Travel

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Current advice is to stay at home as much as possible to avoid unnecessary social contact. Therefore you should not travel unless you really have to. 

MOT

Vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing.  All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require a MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.

For more details, please see here


FOREIGN TRAVEL 

If you do have to travel, you should check the latest advice. 

UK Government advice can be found here

NHS Scotland have advice here. 

There are some countries you shouldn’t go to. The World Health Organisation are publishing daily situation reports that describe the situation in each country. 

If you already have a holiday booked it’s worth checking guidance from your travel agent, airline or other holiday provider. You might be able to rebook your holiday for a later date.

If you need to cancel your holiday because you’re ill or you’re following government advice, get in touch with your travel insurer to see if you’re covered for cancelling. 

Consumer Advice Scotland may be useful in these circumstances. 

UK CITIZENS ABROAD 

MSPs and MPs both have established links to assist constituents in need of consular assistance overseas. Please get in touch with their offices

To ensure you are able to access consular assistance, we recommend you contact the local British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate General on their urgent support number. You can find this number by googling ‘UK in [country]’ If you are able to, we would encourage a friend or family member also contacting the FCO via 02070081500 to raise the matter. 

MPs and MSPs are able to ensure the FCO is aware of cases.

DOMESTIC TRAVEL

TRAINS

A revised train timetable will operate from Monday the 23rd of March, with earlier services to hospitals. More information can be found here.

Trainline have waived their change and refund fees.
More details can be found on their website

 

The Caledonian Sleeper is still running a very reduced service, with details available here.

If your ticket did not fall under their automatic refund policy, then please contact them here.

BUSES

Information about revised bus timetables can be found on the websites of the local bus operator.

AIR TRAVEL

Information about revised flight schedules can be found on the websites of the operator.

Loganair

Loganair are reducing flights from the week beginning 23rd March, with an emergency timetable for April and May. 

For Sumburgh, there will be two daily services to/from Edinburgh via Kirkwall and two daily services to/from Aberdeen. Glasgow and Inverness services suspended until 31 May. Launch of seasonal Bergen services delayed until mid-June.

Glasgow and Inverness services suspended until 31 May.

For Wick, Services will cease on 27 March.

FERRIES

Remote and rural areas can’t have extra pressure on essential services and on health services that are already more distant from people.

This has led to the Scottish Government advising ferry companies, who have already suspended bookings, to no longer take non-essential travellers.

Those who do not normally live on the islands and have travelled there in the last few days will be able to leave to reduce pressure, but from now on ferries will be for those who live on our islands and have an essential need to travel to or from the mainland and for essential supplies or business - nothing else.

Northlink passenger and freight services are continuing, but with adaptations. More information can be found here.

CRUISE LINERS

All ports in Scotland remain open. Each vessel is assessed on a case-by-case basis, with a maritime declaration of health being provided before arriving. This will include information about any illnesses on board. If there is no satisfactory Declaration of Health, the ship’s visit can be disallowed. 

Many cruise companies are suspending operations, and many cancellations are expected.

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