Following the First Minister’s statement on Tuesday 13 April, mainland Scotland will drop to Level 3 as of Monday 26 April, allowing for unrestricted travel between the mainland and the Scottish isles, including Islay and Jura.
There had been some expectation that the islands might have been placed at Level 2, offering islanders more personal freedom, and allowing island pubs and restaurants to sell alcohol indoors. However the news has been broadly welcomed by accommodation providers.
Test prior to travel
In order to minimise the risk of Covid transmission to the Scottish isles, including Islay and Jura, and announced by Nicola Sturgeon at her briefing on Tuesday 20 April, the Scottish Government is encouraging anyone planning to visit the isles, to test for coronavirus prior to travel. continue reading..
People should use rapid lateral flow kits to self-test three days before, and on the day of departure. This applies to anyone within Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland who plans to visit a Scottish island from Monday 26 April. It was stressed by health and transport authorities that this is a voluntary scheme and you will not need evidence of a negative test to travel to a Scottish island. However, travellers are strongly encouraged to participate in order to reduce the risk that they inadvertently carry coronavirus into any of the fragile island communities. Only those aged 18 and above are able to order tests online. Adolescents aged 12-17 can self-test with adult supervision and children under 12 years of age should be tested by an adult. You can order a free pack of seven Covid-19 rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home from this website. These should arrive within 24-48 hours. If you do not have internet access you can book a test delivery by calling 0300 303 2713.
What is Open and What not on Islay?
To find out which accommodations, hotels, restaurants, shops and tourism venues are open please visit the latest Islay Covid Upate Page on Islay Info
Travelling by Ferry
There are still restrictions on the number of passengers the ferries can accommodate. The Calmac website states that: "Our capacity does remain less than normal due to official physical distancing & safety protocols. If you plan to travel with us, always prepare and plan ahead. On public transport, you must by law wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. For ore info visit this page