Preparing for your visit

16th August

Good forward planning will ensure that your time in Shetland goes smoothly and is as enjoyable as possible. We encourage you to make the most of your visit and to consider actions you can take to minimise risk within our community.

As of 9 August 2021, Scotland 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.

The links contained in the following summary contains 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.

UK/domestic travel is permitted both within Scotland and between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. In addition:

  • Pre-departure testing before visiting island communities is strongly recommended.
  • Testing and isolation requirements for international travel are not required for travel within the Common Travel Area but is subject to regional restrictions.
  • Facemasks remain compulsory indoors.
  • Meet outside if you can, and open windows when indoors.
  • Keep your distance from people not in your group.
  • Local businesses have returned to normal opening hours.
  • Booking is advised for cafes and restaurants.

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.

The green, amber and red lists can change at short notice. Before you arrive in Scotland, you should check these lists and make sure you are following the correct rules.

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:

Before travelling to Scotland from an AMBER list country, you must:

You no longer need to self-isolate if you are travelling to Scotland from an amber list country and have been fully vaccinated in one of the following countries:

  • UK (including as part of UK vaccine rollout overseas).
  • EU member states (except France).
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland, Liechtensten, Norway and Switzerland).
  • Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.
  • USA.

‘Fully vaccinated’ means that you’ve had your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through an approved source, at least 14 days before you arrive in Scotland. You must also:

  • Make sure you have a printed record of your vaccination.
  • Declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form.
  • Take a COVID-19 test before travelling.
  • Book and pay £68 for a COVID-19 test – you should take this test within 2 days of arriving in Scotland and must book your testing kit using the CTM Booking Portal. 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.

If you’ve not been fully vaccinated by an approved source

If you’ve been in an amber list country in the 10 days before travelling to Scotland and have not been fully vaccinated, you must:

  • Complete a passenger locator form.
  • Take a COVID-19 test before travelling.
  • Book and pay £136 for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests - you must book your testing kit using the CTM Booking Portal – any other type of testing kit, such as free NHS kits or those sold by private businesses, cannot be used for these tests. 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 kits on arrival so you do not have to leave your boat.
  • On arrival in Scotland you must isolate onboard for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test - on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your 10 day isolation. Please contact Port Control when you have completed your COVID-19 test and we will arrange for this to be posted.

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 £68 for a COVID-19 test – you should take this test within 2 days of arriving in Scotland and must book your testing kit using the CTM Booking Portal. 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 Lerwick is your first point of entry in the UK, you must complete Form C1331 and arrange for this to be returned to the local Border Force Officer. This can also be returned to info@lerwick-harbour.co.uk

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.