New rules on international travel will come into effect in Scotland from next week.

The current traffic light system will be replaced by a set a rules that are designed to make flying abroad easier for fully vaccinated holidaymakers.

Green and amber classifications will merge from October 4, but the red list will be retained for countries deemed to have high rates of Covid infection or variants of concern.

The Scottish Government has signalled that pre-departure tests will be scrapped for non-red countries in the near future, with discussions ongoing over the post-arrival tests for the virus.

Rules on international travel will change from next week

Current rules mean that fully vaccinated passengers arriving home from a green or an amber list country must take a Covid test before travel to Scotland and another within two days of touching down.

A date is yet to be confirmed on the changes to the testing regime.

Red list restrictions will remain the same net week, with passengers arriving from these countries required to spend at least 10 days in hotel quarantine.

Tests must also be carried out pre-departure, with another two carried out during the period of self-isolation.

The Scottish Government has listed 54 countries that it deems to be ‘high risk’ and has continued to urged Scots to travel to these locations, unless it is for an essential reason.

Some countries included on the list include the likes of Brazil, Mexico and Thailand.

Here is the full list of red list countries that Scots are banned from travelling to for non-essential reasons:

Travellers heading back into Scotland from a red list country must spend at least 10 days in hotel quarantine

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