India and three Middle Eastern countries have been removed from Scotland’s coronavirus travel red list – and arrivals from France will no longer need to self-isolate if fully vaccinated, the Scottish Government has said.
But travellers from Mexico and Georgia will now have to quarantine in a hotel.
It comes as part of a host of changes to the traffic light system for international travel.
The Scottish Government said the new lists will come into force at 4am on Sunday.
Travellers from Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will join those from India in not having to isolate in a hotel on entry to the country.
Mexico, Georgia and the French overseas departments of La Reunion and Mayotte will be put in the red tier.
Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway are among seven countries being added to the quarantine-free green list.
Arrivals from France will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated.
It will be aligned with all other amber nations, from which arrivals only need to quarantine at home if they are not fully vaccinated.
While Spain remains on the amber list, travellers are advised to be cautious due to a new variant originating in South America.
The Scottish Government said passengers should get a PCR test prior to departure from Spain rather than other available tests such as lateral flow.
Quarantine hotel costs will also change “in light of a decision taken by the UK Government, which manages contractual arrangements on behalf of the four nations”, the Scottish Government said.
The price of a stay in managed isolation is to increase from £1750 to £2285.
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson said: “These latest changes make it clear that international travel remains challenging.
“Recent relaxations to travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people were due to the huge success of the Scottish Government’s vaccination programme.
“It is vitally important we protect that progress through continued vigilance on importation, and we continue to urge caution given the risks caused by variants of concern.”
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