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Article published 28/07/2021

Step only possible due to success of vaccination programmes

Fully vaccinated people from the EU and US will be able to travel to Scotland without quarantining from Monday (2 August).

The need for travellers to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in Scotland is being waived subject to countries covered remaining on the amber travel list.

The easing also removes the need for a PCR test on day eight after arrival and is a major relaxation of travel restrictions that were imposed to protect wider public health in Scotland.

All travellers will still be required to produce a negative test prior to departure and a negative PCR test on day two after arrival.

The step has been made possible by the success of vaccination schemes here and abroad with inbound travellers from the EU and US required to produce accepted documentation to prove they are fully protected with recognised vaccines.

Background

Concerns about the prevalence of the Beta COVID-19 variant mean arrivals who have been in France in the previous 10 days are not eligible.

The terms of the scheme extend to EU and European Free Trade Association member states, as well as Switzerland, and the US, provided countries remain on the amber travel list. It also covers the European microstates – Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.

The accepted documentation referenced is the EU Digital Covid Certificate and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s white card –  known as a CDC card.

Read the full press release.

Read the Scottish Government international travel guidance.