Self-isolation for all returning travelers from six African countries

The decision was made to protect public health in Scotland in light of the emerging alternative.

All travelers returning to Scotland from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana will be required to self-isolate and take two PCR tests from 12:00 on Friday (November 26), regardless of their vaccination status.

Managed accommodations will be placed in quarantine to meet the needs of any arrivals from these countries. This will apply to all arrivals from 04:00 on Saturday (27 November).

The decision follows concerns about B.1.1.529 variant cases emerging in South Africa, given concerns about the large number of mutations and the efficacy of vaccines against it.

Anyone who has arrived in Scotland from any of the six countries in the previous 10 days will need to enter a managed quarantine hotel upon arrival in Scotland and will need a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) regardless of their vaccination status.

Net Zero, Energy and Transportation Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson said:

“International travel restrictions are essential to further protect public health. While many restrictions have been greatly eased – thanks in large part to the successful rollout of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 vaccine – we have always said that it may be necessary to quickly impose new measures to protect public health in Scotland.”

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More information about International travel and quarantine

There are no direct flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe or Botswana to Scotland.

Changes to travel restrictions for arrivals from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe or Botswana will take effect from 12pm on Friday, November 26.

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