Over the past few weeks there have been some changes regarding travelling into and around the UK. Although travel is still very much at a halt, we hope that the changes will help to eventually open the skies soon enough. Below, we’ve given a quick update on these changes.
Mandatory quarantine hotels are the most recent travel restriction to come into force in the UK. Travellers entering England from ‘red list’ countries now have to quarantine in hotels for 10 days. However, everyone returning to Scotland must quarantine in a hotel, not just those returning from red list countries. Travellers must pay for their mandatory stay at hotels that have been selected by the government. The rate for 1 adult staying in 1 room for 10 days is £1,750. The additional rate for an extra adult is £650. The package also includes the costs of transport from the port of arrival to the designated hotel, as well as food, security, other essential services and testing.
International travel is banned
Unlike other countries, the UK has not completely banned international travel. Instead, quarantine hotels and tougher border measures have been introduced. That being said, travellers can only enter and leave the UK unless it is essential, meaning they must prove their journey is essential. Direct flights from countries where new variants may be circulating are already banned.
National travel is banned
Rules regarding national travel are different in each UK nation, however, the ‘stay at home’ message applies to all nations. Scotland has banned travel to and from the rest of the UK, giving police the power to issue fines to people travelling without a reasonable excuse. This travel ban was announced just before Christmas and remains in place. In England, residents are advised to avoid travelling outside of their local area.
All incoming passengers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before travelling by plane, train or boat. Travellers must still quarantine for 10 days regardless of their result, as well as provide a passenger locator form.
On a more positive note…
In Boris Johnson’s announcement 22nd of February, he said that foreign holidays are unlikely to go ahead until mid-Summer at the earlier. On the other hand, Nicola Sturgeon has given no indication on when holidays abroad can go ahead, although she believes that travel restrictions will remain in place for some time. Boris Johnson is expected to announce a further update on foreign travel on April 12.
The team at Best of Scotland Holidays are still accepting bookings for late Summer. We are also allowing those who have booked through us to reschedule their holiday with the current deposit. Contact us today if you’d like to speak to one of our travel experts. Our team is on hand to help.