Scotland will adopt a similar traffic light system to the one due to come into force in England from 17 May, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said, although she has encouraged Scots to holiday at home at home this summer.
At a Covid briefing on Tuesday (11 May), Sturgeon confirmed the country would implement a regime similar to that outlined in full by UK transport secretary Grant Shapps late last week.
The devolved administrations, such as Scotland, have been free throughout the Covid crisis to implement their own policy on international travel.
Sturgeon said the country’s initial green list would feature 12 countries and territories, mirroring the one set out by the UK government on Friday.
It means Scots should shortly be able to travel to the four viable destinations – Portugal, Israel, Iceland and Gibraltar – on the list.
In a statement, the Scottish government said: "From 17 May, anyone entering Scotland from countries on a new international travel green list will not be required to quarantine on arrival, but will have to take a PCR test for Covid-19.
"The green list will initially be the same as that in place for England, but will be subject to review based on Scotland’s specific needs."
Sturgeon added: “We still intend to be highly cautious on international travel, given the risk of new variants, but we consider the situation now allows us to begin a careful move away from blanket restrictions on non-essential travel.
"Everyone should think seriously about whether they really need to travel abroad this summer. I know for many people international travel is about family connections. But when it comes to holidays abroad, my advice continues to be to err on the side of caution and to staycation this summer.”