People travelling to Scotland will not need a negative test, or be asked to self-isolate, from tomorrow after the Scottish Government changed the rules, in line with England.

It means, as long as people coming into the country from abroad are fully vaccinated they don’t need a pre-departure test.

Boris Johnson relaxed the rules for England earlier this week and the Scottish Government said it would look at whether it would do the same.

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People will still need to take a lateral flow test by day two of arriving in Scotland and isolate, and get a PCR test, if it is positive.

The same rules are now in place across the UK as the other devolved governments in Wales and Northern Ireland moved as well.

Michael Matheson, Scottish Transport secretary, said: “Given the rapid spread of Omicron last year it was essential that we took immediate steps to protect public health in Scotland, particularly with regards to international travel.

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“We still have significant concerns over Omicron, but we recognise that, now it is the most dominant strain in Scotland and across the UK, it is sensible to review the measures currently in place.

“We also fully understand the impact of the restrictions on staff and businesses in the travel and aviation sectors and these changes demonstrate our commitment not to keep measures in place any longer than necessary.”

He added people still need to be careful and should remember that requirements at home and abroad can change at short notice and he advised people to check travel insurance conditions.