COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 8th September 2021

You can keep up to date with the latest Scottish Government information here.

Scotland has now moved out of the COVID-19 protection levels system, but everyone is still encouraged to act carefully and remain cautious. Use of face coverings on public transport (including ferries), in shops and other public buildings is still mandatory in Scotland.

Testing For People Travelling to the Islands 

People intending to travel to the Scottish islands are encouraged to take two lateral flow tests before departing - the first to be taken 3 days before travel, and the second on the day they are planning to travel. More information on how to access tests is available here


Iona has been a place of welcome and hospitality for centuries. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges and as restrictions ease we are working to offer that welcome and hospitality again in a safe way. Travel in the time of Coronavirus involves a lot of trust and responsibility on all sides. We expect visitors will want to know what new measures businesses here are implementing so that they can feel confident, relaxed and enjoy their time here. We also hope that visitors will play their part by respecting and following guidance and regulations. This will help our community to feel confident and relaxed about being a welcoming place once again. Restrictions and regulations apply equally to residents and visitors.

If you are planning a visit to Iona you should bear in mind that some businesses and facilities on Iona may be operating differently from usual at the moment, or may not be open at all. We will try to update this page with general information as things change. Please contact individual businesses directly to check details on any changes to opening, services available and COVID-19 protocols.  

We STRONGLY recommend that you do not travel to Mull or Iona for an overnight stay unless you have booked accommodation before you travel. 

Visitors and residents are all expected to follow Scottish Government guidance and regulations - including on travelhand and cough hygiene, mandatory use of face coverings on public transport (including ferries) and in our shops, self-isolation and testing. 

Both visitors and residents with suitable smartphones can download the Protect Scotland and Check-in Scotland apps.


Travel throughout the UK is currently permitted, with no restrictions. 

For information on international travel including quarantine and testing rules please see the Scottish Government website.  

Face coverings

Use of face coverings on public transport (including ferries), in shops and other public buildings is still mandatory in Scotland.

More details on use of face coverings is available from the Scottish Government website  and the World Health Organsiation has clear guidance on how to use a face covering or mask safely.

Clean your hands regularly 

Wash your hands regularly and as soon as you get home or back to your accommodation, or as soon as you go into someone else's house. 

Sanitise your hands after touching gates or stiles when out and about.

Clean hard surfaces after you touch them. 

Physical distancing

All physical distancing regulations in Scotland have now been lifted. 

However, please be aware that there are reasons why some people may still choose to maintain distance both indoors and outdoors including health vulnerabilities and prevention of having to isolate as a close contact.

Self-isolate and book a PCR test if you have symptoms

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • new continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature 
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

If you have any of these symptoms, you and any members of your household need to self-isolate and you should ask for a PCR test as soon as possible.

Please be aware that the national NHS Inform system for testing does not work for our island location. More information on how to access a test is available here.