The contradiction emerged in details of the new travel ban.
“Nonsensical” coronavirus rules in Scotland have left residents confused as to whether they can leave the country.
Any travel to the airport from certain regions is illegal under new Scottish rules that go into effect from 6PM today.
However, flying abroad remains legal, leaving Scots in a state of confusion.
SNP Constitution Secretary Michael Russell explained international travel cannot be outlawed by Scottish ministers “because that is for the UK to do that”.
The police have been given the power to enforce the travel ban by fining anyone caught making their way to the airport.
Fines for breaching the rules start at £30, doubling to £60 if they are not paid within 28 days. Those who break the rules multiple times can end up in court and face fines of up to £960.
A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport said: “This is clearly a fluid situation and we have asked the government to clarify what it means for airports and aviation exactly. We encourage passengers to look at government advice and guidance and make an informed decision based on that.
“This piles further pressure on aviation and travel industries which have already been decimated by the quarantine policy. The testing regime we have consistently called for would simplify this by mitigating risk to public health and allowing people to travel.
“Surely now is the time for the government to act in this area, as it has done with students.”