Scotland: Covid regulations will make it illegal to enter or leave country

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Sumary of Scotland: Covid regulations will make it illegal to enter or leave country:

  • The Scottish government has published draft regulations that make it illegal to enter or leave the country without a reasonable excuse, as well as significantly restricting travel within Scotland..
  • According to the draft document, a person living in Scotland must not travel to any other part of the common travel area – England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – nor can anyone from those places travel to Scotland..
  • Guidance accompanying the regulations also states that people in level 3 or 4 local authority areas – which includes much of central Scotland – “are now required to stay in that area unless they have a reasonable excuse to travel, such as work, education, or welfare reasons”..
  • For another, it not clear that the Scottish parliament can make rules contrary to the common travel area, as agreed to by the UK and Ireland..
  • “It not at all clear if the draft regulations published today are within the remit of the Scottish parliament.”.
  • At first minister questions on Thursday, the Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard, described the travel ban as “deeply flawed”…

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