Coronavirus: Turkey and Poland added to Scotland’s quarantine list

Turkey, Poland, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba have been removed from the Scottish Government’s list of travel corridors – meaning travellers arriving in Scotland from those countries after 4am on Saturday must self-isolate for 14 days.

By Gary Flockhart
Thursday, 1st October 2020, 5:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 5:42 pm

Scotland will also align with other UK nations and add Madeira and the Azores to the list of destinations now exempt from quarantine requirement.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Although we are lifting quarantine restrictions on those travelling from the Azores or Madeira, in line with the public health data we have received, people should think long and hard before choosing to travel abroad, particularly during the forthcoming October break.

"At present all foreign travel carries a risk.

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"Quarantine requirements could be imposed on those arriving on holiday abroad, just as we may make the decision to impose the same in Scotland.

“People should think very hard before committing to non-essential foreign travel.

“Imposing quarantine restrictions on those arriving in the UK is our first defence in managing the risk of importing cases from communities with high risks of transmission.

“This is vital in our efforts to suppress the spread of the virus in Scotland.

Poland has been removed from the Scottish Government’s quarantine-exemption list following an increase in Covid-19 cases.

“We continue to be in regular discussions with the other three governments in the UK.”

Wherever somebody has travelled from – whether an exempt country or not – it remains a legal requirement to complete a Passenger Locator Form and provide it to Border Force officials.

"Failure to do so can also result in a fine since this, along with any failure to self-isolate where required, poses a significant risk to wider public health across Scotland.

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