There is no restriction on travel within Scotland if individuals are acting in line with all other guidance which supports the Routemap. There are exceptions to this where restrictions are in place relating to local outbreaks or clusters of coronavirus cases. The local advice and measures guidance provides additional information.
Guidance is in place to support our safety - and the safety of others - at all times. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.
The following guidance is intended to provide practical advice and guidance on travelling within Scotland, for various purposes however it does not cover every particular circumstance.
Travel to, from and within the central belt of Scotland from 10 October 2020
On 7 October, the First Minister announced additional measures for the Central Belt area.
For the central belt of Scotland, which encompasses the five health board areas of Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian, and Forth Valley, we're not imposing mandatory travel restrictions at this stage. However:
- public transport use should be minimised as much as possible, recognising people may need to for use travel to education, caring responsibilities and work
- please work from home if you can
- people living in the five health board areas are advised not to travel outside the health board area they live in, unless they need to
- people in other parts of Scotland should not travel to these areas unless they need to
- you should access goods, services and activities in your local area as much as possible
- please walk, wheel and cycle when you can.
Q. I live in this area – where can I travel?
There are no mandatory travel restrictions, but we are asking people to limit travel where possible and only leave the health board area they live in if they need to.
If you have planned a holiday then we are not asking you to cancel that just follow the guidance on travelling safely.
Q. I live outside the five health board areas, can I travel through the area with enhanced restrictions.
Yes – although you should follow the advice to travel safely.
Q. What does ‘if you need’ to mean?
This is different for different people depending on their personal circumstances. Examples are for work, education, healthcare, childcare however we are asking people, as we have done all along, to use good judgement.
Q. How far can I travel?
There is no limit on travel distance, if individuals are acting in line with all other guidance. However, we encourage you to stay within your local area as much as possible.
Q. Can I still use public transport
If you live in one of the five health board areas we are asking you to only use public transport if it is absolutely necessary. Public transport services will still be running for those that need them.
Q. Is public transport safe?
There are measures in place to reduce risk of transmission on public transport. We are asking people in the five central belt areas, only to use public transport if necessary to further reduce the risk.
General travel guidance
In order to ease demand on the transport network, we encourage you to access goods, services and activities within your local area as much as possible by walking, wheeling or cycling if you can. Please plan ahead, timing your journey to avoid busy times and please think about your need to use public transport while capacity is constrained.
If sharing a private vehicle with others out with your household please refer to the guidance on car sharing.