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Concerns over a new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, have resulted in toughened travel restrictions.
In a shock announcement, Boris Johnson said the rules for vaccinated travellers were going to change.
Humza Yousaf said the same would happen in Scotland, and they haven’t yet ruled out ‘going further’ in terms of toughening restrictions as six cases of the new omicron covid variant have been identified in Lanarkshire and Greater Glasgow.
More countries have been added to the red list for travel.
Here’s everything we know about the new travel rules.
Scotland’s red list countries:
- South Africa
Who can travel to red list countries?
If you have been in one of these countries or territories in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK, you can only enter the UK if you either are a British or Irish National or have residence rights in the UK.
If you live in Scotland, you should not travel to any of the countries or territories on Scotland’s red list.
What happens if you have been in one of these countries?
If you’ve been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you’ll need to quarantine at a hotel in Scotland for 10 days and 11 nights as soon as you arrive.
You must book the hotel you’re going to isolate in before travelling to Scotland. You can only book your hotel through the quarantine hotel booking website. You cannot book a hotel through any other website.
There are hotel rooms available for red list arrivals at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports.
You cannot choose which hotel you stay in and it is arranged by the Government. our booking package will include things like:
- transfer to a hotel as close as possible to the airport you arrived at
- meals, as well as fruit and soft drinks, delivered to your room – you’ll have access to water, tea and coffee in your room
- information on how to access NHS Scotland healthcare support during your stay
- a day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 testing kit
Only a small number of people with certain jobs, or in need of essential medical treatment, are exempt from needing to isolate in a hotel after arriving from a red list country.
Before you travel you’ll also need to take a pre-departure test and receive a negative result, complete an online passenger locator form before travelling.
While staying in your hotel, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 of your 10 day stay. These tests will be delivered to you at your hotel.
If either of these tests are positive for COVID-19, you may need to quarantine at your hotel for longer than 10 days.
The cost of isolating in a hotel
Rate for 1 adult in 1 room for 10 days (11 nights): £2,285
Additional rate for 1 adult (or child over 11): £1,430
Additional rate for a child aged 5 to 11: £325
There is no charge for children under 5.
What are the travel rules to non-red list countries?
If you’re due to arrive after 4am on Tuesday 30 November, everyone aged 11 or over will need to take a day 2 PCR test after travelling to Scotland.
You will need to isolate at home, or in the place you’re staying, as soon as you arrive. You can only stop isolating if you receive a negative test result from your day 2 PCR test.
You can take your day 2 PCR test on or before day 2 after your arrival.
If the result of your day 2 PCR test is positive, you will need to isolate for a full 10 days from the date of your positive test result.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, before you travel you must:
- take a COVID-19 test before you arrive in Scotland
- complete a Passenger Locator Form
- buy COVID-19 day 2 and day 8 PCR tests
On arrival in Scotland you must:
- isolate at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days (self-isolation)
- take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you should take your COVID-19 Day 2 PCR test on or before day 2 of your 10 day self-isolation, and your COVID-19 Day 8 PCR test on or after day 8
If you’re fully vaccinated, there are 3 things you must do before you arrive in Scotland
- Make sure that you’re able to prove you’re fully vaccinated
- Book a COVID-19 day 2 test
- Complete a Passenger Locator Form on gov.uk