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Wed 8 Jul 20

This afternoon, Wednesday 8 July, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced updated guidelines on international travel and quarantine requirements for travel to and from Scotland.

The First Minister noted the importance of international travel for the tourism and aviation sectors, however warned of the risks of importing the virus from other countries.

The current prevalence of the virus in Scotland is 28 in 100,000 people, and this is relevant to decisions on quarantine measures. Following an explanation of the green and amber rating system for the Coronavirus in other countries, as adopted by UK Government, she confirmed that from Friday 10 July, people travelling from countries in the green category will no longer be required to self-isolate on arrival to Scotland.

For those travelling from an amber category country, quarantine requirements would also be relaxed on Friday for those arriving from a country that has a similar, or lower, prevalence of the virus than Scotland. However, this currently doesn’t lift on quarantine restrictions for those flying in-bound from Spain (including the Canary Islands) and Serbia. The First Minister also shared that Public Health Scotland would hold data and carry out spot checks on arrivals landing at English airports, and quarantine requirements will apply to every arrival in Scotland whose journey began in a listed country, including those who entered Scotland through a third non-listed country or England.

The next statutory review will take place on Monday 20 July.

It was also announced by the First Minister today that:

  • The four CMO's were assessing how to measure the risk in other countries and she hoped they would conclude on this in the coming days
  • Those travelling to and from English airports to depart will not avoid quarantine requirements if ultimately returning to stay in Scotland
  • Quarantine timelines will remain under continual review
  • The number of deaths in Scotland related to Coronavirus have fallen for the tenth week in a row, according to the latest statistics published by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Watch or read the First Minister's speech in full on the Scottish Government website.

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