New international travel rules have come into place for EU and US tourists entering into Scotland from today.
Fully vaccinated citizens of America and those EU countries on the amber list will be able to enter into Scotland without the need to quarantine for 10 days.
This also means that travellers from these countries will not have to take a Covid test eight days after their arrival into Scotland.
Requirements will still be in place to produce evidence of a negative coronavirus test before travel and on day two of arrival.
EU and US passengers must provide accepted documentation to prove that they have been given both doses of recognised vaccines.
The move has been welcomed by Scottish airport chiefs.
These new rules do not apply for France, which remains on the so-called ‘amber plus’ list. French travellers will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days upon their arrival in Scotland.
Scottish Government officials say that the decision has been made possible due to the “success of vaccination schemes” in Scotland and abroad.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “This has only been made possible due to the overwhelming success of our vaccination programme here in Scotland when coupled with successful roll-outs of vaccination schemes in the EU and US.
“Fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel to Scotland under this significant relaxation of international travel measures, providing a boost for the tourism sector and wider economy while ensuring public health is protected.
“This new arrangement will be carefully monitored by clinicians and kept under close review as we seek to put Scotland firmly on the path to recovery – but people should continue to think very carefully about travelling – especially given the prevalence and unpredictable nature of variants of concern.”
A review of Scotland’s traffic light system for international travel is expected to conclude later this week.
It has been speculated that countries such as Italy and Germany could be added to the green list, while there are fears that Spain could join France on amber plus.
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