There are currently restrictions on travel to and from Orkney - read our update for the latest information.

FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions to find out more about planning a visit to Orkney - updated 04/01/21

Find out the latest information on visiting Orkney.

We’ve tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we’re receiving below, but announcements are being made daily, and developments depend on the prevalence of COVID-19 nationally.

We’ll do our best to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but do please remember to check travel, accommodation and touring provider websites and social media for more information.

Can I visit Orkney?

New stay at home lockdown measures for mainland Scotland are now in force, with Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles remaining under Level Three restrictions for now.

This means travel between Orkney and other parts of Scotland/the UK is not permitted, unless for certain essential purposes.

Details of the measures can be found on the Scottish Government website.

What should I do if I start to suffer symptoms of Coronavirus/COVID-19 when I’m in Orkney?

If you or a family member feel unwell with a new continuous cough OR fever OR loss of/change in sense of smell or taste which started within the last five days, you should self-isolate immediately, notify your accommodation provider and book a test via NHS Inform. Find out more information on what to do next from our health advice page. If you are unsure or your symptoms worsen please call NHS24 on 111 for advice or guidance or visit the NHS Inform website.

NHS Orkney has a direct phone line to book a COVID-19 test. You can call to book a test on 01856 888 211 between 0800-1800 seven days a week.

If you have a medical emergency call 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms, or arrive with them, in Orkney?

You should immediately book a test through the NHS Inform website and, in line with Test and Protect, self-isolate for ten days. Everyone in your household should isolate for 14 days. If the test is negative, everyone can end isolation. If it’s positive, everyone should continue to isolate and NHS Test and Protect will be in touch to begin contact tracing. Those contacted via Test and Protect will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

If guests who are isolating can travel home safely, avoiding the use of public transport, then they should do this. If this is not possible, guests are expected to remain in their accommodation or make alternative arrangements and are expected to be able to cover any additional costs. In the event that this is not possible, the guest should discuss this with the NHS Test and Protect team. The guest may be signposted to the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 if they need help to isolate and cannot arrange it themselves or through friends and family.

After the required period of self-isolation, guests and anyone else in their party who has been affected can then return to their main place of residence.

Where can I find information about transport options for visiting Orkney?

For the latest information on flights to and from Orkney, please visit the Loganair website. The airline has also provided some healthy flying advice.

For the latest information on ferries to and from Orkney, please visit the NorthLink Ferries and Pentland Ferries websites.

Capacity on flights and ferries to Orkney is still restricted due to physical distancing - please don’t travel to Orkney without confirmed travel and accommodation bookings. Remember, travel between Orkney and other parts of Scotland/the UK is currently not permitted unless for certain essential purposes.


If there is anything else you'd like to know then get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or contact us at info@orkney.com and we'll do our best to help. If you have an accommodation-related query, contact Destination Orkney via admin@visitorkney.com. Questions about transport should be directed to the relevant provider.

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