Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas added to quarantine list

Scottish Government also lifts quarantine restrictions for travellers returning from Brunei and Malaysia.

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Passengers returning to Scotland from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival from Saturday.

The Scottish Government announced the quarantine rules change on Thursday evening, citing a significant increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in those countries

The decision was made by the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland and Wales as well as the UK Government.

Separately, there was an agreement to add two countries, Brunei and Malaysia, to the list of destinations where travellers are exempt from the requirement to quarantine.

The lifting of those requirements come into effect from 4am on Tuesday, August 11.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said:“The governments of all for nations have agreed to these changes based on a shared understanding of the data. 

“This is another important step in our efforts to prevent the spread of the virus and adhering to the quarantine is a vital aspect of this.

“Imposing quarantine requirements on those arriving from another country is not a decision made lightly – but suppressing the virus and protecting public health remains our priority.”