Preparing for your visit

5th June

Good forward planning will ensure that your time in Shetland goes smoothly and to help make sure your stay is enjoyable.

We encourage you to make the most of your visit but please respect the destination and consider actions you can take to minimise risk within our community.

The links contained throughout this summary contain important key COVID-19 safety and Brexit changes. Please familiarise yourself with the information provided which should be read in conjunction with our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Updates.

Covid Safety

Shetland is currently in Protection Level 0.

UK/domestic travel is permitted both within Scotland and between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man – with the exception of any areas of Scotland in Level 3 or Level 4. In addition:

  • Pre-departure testing before visiting island communities is strongly recommended.
  • Testing and isolation requirements required for international travel are not required for travel within the Common Travel Area but is subject to regional restrictions.
  • Overnight stays onboard your boat are permitted, for 8 people from 4 households.
  • Outdoor socialising up to 15 people from 15 households is permitted.
  • Indoor socialising up to 10 people from 4 households is permitted.
  • Under 12s do not count towards the total number of people or households meeting outside but count towards the household numbers indoors.
  • Hospitality, shops, stores, services and tourism venues are open.

International arrivals present a risk of bringing new cases and variants of COVID-19 into the islands. What you must do when you arrive in Scotland from abroad depends on where you have been in the previous 10 days and if the country you have travelled from is on the Red/Amber/Green list. In addition:

  • You must have a valid test booking reference from your Covid test package to complete the online passenger locator form.
  • If you test positive on a COVID-19 test, instructions are provided on how to contact the NHS.
  • You can isolate on your yacht unless you arrive from a RED list country, or meet any of the RED list criteria.
  • Yachts do not have to stay in port for the duration of their isolation. You are free to come and go, with the exception that if you are isolating from a Positive test, you must follow any guidance issued by the Port Health Authority.

Before travelling to Scotland from a RED list country, you must:

If you have been in an AMBER list country in the 10 days before travelling to Scotland, you must:

Before travelling to Scotland from a GREEN list country or area, you must:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • take a COVID-19 test
  • book and pay £88 for a COVID-19 test – You should take this test within 2 days of arriving in Scotland. On the form, please select the closest arrival port to Shetland. The 'UK Delivery Address' for your test kits can be: c/o Lerwick Port Authority, Albert Building, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LL and we will arrange to deliver your test kits on arrival.
  • You will not need to isolate unless your test results are positive, or someone you have travelled with has tested positive.

Entering the UK/Brexit

All Pleasure Craft arriving from outside the UK must report to Border Force prior to arrival.

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

Visiting yacht crews are advised to read the latest Government guidance for sailing your pleasure craft to the UK.

If you have any items to declare on your pleasure craft on either leaving or arriving in the UK, please complete Form C1331 and arrange to return this to the local Border Force Officer.

Skippers are advised to contact Port Control prior to arrival to establish current status of local facilities, by telephone to +44 (0) 1595 69 2991 or by email.