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Article published 08/01/2021

New public health requirements.

Passengers travelling to Scotland from abroad will be required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel.

The new public health requirement, to be introduced as soon as practically possible, aims to strengthen current safeguards against imported cases and in particular protect against new strains of coronavirus such as those identified in Denmark and South Africa.

People arriving into Scotland will have to take the pre-departure test (PDT) up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in.

Those coming from countries not on the quarantine exemption list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.

Non-essential travel to or from Scotland is currently illegal and will not immediately change with the introduction of pre-departure testing.

Further details of the PDT scheme, including sanctions for individuals who fail to comply and when it will take effect, will be announced before the scheme is implemented.

The Scottish Government will introduce regulations and UK Border Force will carry out spot checks on travellers to monitor compliance.

Read the full Scottish Government press release.

Read more on quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering the UK.