Nicola Sturgeon warns amid travel uncertainty: 'I would not book a holiday right now'

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Nicola Sturgeon has said she would not book a holiday abroad at the moment as mixed messaging over travelling abroad continues. The Scottish First Minister said at her daily coronavirus briefing that she does not want to raise expectations over a possible compensation scheme for those forced to self-isolate after returning from Spain. It comes after guidance for travelling to country were changed as reported coronavirus cases continued to grow.

This means holidaymakers will have to spend 14 days in isolation on their return from holidaying anywhere in Spain.

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Ministers have been told to get a grip on the summer holiday "confusion" after the Balearic and Canary islands were added to the list of places where only essential travel is advised . This morning, local government minister Simon Clarke prompted more travel uncertainty after saying he "wouldn't say don't go abroad".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wears a face mask during her visit to the field hospital the NHS Louisa Jordan (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

But now Ms Sturgeon said she would opt to take a holiday at home, warning that quarantine restrictions could be reimposed at short notice. The First Minister said: "Right now, be very, very cautious about booking foreign travel that is not essential because you don't know that when you're in a country they may change their regulations and so you might find yourself restricted in that country and when you go to come home you might find that the quarantine rules have changed here.

People gather in Barcelona, Spain as Brits have been warned not to travel to the country (Getty Images)

"I wouldn't, if you were asking me, be booking a foreign holiday right now because of these reasons.

"I would be choosing, if I had the time to go on holiday, to spend it here in Scotland."

Passengers arriving at Birmingham Airport as many people arrive into England from holidays in Spain (PA)

Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has pushed for a Government scheme to be set up to support those facing quarantine and thereby not able to work, but the First Minister appeared to reject the calls. She said: "It's not something to give people an expectation around. "I usually say, and will continue to say, we consider all suggestions that are made to us but I don't want to raise people's expectations."

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She added: "I know this is really tough.

These decisions are not easy and I know the people who bear the consequences of these decisions find it really difficult as well."

The First Minister said there is an "inherent uncertainty" in the response to coronavirus, meaning the situation can change rapidly.

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