Ferries Covid changes

Easing of Covid restrictions for transport

Restrictions on travel across Scotland will be eased from Monday 26 April as the whole of Scotland moves into Covid Protection Level Three.

Shetland and other Scottish islands, including Orkney and the Western Isles, will remain at Level Three and non-essential travel will be permitted anywhere in Scotland. Locally, this means that travel restrictions on public buses service and inter-island ferries will also be relaxed and non-essential travel within the isles will be permitted.

Also from Monday 26 April 2021, cash will once again be accepted for fare payments on all Shetland Islands Council Ferries.

Cash will be taken on an “exact fare-no change” basis. Passengers who wish to pay by cash are asked to have the correct fare, as no change will be given.

Account Cards will remain as an alternative method of payment for regular travellers.

Passengers are reminded to continue to wear face protection in enclosed spaces on board ferries, to socially distance, and to use hand sanitiser where available. Passengers are also encouraged to stay in their vehicles wherever possible.

It is expected that all of Scotland will move down to Level 2 on 17 May. Details of Covid Protection Levels in Scotland and the changes that are expected to take place on different dates are available on the Scottish Government website


 

Travel throughout Shetland is permitted, although anyone planning a journey is encouraged to think carefully about the need for their journey. If a choice is made to travel then it should be carefully planned and Scottish Government Guidance must be strictly followed.

From Monday 1 February 2021 the normal winter timetable will be in operation

 

Changes to payments on Ferries

(Updated 29/12/2020) 

In response to the increased number of Covid-19 cases in Shetland, service changes have been made to inter-island Ferry Services. 

On inter-island ferries, cash payments will be suspended with immediate effect.  Where contactless payment is available, this will remain in place.

Scottish Government guidance for Level Three states that public transport should be used for essential travel only.

Account Cards will remain as an alternative method of payment for regular travellers.

Passengers are reminded that face coverings must be worn in enclosed spaces on ferries, including in passenger lounges and when interacting with ferry crew. Passengers are also encouraged to stay in their vehicles wherever possible.

Multi-tickets are currently not accepted as payment on our ferries but can be used to pay account card invoices.