SNP ridiculed as ‘weird’ travel U-turn creates new quarantine loophole for Sturgeon to fix

Scotland’s travel quarantine rules labelled ‘weird’ by Calder

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Travel Expert Simon Calder lambasted the Scottish Government handling of coronavirus quarantine travel rules, labelling them as “weird.” Nicola Sturgeon was forced to backtrack over a controversial policy to quarantine all travellers entering Scotland from abroad in hotels – 24 hours before the new rules come into force. The SNP, however, had issues regarding a loophole involving Scots flying to an English airport from a country not on the red list and then travelling north by road or rail.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRadio, Mr Calder said: “Scotland has gone even more weird.

“Talk about unintending consequences.”

He continued: “In Scotland, you have a couple of really bizarre things, first of all, the only direct international arrival into Edinburgh airport was from Istanbul.

“60 passengers booked on it, three actually boarded. It is said that the other fifty-seven said I’m not paying £1750 to sit in a hotel for 11 nights can you switch me to the Manchester flight.”

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Mr Calder added: “The Scottish government has completely changed its policy overnight.

“I mean talk about U-turns it is an utter debacle.

“Of course, now because they have changed their policy instead of people flying into Scotland direct they are all going to go via Dublin, Manchester or Heathrow.

“There will have far more risk, far more transactions and it is entirely counter-productive as well as destroying the entire aviation industry.”


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It came after Scotland’s hotel quarantine system was thrown into confusion after a man and his daughter were told they did not have to isolate for ten days – despite having jetted in from the United States the day before.

The Scottish Government had attempted to introduce a policy which would see all travellers arriving at UK airports from overseas be forced to stay for 10 days in hotels from tomorrow.

Measures would have gone further than the UK Government policy, announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock which will only see those arriving from 33 “red list” countries into England be forced into quarantine hotels.

The SNP led administration however had issues regarding a loophole involving Scots flying to an English airport from a country not on the red list and then travelling north by road or rail.


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It comes after the Scottish First Minister threatened to shut the UK-Scotland border amid the quarantine hotel system strategy row.

However Scottish police officers hinted it could be hard to enforce a harsher COVID regime at the English border.

The U-turn was revealed in a Scottish Government report called Coronavirus: International Travel and Quarantine.

They said Scots travelling back to Scotland through another part of the Common Travel Area which consists of the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the UK should only self-isolate.

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