The Scottish Government have this evening announced a ban on travel from South America amid fears of a new variant of coronavirus identified in Brazil.
Visitors from South America and Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira, will be prevented from flying to Scotland.
UK nationals returning to the country from these areas will still be allowed to travel, however they will have to isolate for 10 days on return, with no exceptions.
The move replicates those taken at the end of last year in response to variant covid-19 strains identified in both Denmark and South Africa.
Qatar and the Caribbean islands of Aruba and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba have also been removed from Scotland’s country exemption list.
The new rules come into force at 4am tomorrow (Friday).
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