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Scotland travel ban: You can go abroad but trips to the airport are illegal

Scotland’s new travel ban, which is due to come into effect on Friday, will make going to the airport for leisure reasons illegal for those living in level 3 and 4 areas.

However, international travel won’t be illegal under the same restrictions.

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution Mike Russell told the Scottish parliament: “International travel won’t be illegal because it would be for the UK government to do that, but travelling to the airport or to a port for that purpose would be against the regulations.”

At present, those living in levels 3 and 4 are told they should avoid travelling outside of their area for non-essential reasons.

But the new law being introduced on Friday will finally give police the power to enforce the ban.

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Those found breaching the rules are liable to pay fines of £30, which double to £60 if not paid within 28 days. The fines can go up to £960 for those found to be repeatedly flouting the rules.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Speirs said in response to the changing legislation: “The Chief Constable has said publicly on numerous occasions that we will not be routinely stopping vehicles or setting up road blocks, and that will not change as a result of travel restrictions now being in law.

“However, officers may in the course of their duties come across people who are travelling from one local authority area to another. In areas where travel restrictions apply, officers will continue to use the common sense, discretion and excellent judgement that they have applied since the crisis began.”

John Swinney, Scotland’s deputy first minister, has admitted that the new restrictions will be very difficult to enforce, reports The Times.

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