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Quarantine rules reinstated for Latvia and Estonia

By David Porter

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Travellers arriving in Scotland from Estonia and Latvia must quarantine for 14 days at home or another address, from 4am on Saturday, November 28.

A significant increase in cases of coronavirus in those countries as well as a rise in the numbers of cases testing positive, and the associated risk of importation into Scotland has led to the decisions to remove exemption status.

At the same time a number of destinations are being added to the list of countries and territories where travellers will be exempt from quarantine on arrival in Scotland.

They are: Aruba, Bhutan, Israel, Jerusalem, Kiribati, Micronesia, Mongolia, Namibia, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Uruguay, Vanuatu and the Caribbean islands of the US Virgin Islands, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.

The enhanced travel controls which prevented visitors arriving into the UK from Denmark will also be removed this Saturday.

However, anyone arriving into the UK from Denmark will still be required to isolate for 14 days.

The regulations will also make minor amendments to sectoral exemptions related to state business, diplomatic missions and sub-sea telecommunications workers.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We continue to closely monitor the status of the pandemic in countries across the world, given circumstances can change so rapidly and that all of us must take great care to avoid contributing to the spread of the virus.

“The removal of the travel ban on visitors from Denmark as well as the addition of a number of destinations to the list of countries designated exempt from quarantine requirements, should not be taken as a green light for lots of people to arrange overseas travel.

“Our message remains clear that people should think very hard before committing to non-essential foreign travel as the public health situation, and therefore our response to it, can change rapidly.

“It is imperative that we disrupt the spread of this virus which remains a significant challenge in Scotland and across the world.”

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