No quarantine requirements for fully jabbed US and EU travellers
Fully vaccinated visitors from the US and EU will no longer have to quarantine on arrival in Scotland.
The Scottish government announced the development yesterday afternoon, hours after the UK government confirmed the rule change for England.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said it was only possible due to the success of vaccination programmes.
Currently, people who have been fully vaccinated within the UK do not need to isolate for 10 days when arriving from amber list countries, except from France.
But until Wednesday's announcement that exemption did not apply to people vaccinated abroad.
From Monday the need to self-isolate if travelling from an amber list country will be waived, as well as the requirement for a PCR test on day eight after arrival.
However, all travellers will still need to produce a negative test result prior to departure and a negative PCR test result on day two after arrival.
The documentation required to show proof of vaccination is the EU Digital Covid Certificate or the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's white card, known as a CDC card.
Responding to the news that fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US will not have to quarantine on arrival in Scotland, Scottish Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive, Dr Liz Cameron OBE said:
“It is very welcome that the Scottish Government quickly took the decision to align with the UK Government on the latest changes to the travel regime: allowing double vaccinated travellers from the EU and US to not have to self-isolate upon arrival in Scotland.
“This will provide much needed clarity and certainty for next week – when this change comes into effect – so that our businesses can properly prepare and aim to take advantage of increased travel flows.
“We hope that a four nations approach continues to be adopted on future decisions around travel restrictions, as the risk of divergence would pose a great threat to Scotland’s aviation, travel and wider tourism industries. We must not see these vital parts of our economy put at a competitive disadvantage, as we attempt to open up and show that Scotland is open for business.”
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