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Travel Advice for Visitors to South West Scotland

last updated 13th October

We love welcoming visitors to our beautiful corner of Scotland. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, it is vitally important for the protection of all that we do that as safely as possible.

Tourism businesses across our region have worked hard to put in place the necessary processes to keep you safe.

So we ask all visitors planning to come to the region to also play your part.

Please stay informed, the UK and Scottish Government guidelines are constantly evolving, so it’s important to be aware of the latest guidelines and advice as it applies to you (see summary below).

Please plan ahead, many businesses, attractions, outlets etc may not be open or have changed their opening hours, they may be limiting access or limiting group sizes etc, so please reach out to them ahead of your visit and check that they are opening and can accommodate you.

Please protect yourself and others by being considerate to local communities and following the Scottish Government guidelines which are there to keep us all safe.

Restrictions in Scotland:

Local Restrictions

There are a number of areas in Scotland which have been placed under tighter restrictions than those set out above. These restrictions are in place until Sunday 25th October and apply to the following regions.

The restrictions are as follows

Advice and Restrictions for Visiting Hospitality and Attractions.

Contact Tracing App

All residents and visitors should download the Protect Scotland app for free from the Apple and Google Stores. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for Coronavirus. It supports contact tracing and works through Bluetooth anonymously, protecting your privacy.

Visiting from other parts of the UK

Now the travel restriction has been lifted and accommodation has reopened, you can visit from other parts of the UK.

For those living in areas of England currently under tighter restrictions we would ask people to only travel to Scotland for essential trips to help keep the virus under control. Please stay up to date with the latest advice from the UK and Scottish Governments see links below.

Visiting from outside of the UK

Visitors from some countries are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Scotland. Please check the list of countries from which you can travel without quarantine restrictions.

Every visitor must provide their journey and contact details before they travel to the UK.

Links for the latest updates:

Scottish Government Guidelines for retail, tourism and hospitality customers

Scottish Governement’s COVID-19 RouteMap

Visit Scotland Guidance

United Kingdom Government Advice and Information

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