When can I travel between Scotland and England? Date Covid restrictions on UK travel ease and rules explained

Nicola Sturgeon has brought forward the date for easing travel restrictions in Scotland

First minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed the easing of restrictions on travel in an announcement on April 13.

The first minister confirmed that travel from Scotland to the rest of the UK and vice-versa would be permitted later in the month.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the update to Scotland’s UK travel guidance.

Scotland will 'likely' welcome tourists from the rest of Britain from April 26 (Getty Images)

When can I travel from Scotland to the rest of Britain?

Since April 26 travel from Scotland to England and Wales has been permitted. At the time Ms Sturgeon said: “we will be very serious about mitigating any risk of importing the virus, and particularly new variants of the virus, into Scotland, so we may see some limited travel restrictions in future either within Scotland or between Scotland and other parts of the UK.

What about Northern Ireland and the rest of the common travel area?

It is no possible to travel from Scotland to Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.

Restrictions on travel from Scotland to the Republic of Ireland remain in place.

What did Nicola Sturgeon say about international travel?

Speaking on April 20 Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that international travel for non-essential purposes was still off-limits.

She accepted this was “difficult” for tourism and aviation industries, as well as those with family and friends overseas.

“We want to restore normality to international travel as quickly as possible,” the First Minister said.

“But we must be sensible as we do that, in light of the risks that we face and in light of the risks we see across many parts of the world.”

She added: “Until at least May 17, and possibly for a period after that, you should not leave the UK for non-essential purposes.”

Ms Sturgeon said this was important to help “protect” the progress made in tackling coronavirus in UK.