More choice

Private sector Covid tests allowed for travellers

Pre-departure Covid tests

Greater choice of tests will be available

People will be able to use private sector tests when returning, or visiting, from green or amber list countries under a change to international travel restrictions.

It will allow travellers to choose from a list of approved providers when booking the tests they will need to take after arriving in Scotland.

Previously they had to book NHS home PCR tests via the UK Government’s booking portal.

The opportunity to ease the restriction – which will come into effect in early September – has been made possible by enhanced monitoring of the performance and reliability of private testing providers to ensure public health safeguards are maintained.

There is also the additional safeguard of removing any provider that does not meet stringent performance measures.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza Yousaf said: “The step provides more choice and flexibility for travellers and will provide a boost for the tourism and aviation sector.

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