Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From Edinburgh to Glasgow, from Loch Ness to the Highlands, Scotland boasts a variety of landscapes that are sure to excite any traveler’s senses. And now that Scotland has moved into phase 3 of its pandemic plan and is opening up some restrictions on travel, it’s time for you to go there!

Travel to Scotland is permitted and has been since late May.

The best time to travel to Scotland is now.

In late May, after a long winter and months of travel bans, the UK government lifted its restrictions on entering Scotland. This means that you can go wherever you want in this beautiful country without fear of being turned away at the border or having your pets taken away from you by customs officials.

Travel to Scotland is permitted

Family on walk, man carrying son on shoulders, Loch Eishort, Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Scotland
Family on walk, Hebrides, Scotland

On June 2, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that travel to Scotland is permitted and has been since late May. She also announced that from June 15, four-household bubbles can gather indoors.

Self-contained accommodation and caravan parks will be open

Self-contained accommodation and caravan parks will be open from July 1, with people able to use such accommodation so long as they only mingle with their own household.

Self-contained accommodation is any property that has all of the following features:

  • A kitchen area with a refrigerator and a stove.
  • A bathroom with a shower, bathtub or other bathing facility.
  • Heating and cooling systems for year-round comfort.

Caravan parks are long-term holiday sites that are usually privately owned, but may be operated by local authorities or private companies. Caravan park owners can bid on contracts to provide rental spaces on their properties to travelers using them as overnight accommodation during the off season (usually between April 1 and June 30). In return, they receive tax breaks which allow them to operate at less than full capacity during those months when there’s little demand for caravan park services due to fewer people being able to take holidays abroad due to high costs of air travel.

The Scottish Government has also stated that, it hopes to move to phase 3 out of lockdown starting on July 10.

Scottish Highland Cow, Switzerland
Scottish Highland Cow, Switzerland

The Scottish Government has also stated that, depending on how the pandemic evolves, it hopes to move to phase 3 of the country’s “route map” out of lockdown starting on July 10.

Phase 3 should see an increase in gatherings from two households up to a maximum of eight people from three different households being allowed to meet at fixed times and places for essential social visits.

This is a fairly simple change, requiring no more than the amendment of one line in the legislation.

Travelers can visit Scotland with some restrictions in place

Travelers can visit Scotland with some restrictions

You may have heard that there are travel restrictions in place due to the ongoing flu season. This means that you should be extra careful while traveling in Scotland, and make sure you take all precautions necessary to avoid getting sick while visiting.

While the UK is still experiencing a heightened risk of flu, it’s important for travelers to understand what these restrictions entail so they can know what to expect if they end up visiting during this time.

In short, the Scottish Government has stated that it wants people to be able to travel and enjoy Scotland while staying safe during the pandemic. If you are planning a trip to Scotland, please check the website of VisitScotland before booking your flight or making other arrangements.