Scotland follows England in allowing travellers returning from amber list countries to avoid quarantine

Self-isolation will no longer be required for people arriving in Scotland from amber countries from next week, the First Minister has announced.

From next Monday, self-isolation will no longer be required for people arriving from countries on the amber list, provided they are fully vaccinated through a UK vaccination programme and taken a PCR test on the second day after arrival.

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Speaking to MSPs during a covid briefing on Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon said: “We will continue to take a precautionary approach to the inclusion of countries on the amber list.

"And, notwithstanding this change, we continue to advise against non essential overseas travel at this time.”

She added: “For the avoidance of doubt, let me be clear that anyone testing positive for, or experiencing symptoms of, Covid will still require to isolate for ten days.”

The rule change mirrors the one announced for England, which also comes into place on Monday.

A member of staff at Edinburgh Airport picture: Lisa Ferguson

It will be the first time the whole of Scotland has been subject to the same level of restrictions since September 1 last year when Glasgow was subject to restrictions on indoor meetings.

The move to level 0 includes some changes to the Scottish Government’s plans, including a delay in the return to office work, and the imposition of a midnight curfew on indoor hospitality.

The First Minister also announced that physical distancing of one metre will continue to apply outdoors instead of the planned removal of any restrictions around outdoor gatherings.

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