Scotland new rules: Can you travel to Scotland from England?

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May 17 marked the start of Step 3 of the Government’s lockdown roadmap for England, which permitted people to go on a ‘staycation’ in the UK for the first time in months. Recently the Scottish government also eased a number of restrictions on travel within the UK. However, travel between England and Scotland is not completely restriction-free at the present time, with some changes brought in by the Scottish government from May 24.

Can you travel to Scotland from England?

Restrictions on travel within the UK have eased in England in recent weeks.

So people in England are now allowed to visit Scotland for non-essential reasons under English lockdown rules.

However, select areas of Scotland are not open for non-essential travel at the moment as they are under Level 3 restrictions.

Glasgow City and Moray are the two local authority areas under Level 3 presently.

Can you travel to England from Scotland?

People in Scotland are now legally permitted to travel to England, but there are some restrictions in place.

Most people in Scotland are able now to travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

This is because the majority of Scotland is under either Level 2 or Level 1 restrictions.

However, people in Scotland who live in Level 3 areas are not currently permitted to travel for non-essential reasons.

There are also some restrictions on where in England people in Scotland are allowed to travel to.

From Monday, May 24, travel to and from Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton is only allowed for permitted reasons.

These areas have recorded high numbers of cases of the B.1.617.2 variant in recent weeks.

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Can people in Scotland travel to Ireland?

Ireland is part of the Common Travel Area (CTA), but Scottish lockdown rules do not currently allow travel from Scotland to Ireland in most circumstances.

The guidance states travel to and from the Republic of Ireland is only allowed for “permitted reasons”, which includes work or educational purposes.

The Scottish rules on travel to and from areas of the CTA are subject to regular review, so check the guidance before travelling.

Can people in England travel to Ireland?

People in England are now allowed to travel to Ireland under the lockdown rules, but Ireland has restrictions on non-essential travel.

There are a number of testing and quarantine requirements for people visiting Ireland from overseas at the current time.

People travelling to Ireland from overseas are required to complete a passenger locator form and have a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test, carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Mandatory quarantine requirements apply to all people who have been overseas in the 14 days prior to entering Ireland.

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