Travel news latest: UK could split on approach to foreign holiday restart


British holidaymakers may face different rules when travelling overseas, with Scotland set to take a slightly different approach to the resumption of foreign holidays. 

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce the further lifting of lockdown restrictions today, with rules on holidays abroad to be eased from May 24, The Telegraph understands. 

The change should permit those in Scotland to travel to some overseas destinations without needing to self-isolate on their return. As it stands, all arrivals to Scottish airports are subject to a stay in a quarantine hotel. 

Britons travelling from England will see holidays restart under the traffic light system from May 17, so the later date for Scotland will see the two nations diverge. Wales and Northern Ireland are still to confirm whether they will follow the approach of the UK Government. Scotland is also set to classify countries as green, amber and red, but will review these categories every four weeks, whereas the UK Government review will take place every three weeks. 

Joss Croft, the chief executive of UKinbound, the trade body that represents inbound tourism businesses, told Telegraph Travel: “A four nations approach to the re-opening of international travel is absolutely critical to the recovery of the UK’s inbound industry, worth £2.54 billion in exports to Scotland annually. A united approach will ultimately help businesses, secure jobs and speed up our economic recovery.”

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