Coronavirus quarantine: France, Netherlands and Monaco among latest countries to have self-isolation exemptions removed

The move was announced by Humza Yousaf late on Thursday evening.

Six more countries have been removed from the list of quarantine exemptions, it emerged late last night.

At 10pm on Thursday evening, after a conference call with officials from each of the four UK nations, Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf told followers on Twitter that travellers returning from France, The Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba would soon be told to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

Mr Yousaf said a collective decision was made in the light of new evidence.

“Just off 4 Nations call & based on latest data we have agreed [to] remove following from exempt list,” he wrote.

The quarantine exemption for the six new countries will end at 4am on Saturday, August 15.

Daily cases of coronavirus in France have steadily increased over the last month, reaching a peak of 2,200 last week.

Meanwhile in The Netherlands, more than 800 people a day are currently testing positive for Covid-19 - a figure that has been steadily increasing since mid-July.

The quarantine exemption for the six new countries will end at 4am on Saturday, August 15. Daily cases of coronavirus in France have steadily increased over the last month, reaching a peak of 2,200 last week.

The North Holland region appears to be particularly badly impacted, having recorded more than 100 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Although the Turks and Caicos Islands have very few cases compared to other countries, officials there have recently reported a 367% rise in daily cases.

Late last month the Scottish government removed travel exemptions from Luxembourg and Spain after a surge in new Covid-19 cases in both countries.

And at 4am on Saturday, August 8, officials in Scotland began enforcing two-week quarantine rules for travellers returning from Andorra, The Bahamas, and Belgium.

Currently, travellers from more than fifty countries remain exempt from having to self-isolate when arriving in Scotland.

You can see the full list, and find the latest Scottish government travel advice, here.

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