Updated - 16/5/22
We’ve tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received below. Remember that things can change quickly 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 check travel, accommodation and touring provider websites and social media for more information.
- Can I visit Orkney?
Yes, travel to and from Orkney is open for anyone and we're looking forward to welcoming you here.
- Can I visit Orkney from other parts of the UK?
Yes - travel to and from Scotland from the rest of the UK is open for anyone.
- Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Orkney?
There is no official requirement for anyone travelling to Orkney to take a pre-departure test but we would encourage all travellers to do as much as possible to help keep our community safe.
- What can I do to stay safe, and keep the islands safe, when I'm in Orkney?
Wearing a mask indoors in public places and on public transport is recommended, although it is no longer a legal requirement. We'd encourage everyone to do as much as possible to help keep our community safe.
Remember to wash or sanitise your hands regularly too.
- What should I do if I start to suffer symptoms of COVID-19 when I’m in Orkney?
Advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and self-isolation changed on 1 May 2022. Most people no longer need to take a coronavirus test and should follow guidance on staying at home if unwell. Testing remains available to specific groups in order to protect highest risk settings and support clinical care.
If you feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms or have a high temperature, avoid contact with others until you feel better.
If you are unsure or your symptoms worsen please call your GP or NHS24 on 111 for advice or guidance, or visit the NHS Inform website.
- Where can I find information about transport options for visiting Orkney?
Remember, please don’t travel to Orkney without confirmed travel and accommodation bookings.
- Is there anywhere I can find travel and tourism information in Orkney?
The VisitScotland iCentre in Kirkwall is open.
- Can I travel within Orkney?
Loganair’s inter-isles flights are operating too.
Remember, wearing a mask indoors in public places and on public transport is recommended, although it is no longer a legal requirement.
- Are there things to see and do in Orkney at the moment?
Please check with dedicated websites and social media profiles before planning a visit. Please understand too that some attractions may not open with the same offering as normal.
Our natural environment - including beaches, coastal trails and viewpoints – is always open and provides the ideal opportunity to see the best of Orkney. Our new walking section contains downloadable maps and guides to a number of routes across the islands.
- Are public toilets open?
Orkney Islands Council has re-opened the majority of its public toilets. Take a look at our map for exact locations.
- Are there any campsites open in Orkney?
Orkney’s publicly-run campsites are open. Find out more from the Orkney Islands Council website.
The Orkney Caravan Park at the Pickaquoy Centre is open.
A new facility, Kirkwall Bay Touring Park, is open too. Find out more on the official website.
Some of these sites open on a seasonal basis however, so do check in advance before planning your trip.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to help. If you have an accommodation-related query, contact Destination Orkney via email@example.com. Questions about transport should be directed to the relevant provider.