Scotland 'on foothills of a third wave' warns expert
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Scotland and England are part of the Common Travel Area (CTA), which also includes Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Although travel between regions in the CTA is normally permitted, travel has been disrupted in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Are we allowed to travel to Scotland from England?
Under England’s travel advice, people can travel from England to Scotland under the current rules.
The Government website explains: “You do not need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival in England if you are travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, (the Common Travel Area), and you have not been outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days.”
However, the Scottish government has issued some restrictions on travel between parts of England and Scotland for the time being.
The Scottish government are advising against travel to areas managing outbreaks of the new B.1.617.2 Covid variant.
Travel to and from Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, and Bolton is only allowed for “permitted reasons”, according to the Scottish government guidance.
This is due to the prevalence in these areas of the new variant, which is now known as the Delta variant by the World Health Organization (WHO).
These rules came into force from Monday, May 24, 2021.
Apart from the listed areas, there are no other Scottish travel restrictions in place for elsewhere in England.
The Scottish government has not imposed travel restrictions anywhere else in the Common Travel Area except for the Republic of Ireland
Travel to and from Ireland and Scotland at the current time is only allowed for permitted reasons, such as work or education.
Scotland’s rules on travel within the CTA are subject to regular review and could change in the future.
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Where else can people in England travel to?
Countries have different rules on allowing visitors at the current time due to the pandemic.
So even though the UK Government may have added a country to its green list, some countries may not currently be permitting people to visit for non-essential reasons.
Several countries are currently included on the Government’s green list, including Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said a number of popular holiday destinations could be added to the Government’s green list as early as Thursday this week.
Mr Charles told the PA news agency he expects additions to the list to include the Greek islands of Zante, Rhodes and Kos, the Caribbean islands of Grenada and Antigua, plus Malta and Finland.
He said: “We need to see the Government widening the number of green destinations to help the sector recover and to help protect jobs and livelihoods, which the Prime Minister promised.
“It would be a boost to see those added. I still think we’re going to get the majority of European countries added at the end of June, but it would be an encouraging step forward.”
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