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Changes to #Covid Restrictions for International Travel

From today, Friday, 7th of January, people travelling to Scotland from abroad who are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18 will no longer need to take pre-departure Covid tests.

They will not be required to self-isolate on arrival until they’ve received a negative result.

LFDs with photo confirmation will be accepted as post-arrival tests. People will be able to buy an eligible test from the list on gov.uk from Friday 7 January.  Anyone who tests positive will need to isolate and take a free follow-up PCR test for genomic sequencing.

It will still be required to take a test on or before day 2 after arriving in the UK – which can be a lateral flow device rather than a PCR test from Sunday, 9th of January 2022.

The easing of the travel restrictions applies throughout the UK. Travel abroad: step by step

Omicron

On 30th of November 2021 the World Health Organisation (WHO) designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern (VOC), named Omicron, on the basis of advice from WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (hereafter referred to as TAG-VE) on 26 November 2021.

 The Omicron variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant as compared to other VOCs.

Globally, as of 4:53pm CET, 5 January 2022, there have been 293,750,692 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,454,131 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 5 January 2022, a total of 9,118,223,397 vaccine doses have been administered.

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