The Scottish authorities introduced the journey ban from South America tonight amid fears of a brand new variant of the coronavirus recognized in Brazil.
Guests from South America and Portugal, together with the Azores and Madeira, won’t be able to journey to Scotland.
British nationals returning to the nation from these areas will nonetheless be allowed to journey, however can be required to self-isolate for 10 days upon return, no exceptions.
The transfer replicates these made late final 12 months in response to variant covid-19 strains recognized in Denmark and South Africa.
Qatar and the Caribbean islands of Aruba and Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba have additionally been faraway from the exemption listing of nations in Scotland.
The brand new guidelines will take impact at four a.m. tomorrow (Friday).
On the identical time, the Scottish authorities has additionally introduced plans to implement pre-departure assessments for arrivals within the nation, that are anticipated to be launched tomorrow, have been pushed again to Monday because of delays south of the border.
Tonight's assertion confirmed: "Following the identification of a brand new variant of the coronavirus in Brazil, the Scottish authorities will impose further restrictions on all arrivals from South America, in addition to from a number of nations with robust journey hyperlinks with affected nations. In addition to the South American nations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador , from French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela, this can even apply to Portugal, together with Azores and Madeira, Panama and Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and UK Abroad Territory of the Falkland Islands.
"These journey restrictions will replicate the measures which have been put in place for Denmark and South Africa and can go into impact at four:00 am on Friday January 15th. Vacationers who’ve stayed in any of those nations or territories within the 10 days previous to arriving in Scotland ought to self-isolate, together with all members of their family. No exemptions from isolation will apply.
"Qatar and the Caribbean islands of Aruba and Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba are additionally being faraway from the nation exemption listing on the identical time.
“The UK authorities has confirmed that the implementation of pre-departure testing for arrivals in England is being postponed till Monday morning, to offer carriers and passengers extra time to arrange.
"The Scottish Authorities supposed to introduce this extra measure on Friday 15 January, however there’s additionally a have to delay implementation to permit coordination between UK authorities rules and related Scottish rules. "
Transportation Secretary Michael Matheson stated: “It is necessary that everybody follows the rules which imply that every one journey should be for an important goal. Only a few individuals ought to journey abroad, and just for one genuinely important motive.
“The emergence of worrying variants recognized in Brazil, in addition to South Africa and Denmark in latest months, implies that we have to consider carefully about restrictions on worldwide journey.
'At this early stage within the vaccine deployment, and with excessive case charges throughout the UK, it will be important that we take the suitable steps to stop the importation of latest strains that will improve the illness. transmission or hurt the vaccine in Scotland. We’re in shut dialogue with different jurisdictions on what further measures we are able to put in place, together with the timing of the introduction of pre-departure testing. "