Survey reveals views on Irish Sea quarantine


A SURVEY has revealed that more than a quarter of Scots would support quarantine being imposed on those who travel to the country across the Irish Sea.

More than 1000 Scots were polled in the study, which discovered that while 56 per cent are in favour of open travel between Scotland and the North of Ireland, some 28 per cent believe that restrictions should be put in place. For the Republic of Ireland, 53 per cent favour open travel, while 31 per cent would like to see the introduction of restrictions.

That figure compares well with other parts of the UK, with nearly half of Scots—some 47 per cent opposed to free travel to the country from England. Restrictions on travel from Wales would also be supported by 39 per cent of respondents.

The numbers shed light on the attitudes of those who are on the receiving end of visitors, while focus has previously been on those who were considering travelling themselves during Covid-19.

Tourism Ireland last month launched a campaign to attract visitors to the North of Ireland from the UK, advertising it as a location for safe travel in late summer and autumn.

“Tourism Ireland is planning to undertake some promotional activity in Great Britain to highlight Northern Ireland to prospective GB visitors,” a spokesperson sad before the launch.

However, the focus of the tourism industry on both sides of the Irish Sea has so far been mainly on ‘staycations.’ However, some have failed to receive the message, with Michael Cawley, former Chair of Failte Ireland, resigning his position after it was reported that he was spending his won holiday in Italy.