Preparing for your visit

24th March

The following information is provided to help you forward plan your visit so that your time in Shetland is enjoyable and goes as smoothly as possible.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

From 4am on Friday 18 March, Scotland’s travel rules for people arriving from abroad ended. If you are arriving in Scotland after this time, no COVID-19 travel rules apply. Travellers no longer be required to complete Passenger Locator Forms under those changes.

The Scottish Government’s website contains further advice for planning foreign travel and information on travel rules. Specific to your visit at Lerwick, are the following notes:

  • You can isolate on your yacht and do not have to stay in port for the duration of your isolation. Your vessel if free to come and go, with the exception that if the crew is isolating from a positive test, they must follow any guidance issued by the NHS/Port Health Authority.
  • If you are visiting Scotland from another country, you should check your own government’s advice about travelling home after visiting Scotland.

Brexit/Entering the UK

As the UK is no longer part of the EU single market, pleasure craft owners now need to report in line with the ‘Rest of World’ requirements.

From 1 January 2022, all pleasure craft arriving in and departing from the UK and the Isle of Man (including those arriving in and departing from EU countries) must report in accordance with the requirements published in Scottish Government's Notice 8: sailing your pleasure craft to and from the UK.

EU/EEA Travellers must contact the local Border Force Officer for the relevant arrival location to be granted permission to enter the UK (see poster below for contact details).

If Lerwick is your first point of entry in the UK, you must also complete Form C1331 which is provided in an excel template so that you can submit your data directly to the National Yachtline and the relevant regional Border Force command.

Bringing animals into the UK

You must use an approved route unless you’re travelling within the UK or from Ireland.

Lerwick Harbour is not an approved route for animals or pets to be brought into the UK.

Animals, birds or pets brought to the UK without a pet passport, an Animal Health Certificate issued in Great Britain or rabies Import Licence must always be kept in an enclosed part of the vessel below deck. You must not let them come into contact with any other animals. Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you do not follow these rules - or you could be refused entry. If you bring a banned breed of dog into Great Britain it can be taken away from you by the police or local authorities and could be destroyed.

Please check the most up to date guidance for bringing your pet to the UK before travelling and note that different rules apply for bringing any other animals to the UK.