People traveling to Scotland from Spain will no longer have to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.
The change, which came later this week, was sanctioned after a review of infection rates in mainland Spain and the Spanish islands.
This decision allows the Scots to go on holiday to Spain and the Spaniards to go to Scotland.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said other countries could still be added to the list of “airlift” destinations.
But he warned that Covid-19 was “still active and still deadly” and added that further changes would only be made if he was “safe to do so”.
- Where can I take a vacation abroad this summer?
People traveling to the UK from overseas must self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face a fine.
However, a list of countries across Europe and the world have been exempted from it, creating “air bridges” to allow people to travel more freely.
The Scottish government – which controls public health measures north of the border – initially did not include Spain on its list of countries exempt from self-isolation requirements, citing concerns about the prevalence of coronavirus in this country.
The move saw airlines cancel flights between Scotland and Spain and raised concerns in the travel, tourism and air transport sectors.
However, a “thorough review” has now been carried out and means Spain and its islands will be added to the list later in the week.
Mr. Yousaf said: “Following this latest review and after carefully considering the potential public health impact of changing the national quarantine exemptions, we are able to lift this requirement for those traveling from Canada ‘Spain.
“We are constantly keeping other countries under review and when it is clearly proven to be safe, we will add more countries.
“It is clear that the virus has not disappeared. He’s still active and he’s still deadly. With the quarantine restrictions lifted from these countries, that means we have to be even more careful about what we do.
“Anyone traveling must follow public health advice at all times, including wearing face covers, avoiding crowded places, washing hands and surfaces, staying two meters from each other and isolating themselves in symptoms and register immediately for a test. ”
The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association welcomed the move, saying “it means that the Scots can still enjoy the summer holidays after a long period of confinement” and shows that “Scotland is once again open for business”.
The Unite union had warned that 1,500 workers risked being made redundant by airlines and companies operating at Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow airports, saying the sector was under “immense pressure”.
Where can I go without quarantining on my return?
Travelers are exempt from quarantine rules when arriving in Scotland from:
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bonaire, Saint Eustache 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, Macao, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Caledonia, New Caledonia Zealand, Norway, Poland, Reunion, San Marino, Seychelles, South Korea, Spain, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Kitts-et-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Vatican City, Vietnam.