Nicola Sturgeon has said she is still considering a list of countries approved by the UK Government which would allow reciprocal quarantine-free travel - paving the way for Scots to book Summer holidays abroad.Countries including Greece, Spain, France and Belgium are on the list, which comes into effect for the UK from 10 July. Ms Sturgeon said today she is still seeking more information about countries in the medium risk “amber” group, but is likely to agree to the lower risk countries. She said Scottish ministers will make a decision “as soon as we can.”But an Edinburgh Airport spokesman said: “Another day and yet more dithering from the Scottish Government. Airports never like to hear about delays but when it is having a direct impact on people’s jobs and livelihoods then they are even more unwelcome.
“We need to know what the government plans to do and we need to know now. We said the quarantine policy would be ineffective and unworkable and we now know we were right after the government’s own admission that no checks have taken place.
“Jobs have been lost and thousands more are at risk due to this policy and there is absolutely nothing to show for it. “We don’t envy the decisions that the First Minister has to make but decisions are needed and further delay will only compound the already drastic impact that’s been inflicted upon the aviation and tourism sectors.”
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
The dramatic events of 2020 are having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive. We are now more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription to support our journalism.
Subscribe to scotsman.com and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app. Visit https://www.scotsman.com/subscriptions now to sign up.
By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.