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If Plans Are Approved Some Quarantine-free Travel for Scotland To Begin


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If proposals currently under consideration by the Scottish Government are confirmed, Scots will be able to travel to some countries overseas without being quarantined.

It is reported that the Scottish Government is considering a traffic light system similar to that in England.

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, is expected to confirm adoption of the proposed system at her Coronavirus briefing today.

The system, would classify countries as green, amber, or red and review them every four weeks.

According to the Scottish Government, it will not comment on reports ahead of Tuesday’s Coronavirus briefing.

As of now, people must “not travel into or out of Scotland without an essential reason”.

Even where travel is permitted, you should still avoid going abroad if at all possible.

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Scotland currently requires visitors to isolate themselves in a hotel or at home for 10 days after arrival, and they must provide proof of a negative test before travelling.

England’s traffic light system allows visitors returning from green destinations – Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel – not to self-isolate and only requires one post-arrival coronavirus test.

Those vacationing in an amber destination – such as Spain, Italy and France – should self-isolate for 10 days and take two post-arrival tests.

As a result of the addition of the Maldives, Turkey, and Nepal to the red list on Saturday, anybody arriving back in England after 4 am on Wednesday will need to stay in a quarantined hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £1,750 per person.

The Government will review the traffic light system every three weeks, and there are four key criteria it takes into account when categorizing a country.

They include the vaccination rate, the rate of infection, the prevalence of variants of concern, and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.

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