Travellers from the EU and US who are fully-vaccinated will be able to arrive in Scotland without going into quarantine under new restrictions coming into force.
The normal 10-day self-isolation period for arrivals has been scrapped – but will only apply to countries on the amber list of the traffic light system.
The new restrictions, which are to help to reunite family and friends whose loved ones live abroad, means a PCR test on day eight after arrival will be axed.
However, all travellers will still need to have a negative test prior to departure and a negative PCR test on day two after arrival.
People who fly in from red list countries will still have to quarantine in a designated hotel for 10 days.
Inbound travellers from the EU and US will also be required to produce accepted documentation to prove they are fully protected with recognised vaccines.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new rules:
When are rules changing?
Fully-vaccinated people from the EU and US will be able to travel to Scotland without quarantining from Monday, August 2.
Can I travel to the US?
Despite being on the amber list, a travel ban is in place stopping anyone from the UK entering the United States.
A travel ban has been in place for the UK and Ireland since March 2020, but there are some exceptions to this rule.
Only US citizens and permanent residents of the US, as well as close family members and other limited visa holders, can enter the US from the UK at this time.
However, a recent change to the travel rules has reignited hope that travel between the US and UK might be possible soon – but it’s not that simple.
Then-president Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation and placed an indefinite ban on travellers from the UK and Ireland that can only be rescinded by the sitting president.
Passengers flying into the US from anywhere else in the world need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) also requires unvaccinated travellers to quarantine for at least seven days after arrival.
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Can people from the US travel to the UK?
As of Monday August 2, those who have been fully vaccinated in the EU or US will not need to self-isolate when coming to the UK from an amber list country.
The government said the rule change will help to reunite family and friends whose loved ones live abroad.
However, US citizens are still urged not to travel to the UK by their country’s health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The travel advice urges people not to travel, but that “if you must travel to the United Kingdom, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.”
Meanwhile, the State Department said: “Do not travel to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19.”
Earlier this week, the White House said it had no plans on lifting the Covid-19 travel restrictions for non-Americans.
The UK and US have set up a Taskforce to discuss a travel corridor, but the restrictions will remain.
Originally Appeared On: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/travel-rules-vaccinated-eu-arrivals-24653712