The next review of destinations to be sanctioned for international travel without quarantine is due on July 12 and could see a series of new locations approved by UK ministers.
If Scotland adopted the same list, as it has done before, holidaymakers could fly from Edinburgh Airport to some of Europe’s most popular hotspots.
According to former British Airways chief strategy officer Robert Doyle, stabilizing infection rates in parts of the continent could be grounds for joining Portugal and Spain on the list.
However, other destinations like Lebanon, Taiwan, and Vietnam may also be added due to their low infection rates and the low prevalence of the worrisome variants.
He told the Telegraph: “There doesn’t appear to be anything in the data that the government says it is using that explains why they are languishing on the Amber List at this point.
“I’m sure the answer is political in some way, but there doesn’t even seem to be any obvious political logic as to why two seemingly similar countries are ranked differently. “
Alongside France and Italy, could also be added Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Norway, Denmark, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova and Azerbaijan.
Scotland’s international traffic light system has so far been in line with that of Westminster.
However, countries have the right to set their own rules for the arrival of Scots. It is essential to consult the FCDO travel advice for each destination to ensure that you are not turned back at the airport or denied entry to the vacation spots.
If returning from a Green List country, travelers must take a PCR test 72 hours before departure, they do not have to self-isolate but must take a PCR test on the second day.
These tests do not have to come from the NHS.