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Self-isolation for all travellers returning from France

Published: 17 Jul 2021 20:39

Decision taken to protect public health in Scotland.

Fully vaccinated travellers returning to Scotland from France will still be required to self-isolate from Monday (19 July).

The decision follows concerns about the persistence of Beta variant cases in France, given this variant may evade vaccine protection. It means that anyone who has been in France in the previous 10 days will need to quarantine on arrival to Scotland in their own accommodation and will need a day two and day eight coronavirus (COVID-19) test, regardless of their vaccination status.

From Monday 19 July, travellers from other amber list countries will not be asked to self-isolate if they have been fully vaccinated through the NHS in the UK and 14 days have passed since their second vaccination.

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson said:

“Nobody wants travel restrictions in place for any longer than is absolutely necessary.

“We have been clear that the green, amber and red lists can change at short notice. It important we act quickly to limit the risk of importation of variants of concern which could undermine the rollout of our vaccine programme.”

Background

More information on international travel and quarantine

Changes to amber list travel restrictions will come into effect from 4am on Monday 19 July.