Change of policy

Holyrood u-turn brings Scots airports in line with England


Scottish airports have called for greater assistance

Testing for inbound international travel is to be eased and will align with the UK after Nicola Sturgeon’s government reversed its earlier decision to diverge from Westminster guidelines.

Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Mathieson said the change of policy followed “consideration of the logistical, health and economic implications”.

Pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated travellers will be removed. Travellers from non-red list countries who have been fully vaccinated in a country that meets recognised standards of certifications will no longer be required to provide evidence of a negative test result before they can travel to Scotland. 

In its statement the government said that “for practical purposes”, Scotland will also align with the UK post-arrival testing regime.

“Details for the UK are still being finalised and we will continue to engage with the UK Government ahead of confirmation as soon as possible.”

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