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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral services

Published: 30 Oct 2020
Last updated: 21 Jan 2021 - see all updates

This guidance explains what restrictions are currently in place for funeral services and wider public health guidance relevant for funeral services.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral services
Travelling for a funeral

Travelling for a Funeral

Travelling within Scotland and the UK

People are allowed to travel within Scotland to go to a funeral service.  People can also travel to and from other parts of the UK to go to a funeral service.

Each UK country may have different rules for funerals. Those travelling should check the rules for the country they are travelling to.

Travelling from abroad

People travelling from abroad to attend a funeral service in Scotland should familiarise themselves with the rules on movement and self-isolation for travellers entering the UK. 

A person can temporarily leave their international quarantine location, on compassionate grounds, to attend a funeral service of a close family member, or if no family members are able to attend, then they can leave quarantine to attend a funeral service of a friend.  A person should only leave their travel quarantine for a funeral related ceremonial event if they have, for any reason, been unable to attend the funeral service.

 

Travelling abroad to go to a funeral

If you are travelling abroad for a funeral check the foreign travel advice by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Travelling safely to a funeral

Wherever possible, funeral service attendees should travel to the venue in a car by themselves or with people from their household group. If this is not possible and funeral transport (e.g. provision of cars or limousines) is required or chosen then the advice from Transport Scotland on how to travel safely should be followed. In particular, see the sections on private hire vehicles and car sharing.


First published: 30 Oct 2020 Last updated: 21 Jan 2021 -