The Scottish government has offered assurances that ferry vouchers due to expire will remain valid until September this year.
The issue was raised after a number of people became concerned they would lose out on being able to use their current vouchers due to the Covid-19 restrictions, which have meant travel is not possible.
Islands minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “In the light of the additional restrictions announced by the First Minister on 4th January, I can confirm that people who use their concessionary ferry vouchers to book a journey by 31st March this year but are not able to travel due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions will be able to use these ferry vouchers up to the end of September 2021.”
The news has been welcomed by Isles MSP Beatrice Wishart.
“I am glad the Scottish government have responded to the concerns in Shetland over ferry travel vouchers which were due to expire.”