Scotland’s Travel List Changes
Written by centralfmnews on September 18, 2021
Scotland’s travel list will be ‘simplified’ along with England’s from the 4th of October.
The so-called “amber list” will be scrapped, meaning only a red and green list will remain.
The move is hoped to reduce confusion amongst those travelling in the coming weeks and months.
The Scottish Government say they are trying to maintain a four-nations approach to the easing but say there are risks to aligning with the rest of the UK.
Where Scotland will differ from the likes of England, will be their approach to testing pre-flight. Coronavirus testing will be enforced for Scottish airports to “minimise the risk of importing variants of concern.”
It’s worth noting that travelers can opt to take private sector tests, as well as airline provided tests.
The current amber-level restrictions will become the default for travelers from non-red countries, with eligible fully vaccinated travelers able to benefit from quarantine-free travel.
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson said the simplification of the system recognises the success of global vaccination programmes.
He said: “This is a major step but one with sensible safeguards built in recognising the success of the Scottish Government’s vaccination programme.
“The expansion of the eligible vaccinated traveller policy combined with the changes to the traffic light system will provide a welcome boost to Scotland’s tourism industry.
“However, we have concerns that the UK Government’s proposals to remove the requirement for a pre-departure test for some travelers will weaken our ability to protect the public health of Scotland’s communities. While we want to maintain a four nations approach to these matters, we need to consider urgently their implications.”
Countries removed from the red list from 4 am on 22nd of September are:
- Sri Lanka
Countries added to the eligible vaccinated traveler policy from 4th of October are:
- New Zealand
- Antigua & Barbuda
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia