Report: Travel restrictions present an issue if Donald Trump headed to Scotland on Inauguration Day

Julie Williams
·2 min read

Just over two weeks remain in Donald Trump’s term as the president of the United States, but what’s next for Trump? A report in Scotland’s Sunday Post indicated that Scotland, where he owns a major golf resort, could be a possibility.

Except that a travel ban could prevent him from entering that country.

The Sunday Post reported that Prestwick Airport in Scotland has been told to plan for the arrival of a U.S. military Boeing 757 aircraft on Jan. 19 – a day before President-elect Joe Biden is to be inaugurated.

In reporting the booking for the Boeing 757 on Jan. 19, the Sunday Post’s source, who remained anonymous, said of the aircraft: “That’s one that’s normally used by the Vice-President but often used by the First Lady. Presidential flights tend to get booked far in advance, because of the work that has to be done around it.”

Trump has used that aircraft previously, and the Sunday Post further cited sources at Prestwick that said two U.S. military surveillance aircraft were circling Trump’s Turnberry Resort in November.

Airport sources also described surveillance planes landing at Prestwick on Nov. 12. The survey aircraft reportedly was at Prestwick for a week, which generally signals that Trump “is going to be somewhere for an extended period.”

The issue would lie in COVID travel restrictions. According to the Independent, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said travel in and out of the country is not permitted without a valid reason and “coming to play golf is not what I would consider to be an essential purpose.”

NBC News reported last month that Trump is not expected to attend Biden’s inauguration and that a Trump announcement of a 2024 presidential campaign is a possibility.

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