration of Health for covid reporting. Normal reporting procedures do still apply as required under The Public Health (Ships) (Scotland) Regulations 1971 (as amended 1974, 1978, 2007) for reporting of infectious diseases and circumstances that may lead to transmission of infectious disease, where detected. These matters are reported using the Maritime Declaration of Health.

Vessels arriving at Lerwick are reminded:

  • of their responsibilities to report infectious disease risks;
  • to follow any instructions given by local health protection agencies and/or Shetland Islands Council Port Health to allow for investigation and control of infectious disease; and
  • that Covid-19 cases should continue to be reported, in addition to any other infectious diseases or circumstances that may lead to transmission of infectious diseases.

General advice and guidance:

Coronavirus in Scotland

Information about visiting Shetland

Serco NorthLink Ferries Updates

NHS Inform Health Advice