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Scotland to lift quarantine measures for travellers returning from 39 countries – but NOT Spain

Scotland will lift the 14-day quarantine requirement for travellers returning or visiting from 39 countries, including France, Germany and Italy, on Friday (10 July).

Last week it was announced that from Friday, holidaymakers returning to England from more than 50 countries and territories will no longer be required to self-isolate – in a move which, alongside changes to Foreign Office travel guidance, gave the green light for overseas travel to resume. But the changes to quarantine restrictions didn't apply to other parts of the UK.

Now, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland will also be exempting travellers returning from certain countries from quarantine on Friday – but some countries on England's quarantine-free list, including Spain and Serbia, WON'T be exempted in Scotland.

While Spain is not currently on the approved list, the First Minister said that will be kept under regular review to see if cases of the virus there decrease enough.

See our Coronavirus Travel Rights guide for the latest travel updates.

Where can I go without quarantining on return to Scotland?

Travellers who go to the following countries will be able to return to Scotland without quarantining from Friday: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Réunion, San Marino, Seychelles, South Korea, St Barthélemy, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Vatican City, Vietnam.

What about Wales and Northern Ireland?

While England and Scotland are planning to relax quarantine restrictions on Friday, there's no news yet from the Welsh and Northern Irish governments about how the rules may change there. We'll continue to monitor this and update our Coronavirus Travel Rights guide with full info as soon as we have it.

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