Travelling across the Scottish Border is now illegal

Maud Webster writes on the decision from the Scottish Government, to make travel across the border illegal.

Maud Webster
30th November 2020
As the country moves into heightened restrictions, Nicola Sturgeon announced it would be illegal for individuals to travel from or to Scotland from England, Wales and Northern Island. Whilst this announcement is accompanied with a plethora of exemptions, including for work, education, or essential shopping.

The travel ban has come under criticism for being confusing, for example the recent discrepancy as citizens can still legally go on holiday, however find it illegal to actually travel to the airport, due to crossing between tiers.

Nicola Sturgeon addressed the confusion, stating the importance of abiding by the rules in place, and commenting: “I am as determined as he is to keep my country as safe as I possibly can”.

As we approach Christmas, those with family and friends across the border may be concerned in regards to how the rules will change to allow separate households to meet over the Christmas period. Details of this are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks, but the Scottish government have already announced they plan on imposing stricter regulations than England over the festive fortnight.

In the meantime, as blanket lockdown eases from the 2nd for England and a new tier system becomes implemented, how travel will be impacted by Scotland’s move to ‘close’ the border will become clearer.

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AUTHOR: Maud Webster
she/they | third year architecture & urban planning student @ newcastle | co-head of culture for the 21/22 academic year

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