Can we visit Scotland yet? Travel rules for Scotland's reopening explained

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From Country Living

After months of isolation, we're ready to start exploring Britain on a staycation again but can we visit Scotland yet?

From 29th June, garden attractions, zoos and shops were allowed to open in Scotland but you'll want to read on to know the latest guidance on travelling there for a holiday.

The government currently says that people in Scotland "should continue to stay in their local area as much as possible and should not travel more than around five miles for leisure or recreation."

If you're in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and asking 'when is Scotland reopening for tourism?' sadly you'll still have to wait before planning a trip.

Can we have a holiday in Scotland?

The answer is no, for now. The government says: "Travel to holiday accommodation, even with members of your own household, is not yet possible except in certain cases, such as to attend a funeral.

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"We expect to see this change in Phase 3. As we move through the route map, and as public health advice allows, we will give an update on whether it is possible to go on holiday."

It adds: "When restrictions are lifted, we would encourage people to holiday at home to support Scotland’s tourism industry. The proposed resumption for Scottish tourism is 15 July."

What will be the coronavirus rules for tourism in Scotland?

VisitScotland is yet to announce the guidelines for visiting Scotland on holiday, but it's likely that you'll need to bring a mask and social distancing will be in place.

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On the provisional date for visiting Scotland from England and other countries in the UK, VisitScotland's Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead says: "

"We will continue to support Scottish businesses to ensure they have the right information, support and guidance to open safely".

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