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Scotland yet to decide on dropping quarantine rule

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Britons will be able to take foreign holidays

Scotland is yet to decide whether to follow England and drop the 14-day quarantine requirement for people arriving from countries considered “lower risk” for COVID-19.

Official travel advice against all but essential travel outside Britain will be eased from 6 July for some countries and regions, the UK Government said on Friday.

However, there was no decision on easing restrictions on travellers arriving into Scotland. Rules on travel are devolved to the Scottish government.

The Scottish government said on Saturday it had expected four-nation talks to be held before any announcement was made.

The countries considered low risk are thought to include Spain, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Turkey, Germany and Norway – but not Portugal or Sweden.

The full list of travel corridors with the UK will be published next week.

The changes will make it easier for Britons to travel abroad for summer holidays.

Nations will be put into three categories: green, amber and red. Passengers arriving from green and amber countries will no longer have to quarantine themselves for 14 days after their arrival.

A UK government spokeswoman said: “Our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully open a number of safe travel routes around the world. But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge.”

UPDATE 29 JUNE: The Scottish government said it has no plans to impose restrictions on travel between Scotland and England, but all options are being considered.

Greece dashed the hopes of holidaymakers looking for a quick post-lockdown getaway as it extended its ban on flights from Britain by two weeks. 

Athens has extended its prohibition on UK flights to the country from 1 July 1 until 15 July, despite plans for it to feature on the UK’s list of countries eligible for quarantine-free travel.

It cited the UK’s high rate of coronavirus. 

Earlier, the First Minister repeated the Scottish government’s position, saying there was no plan for cross-border travel restrictions within the UK, though all options were still being considered.

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