SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT FOREIGN TRAVEL ADVICE - AUG 2020
What do the guidelines mean for you?
Just like when you were a spotty teenager planning that first parent-free trip away with ‘the lads’ or 'the girls', if you want any hope of soaking up the sunshine this summer there are rules to obey, stipulations to follow and promises to make before you even think about booking up and buggering off.
Here is the official guidance on foreign travel from the Scottish Government and what it means for you.
DURING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL TO ANOTHER COUNTRY UNLESS IT IS ESSENTIAL.
The message here is pretty clear, don’t go.
Covid-19 has impacted other countries differently and more importantly other countries have dealt with the virus differently. For example, some, like us, have gone through government-imposed lockdowns while others, like the tourist hotspots of Sweden and South Korea, have not. These differing opinions and actions between countries could have the potential to increase or decrease your chances of contracting coronavirus and should be carefully considered before deciding to go abroad in the first instance.
Whether or not you agree with the measures taken in your country is an argument for another day but the best way to stay safe according to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is simple -
“If you are desperate to book a summer holiday – and if you are that would be entirely understandable – why not think about booking it in Scotland this year and giving some support to our own tourism sector at a time when they have probably never needed that support more.”
Despite this plea travel operators are still offering flights and packages to popular destinations like France, Italy and Spain as well as many others.
While this is by no means business as usual and you should think deeply as to whether your reasons for travelling abroad are ‘essential’, it does mean if you are determined to escape these drizzly isles then there are ways and means available.
In Scotland it can feel like whenever the sun shines and then goes away again there is no guarantee that it will ever return but as strong as the temptation may be to simply dash off to somewhere a little closer to the equator, more important is to stay safe now and live to chase the sun another day.
For the truth about ‘staycations’ read our handy guide here.
YOU NEED TO PROVIDE YOUR JOURNEY AND CONTACT DETAILS WHEN YOU TRAVEL TO THE UK.
Should you decide to go away the corona-commotion doesn’t stop when you get back.
Unless you have come from an approved country via a ‘travel corridor’ then you are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Before you travel to/back to Scotland you will need to complete a passenger locator form at least 48 hours before you arrive.
This form gives the dates of your stay and details of where you will be for the next 14 days. Every person arriving into Scotland (with few exemptions) must complete the form, and must provide evidence of having done so on arrival if requested to do so by a Border Force official.
If you don’t then you could face a fine of £60.00!
Upon arriving you should only use public transport to your onward destination if you have no other option. Luckily, Glasgow Airport Cabs are always at hand to help with your transfer needs, even during this global pandemic.
All of our vehicles are immaculately maintained and thoroughly cleaned after every journey. We offer 100% Covid-19 safe travel from all major Scottish airports, train stations and coach stations.
Glasgow Airport Cabs is the best way to get to your destination in comfortably, safely, in style and on time.
For more information on how we maintain our vehicles and keep our passengers safe during the pandemic click here.
BUT FOR SOME COUNTRIES, YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE AT ALL.
As mentioned earlier different countries have had different reactions to the virus and have taken different approaches in dealing with it.
For those countries deemed to be in line with the UK's official covid-19 policy and action plan, designated 'travel corridors', sometimes called 'air bridges', have been opened up between Britain and the rest of the world. The aim of these is to limit the impact and spread of the virus between places with common ideas and interests.
Be aware though, this list is a living thing in and of itself and is growing and shrinking every day. Spain, for example was recently removed due to an increase in cases.
To check if the place you are arriving or returning from is exempt from the 14 day self-isolation requirement click here.
So that’s all clear as mud, eh?
For all the latest advice on foreign travel to and from Scotland and on coronavirus in general be sure to check www.gov.scot before doing anything else.
Above all, stay safe.
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