Nicola Sturgeon warns new lockdowns 'could still happen'
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Scotland’s roadmap out of lockdown is slightly different to the one set by Boris Johnson for England, so Brits are confused as to when travel between England and Scotland can resume. Desperate to attend the Edinburgh festival or see the sights in Glasgow? Or, maybe you’re yearning for a peaceful trip to the Scottish countryside, coasts and lochs? Express.co.uk reveals the date for the reopening of Scottish tourism.
Coronavirus hasn’t just stopped holidays abroad, trips between the countries within the UK have also been cancelled.
At present, you can only travel internationally from England where you have a reasonable excuse to leave the UK – such as work.
People living in England are also advised to minimise travel where possible, which rules out unnecessary trips and holidays within the UK.
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The current rules state: “You should avoid travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live. You should reduce the number of journeys you make overall.”
It is currently illegal to enter or leave Scotland from England unless you have a reasonable excuse, which doesn’t include a holiday.
The same applies to Wales, and those entering Northern Ireland from the Common Travel Area will need to have a reasonable excuse and need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival.
Boris Johnson has confirmed that one household can stay away overnight in the UK from April 12.
However, people in England better not rush to book a trip to Scotland from this date as the rules are slightly different north of the border.
Nicola Sturgeon has said Scots may be able to travel within all mainland Scotland by April 26 and tourist accommodation may be able to reopen on the same date.
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International visitors will not be able to come to Scotland until at least May 17.
When international visitors are allowed into Scotland, they will still need to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before travel, on top of other requirements.
Travellers coming from outside the Common Travel Area will be required to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for 10 days upon entry to Scotland, costing £1,750 per person.
Testing for everyone in the quarantine hotel will take place on days two and eight.
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