Know Before You Go

To help you make the most of your visit to Edinburgh we want to make you aware of the current Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance.  You will find details of all the latest restrictions below.

Further to that, and to help you plan ahead we recommend you use VisitScotland’s ‘We’re Open’ search feature to find businesses which have reopened, and look out for the ‘Good to Go’ logo to see businesses which have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment. You can also find more information via The

Please make sure to plan and book ahead – many businesses in Edinburgh, including visitor attractions, require you to book in advance due to capacity restrictions and other safety measures, and some may not yet be open. You can find more guidance on planning your visit here.

Last Updated: 2nd November 2020

As of Monday 2nd November a new 5-level system of Covid-19 measures will come into effect across Scotland.  Edinburgh has been placed into level 3 and so it is important that you understand what that means.  Below you will find a summary of the key restrictions under level 3.  For more detailed guidance on level 3 restrictions please visit the Scottish Government website.

  • Socialising: no in-home socialising, 6 people from 2 households outdoors and public places.
  • Hospitality: no alcohol on-sale outdoors or indoors. Open for food only until 6pm. Last entry 5pm.
  • Accommodation: non-essential use only by locals encouraged. Essential work-related use allowed.
  • Visitor Attractions: all open or outdoor only open, depending on circumstances.
  • Travel: no non-essential travel into or out of this area. Exemptions for essential work, education, shopping, health, outdoor exercise, weddings and funerals, and transit through to other areas.
  • Transport: walk, run, cycle, wheel where possible. Avoid car sharing with people outside of household where possible. Avoid non-essential use of public transport.
  • Shopping: open.
  • Stadia & Events: closed to spectators, events not permitted.
  • Leisure & Entertainment: closed.
  • You can still book your household onto organised activities i.e. outdoor activities, tours, coaches – alongside other unconnected households, as these operators are still allowed to take larger numbers where capacity allows. You should keep to your own household within the activity, follow 2 m physical distancing (1 m for organised day boat trips) and wear your mask on coaches, tours and boat trips.
  • You can only stay in self-catered accommodation (including caravans, flats and holiday cottages) with your own household while the current restrictions on indoor private gatherings are in place.
  • If you are planning a stay in a hotel, B&B or similar, you should book at least one room per household.
  • All residents and visitors should download the Protect Scotland app for free from the Apple and Google stores. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus. It supports contact tracing and works through Bluetooth anonymously, protecting your privacy.

Disclaimer: we endeavour to keep this information as up to date as possible however please also refer to the Scottish Government website for all the latest advice and guidance.