Scotland To Open Its Borders For Travelers
Following the strict travel restrictions as a result of Covid-19, Scotland has announced that it will be re-opening its border to Welsh and English travelers. First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that travel between England, Wales and Scotland will be available from April 26th, 2021. This will result in the re-opening of tourist accommodation to allow for easier travel.
Talks of Scotland Borders Re-opening
Following the announcement, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon discussed the travel restrictions between Scotland and the Islands. Ms Sturgeon has stated on Scottish Parliament TV that there will likely be continued restrictions for these areas for the time being.
Furthermore, she has told MPs that she hopes travel to the UK and other common travel areas, including the Channel Islands and Ireland will also be permitted from April 26th. If not from that date then “as soon as possible thereafter.”
Driving lessons and driving tests will also be permitted to resume from April 26th.
This will mean that travel between these areas should be much more free-flowing and allow people to plan holidays in the highlands. Anyone looking to travel much be sure that the necessary precautions are taken.
Mrs Sturgeon has also discussed travel within mainland Scotland. The tier system dividing the country should be changed so that the entire country falls within the same tier. This relaxation will allow people to move more freely around Scotland as whole.
International travel is not yet legal, except for business. Ms Sturgeon has said that she is “certain” that the international travel ban will remain in place until Mat 17th at the earliest. She is also quoted as adding “it may well not be possible for a further period after that”.
What could This Mean for Those Wishing to Travel?
Anyone looking to Travel to Scotland from within the Common Travel Area will be required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of travel. This is in order to protect the Scottish population and strengthen the current safeguards set in place. This requirement will also protect against the spread of new strains of the Covid-19 virus.
For those travelling from outside of the Common Travel Areas, including Northern Ireland and international travel, mandatory 10 day isolation upon arrival is required. Travel from these areas to Scotland is currently only permitted for business. A designated quarantine hotel will cost visitors £1,750 per person. All Quarantined visitors will be tested for Covid on days two and eight.
International travel to Scotland is currently illegal, except for anyone needing to travel for business. Restrictions are being eased further on May 17th, however there is no news yet as to whether Scotland will be allowing international travel at that time.