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Helping visitors enjoy Scotland responsibly

As coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are further eased and tourism reopens, we have created a new Visitor Charter to help those visiting and enjoying Scotland over the coming months do so responsibly, respecting our local communities and countryside.

This guidance informs visitors of how they can work together with businesses and communities to help the tourism industry get back on its feet, in a safe way.

Visitor Charter | How to enjoy Scotland responsibly

  • Join us in supporting the local tourism industry

    Enjoy re/discovering Scotland.

    Eat local, see local and buy local. 

  • Plan ahead

    Check the business is open and if you need to pre book.

    Follow business / attraction / community on social for latest 'open' updates. 

    Look out for businesses supporting 'Good to Go' scheme, Scottish businesses are working hard to ensure your safety and welcome. 

    Many businesses prefer card payment. 


  • Be considerate of local communities

    What makes Scotland so special is its culture and warmth of welcome from local communities, so please respect their precious resources.

    If it's busy, move on and explore somewhere different.

    Please take your litter with you. 

  • Protect others and yourself

    Do not travel if you have COVID-19 symptons or have been told to isolate. 

    Observe physical distancing, wear a face covering when required. 

    Regularly use hand sanitiser and wash your hand frequently. 


  • Enjoy slow travel

    Visit fewer locations and really get to know the area - walk, bike or paddle.

    Observe the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Get involved and encourage responsible visiting

How to share the guidance with visitors

  1. 1

    Download the charter

    We've provided a PDF version of the charter for you to download. The Gaelic versions can be found below. 

    Visitor Charter | How to enjoy Scotland responsibly

    Published July 2020

  2. 2

    Print and display

    Print and display at your business for visitors to see. 


  3. 3


    Get sociable, join the conversation and share the message of enjoying Scotland responsibly across your social media.

    Share the hashtag #respectprotectenjoy.


Gaelic versions

We've provided PDF versions of the charter in Gaelic for you to download.

Visitor Charter in Gaelic | How to enjoy Scotland Responsibly

Published August 2020

Visitor Charter in Gaelic | A1 Poster

Published August 2020

A1 poster

A guide to safe travels in Scotland

We've also produced 'A guide to safe travels in Scotland' film that gives a strong ‘SAFETY’ message to communicate to our visitors.

The guidelines are there to keep everyone – communities, businesses and visitors – protected. They also emphasis the need to plan ahead and respect our local communities and stunning landscapes, all whilst making sure visitors get the most out of their dream trip to Scotland. We strongly ask that everyone follows them and shares the #protectrespectenjoy message.

You can easily download the film, which you can access from our YouTube channel, to share with your visitors.

Further information for visitors

For the latest information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) for visitors, visit This page is regularly updated with all the information visitors need to know -  COVID-19 protection levels, physical distancing guidelines and face coverings, what's open, and other questions on safety measures.

This information is also available in Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish.