Covid-19 Travelling to volunteer

26 November 2020

The Scottish Government have published guidance on travel rules, restrictions and protection levels, including information on essential travel and what are the exceptions.

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Updated: 11/01/21

The latest Scottish Government guidance came into effect on 5 January 2021 with stay at home regulations in most local authority areas. 

To suppress the spread of COVID-19 it is essential that, with limited exceptions, there is no travel to or from areas where higher numbers of people may be carrying the virus. 

If people don’t abide by the travel restrictions, there is a risk that the virus will spread to areas where it is less common, and therefore result in further national restrictions. To avoid that and to keep everyone safe, please comply with the rules and advice set out by the Scottish Government.

Providing a voluntary or charitable service is classed as an exception for travelling in the Scottish Government guidance. However, we would advise that you always confirm with the organisation you are/plan to volunteer with that they are happy for you to travel. See full list of exceptions for travel here.

Below we’ve summarised restrictions for travelling around Scotland within the different levels. Please always refer to the Scottish Government Strategic Framework for a more detailed outline of the Levels and what should be expected and use the postcode checker to confirm local authority levels.

If you live in a Level 4 or 'stay at home' local authority area:

There is a list of examples of reasonable excuses to leave your home under the 'stay home regulations' here, however you should stay as close to home if possible.  Shop on-line or use local shops and services wherever you can. Travel no further than you need to reach to a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way. To minimise the risk of spread of coronavirus it is crucial that we all avoid unnecessary travel.

If you live in a Level 3 local authority area:

If you live in a Level 0, 1, or 2 area in Scotland, or are considering travel to Scotland from anywhere else:

  • You should minimise unnecessary journeys between areas in different levels
  • You must, by law, avoid any unnecessary travel to places in Level 3 or Level 4 areas
  • If you have to travel for essential purposes, you should follow the guidance on travelling safely

We will continue to provide updates based on the latest Scottish Government guidance relating to coronavirus.