The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA) has backed a move by the Scottish government to remove Dubai from the country’s quarantine-free "safe travel" list.
It follows a spike in positive cases of Covid-19 identified in passengers flying into Glasgow from Dubai since the new year, the Scottish government said on Sunday (10 January).
From 4am on Monday (11 January), anyone flying into Scotland from Dubai will have to self-isolate for 10 days.
Additionally, anyone who has travelled from Dubai to Scotland since 3 January is being asked to self-isolate for 10 days from the date they arrived back in the country.
Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson said: “Imposing quarantine requirements on those arriving in the UK is our first defence in managing the risk of imported cases from communities with high risks of transmission.
"That is why we have made the decision to remove Dubai from the country exemptions list."
Matheson added the government’s message remained that people should not be undertaking any non-essential foreign travel at this time.
SPAA president Joanne Dooey said: "Removing Dubai from the safe list is understandable. We believe there has been a cluster of infections around Scots who travelled to Dubai over the Christmas and new year period.
"While we’re keen to see a return to increased international travel, protecting the health of the whole country remains our key concern and we are supportive of this move."