Speaking at her daily briefing on the virus, the Scottish First Minister said the 14-day quarantine restriction will be lifted on July 10 for people returning or visiting from 39 countries with a low prevalence of Covid-19, including Germany, Norway and Malta.
Other countries which have a lower or not significantly higher prevalence of the virus than Scotland – including France, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy and Poland – will also be included on the list.
But she said the restriction will not be lifted for Spain or Serbia. She said the ‘difficult decision’ had been driven by the evidence.
Sturgeon went on to warn tourists that any attempts to ‘get around’ restrictions by crossing the border after flying into England would be ineffective.
Teeside and Newcastle International Airports are both under 100 miles from the Scottish border.
Nicola Sturgeon speaks during a COVID-19 press conference at St. Andrew’s House today. Sturgeon said today that travel restrictions will not be lifted for Spain or Serbia, despite being on the UK’s air bridge list
General view of San Lorenzo beach, in Gijon, Asturias, northern Spain, 04 July 2020. The beach is crowded in the first weekend of July, the first one of summer holidays
‘I know how many people from Scotland enjoy travelling to Spain and I know how much we love welcoming Spanish tourists,’ she said. ‘My hope is these restrictions can be relaxed soon, and possibly very soon.’
Ms Sturgeon also emphasised that those who travel to Scotland from countries on the approved list will still have to adhere to the latest social distancing and hygiene measures.
And she warned quarantine measures could be reimposed if virus cases begin to spike again.
She said the prevalence of the virus in the Scottish population is currently 28 in every 100,000 people.
‘We’re not yet at the stage where we can say we’ve virtually eliminated the virus in the community, but that prize is clearly attainable and brings with it the prospect of a brighter future and more sustainable recovery,’ she said.
But she warned the prevalence of the virus is higher elsewhere, including in the rest of the UK where 180 people per 100,000 have the virus.
She added: ‘This is relevant to the decisions that we take in relation to quarantine.’
Ms Sturgeon also gave the latest Covid-19 figures for Scotland.
She said a total of 2,490 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus, up by one from 2,489 on Tuesday, and 18,309 people have tested positive for the virus, up by seven from 18,302.
Passengers make their way through the main terminal at Edinburgh Airport on July 07, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland
The National Records of Scotland earlier revealed 4,173 people have died with Covid-19 under its weekly measure, which records all deaths with a suspected or probable case of the virus involved.
Also speaking during the briefing, Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced the easing of restrictions for those advised to shield during the pandemic because of a pre-existing medical condition.
The Scottish Government had initially asked people to shield until July 31 but said there would be periodical easing of restrictions throughout July.
From Friday, those who are shielding will no longer require to distance themselves from those they live with.
Those in single parent households or who live on their own will also be able to form an extended household group in the same way as the rest of the population can, including being able to visit someone in their home or stay overnight without having to socially distance.
Ms Freeman also said those who are in this category will also be able to book holiday accommodation or go to a second home, provided these do not have shared facilities with other households.
However, the Health Secretary ‘strongly advised’ this is only done with people in the same household or as part of an extended household.
Measures UK holidaymakers will face when they land abroad
Britons can travel to 73 destinations – including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Malta and Barbados – with no mandatory quarantine upon returning to England from July 10.
The government’s official website does not immediately specify whether the countries on the list will reciprocate the quarantine-free arrangements.
It instead urges travellers to check the individual rules for arrivals to their destination as measures will differ from country to country with some enacting a ban on arrivals from Britain all together.
Here is a breakdown of holiday destinations and what rules they have in place for arrivals from the UK…
Andorra: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Antigua and Barbuda: Travellers without dual-nationality and who have a particular travel history will not be allowed to enter
Aruba: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Australia: UK arrivals must quarantine for 14 days
Austria: UK arrivals must quarantine for 14 days unless a test proves they are negative
Bahamas: Arrivals must be able to show they have tested negative for coronavirus or they will not be able to enter
Barbados: Arrivals from Britain must remain quarantined as they await coronavirus test results (a test is compulsory)
Belgium: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba: Borders are shut meaning no-one can enter the country
Croatia: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Curaçao: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Cyprus: A ban is in place on anyone who has travelled to the UK in the last 14 days
Czech Republic: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Denmark: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Dominica: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Faroe Islands: Anyone arriving from the UK will be given a Covid-19 test when they arrive
Fiji: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Finland: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Guadeloupe: Arrivals will be screened and may need to quarantine
Hong Kong: Arrivals from Britain could be made to quarantine for 14-days
Hungary: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Iceland: Arrivals can choose to be tested – which they must pay for – or self-isolate for 14 days. Children do not need to do either
Italy: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Jamaica: All arrivals are tested for coronavirus. Those with positive results will be isolated
Japan: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Liechtenstein: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Lithuania: Arrivals from Britain must quarantine for 14 days
Luxembourg: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Macau: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Malta: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Mauritius: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Monaco: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Netherlands: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
New Caledonia: Travel certificate must be completed – limited flights
New Zealand: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Norway: No entry at all for arrivals from Britain
Poland: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
San Marino: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Seychelles: No commercial flights
South Korea: Arrivals must be tested and quarantine for 14 days
St Barthélemy: Travel certificate
St Kitts and Nevis: Borders are closed
St Lucia: Borders are closed
St Pierre & Miquelon: Travel certificate
Spain: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Taiwan: Arrivals from Britain must quarantine for 14 days
Trinidad and Tobago: Borders are closed
Turkey: Arrivals from Britain will be tested when they land
Vatican city: Quarantine-free travel for arrivals from Britain
Vietnam: Arrivals from Britain must quarantine for 14 days at least
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