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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral services

Published: 30 Oct 2020
Last updated: 27 Apr 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.

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 attend a funeral service.  People can also travel to and from other parts of the UK to attend 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 before they go.

Travelling from abroad 

People travelling from abroad to attend a funeral service in Scotland must familiarise themselves with the rules on international travel and managed isolation.

Travelling abroad to go to a funeral

Those who are planning to travel abroad for a funeral should 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: 27 Apr 2021 -