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Covid in Scotland: No quarantine for fully jabbed US and EU travellers

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Fully vaccinated visitors from the US and EU will no longer have to quarantine on arrival in Scotland.
The Scottish government announced the development hours after the UK government confirmed the rule change for England.The travel industry has campaigned for restrictions to be eased so that people living abroad can more easily visit.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said it was only possible due to the success of vaccination programmes.The UK government’s Covid Operations committee met earlier and decided to change the rules, effective from 04:00 on Monday.Currently, people who have been fully vaccinated within the UK do not need to isolate for 10 days when arriving from amber list countries, except from France.But until Wednesday’s announcement that exemption did not apply to people vaccinated abroad.From Monday the need to self-isolate if travelling from an amber list country will be waived, as well as the requirement for a PCR test on day eight after arrival.
However, all travellers will still need to produce a negative test result prior to departure and a negative PCR test result on day two after arrival.
The documentation required to show proof of vaccination is the EU Digital Covid Certificate or the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s white card, known as a CDC card.
Mr Matheson said: “This has only been made possible due to the overwhelming success of our vaccination programme here in Scotland when coupled with successful roll-outs of vaccination schemes in the EU and US.
“Fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel to Scotland under this significant relaxation of international travel measures, providing a boost for the tourism sector and wider economy while ensuring public health is protected.

“This new arrangement will be carefully monitored by clinicians and kept under close review as we seek to put Scotland firmly on the path to recovery – but people should continue to think very carefully about travelling – especially given the prevalence and unpredictable nature of variants of concern.”