The full list of places which people can travel from at the end of the week without needing to quarantine upon their arrival in Scotland has been confirmed.
From Friday, those travelling to the country from more than 50 overseas destinations, with either similar or lower levels of coronavirus infection, will not need to self-isolate.
These include a number of European nations such as Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Malta – but do not extend to Spain or Serbia.
The list of destinations where the self-isolation requirements for those arriving in Scotland will be lifted are;
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Saint Eustatius and Saba
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- The Netherlands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- St Barthélemy
- St Kitts & Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- South Korea
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Vatican City State
Travellers from the 14 United Kingdom overseas territories will also be exempt.
Passengers arriving will still be required to complete the online passenger locator form prior to travel and to supply contact details, travel details and the address of the final destination where they will be staying.
Travellers arriving into Scotland via an English port or airport, or direct to the country, will still need to quarantine if they have been in a country which is not on the exemption list.
Justice secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Having carefully considered the public health impact of proposed exemptions we will lift the quarantine requirements from a limited number of countries where the risk of importing Covid-19 is sufficiently low. These exemptions will take effect on Friday, at the same time as those being introduced for travel into England and Wales.
“As we have lowered the level of the virus in Scotland, we must manage the risk of more cases coming into the country, particularly from areas where infections are more prevalent than here. That makes decisions about lifting quarantine requirements particularly difficult.
“Anyone travelling should follow public health advice at all times including wearing face coverings, avoiding crowded places, washing hands and surfaces, staying two metres apart and self-isolating if you get symptoms and immediately registering for a test.”