Coronavirus: Portugal to be added to Scottish quarantine list

Passengers arriving in Scotland from Portugal after 04:00 on Saturday will have to self-isolate for 14 days, the Scottish government has confirmed.

French Polynesia has also been added to Scotland's quarantine list.

And travellers from Gibraltar have been warned that the territory was "high up our watch list" by Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf.

Earlier this week Scotland announced similar quarantine restrictions for travellers from Greece.

Ministers said they considered targeting regions of Portugal with the quarantine rule but ultimately decided a "whole country approach" was necessary.

Mr Yousaf said people should "think very hard" before embarking on non-essential travel during the pandemic.

"With Scotland's relatively low infection rate, importation of new cases is a significant risk to public health," he added.

"I would also encourage people who have returned to Scotland from Portugal or French Polynesia in the last few days to be particularly careful in their social contacts and to ensure they stick to the FACTS.

"I am also concerned by the level of infections in Gibraltar and we will be monitoring the situation there very carefully."

He said they were in regular discussions with the other three governments in the UK.

"We continue to closely monitor the situation in all parts of the world and base the decisions we make on the scientific evidence available," he said.

"The requirement for travellers to quarantine for 14 days on arrival from a non-exempt country is vital to help prevent transmission of the virus and to suppress it – not doing so poses a significant risk to wider public health across Scotland."

'A complete shambles'

When Derek Burt's mother was diagnosed with MND six weeks ago, she asked for "one more trip" – a holiday with her family.

With trips to Florida and Croatia already cancelled, when quarantine restrictions were lifted two weeks ago they settled on Portugal.

Although the virus rates seemed on the high-side, he "assumed the government knew what they were doing" and would not return the country to the quarantine list.

"How stupid was I to show any faith in our countries' decision-makers?" he said.

They have had an amazing week, and his mother was able to fulfil her wish to watch her grandchildren playing in the pool of their villa.

But now the family from Dunfermline in Fife is racing to get home to beat the new restrictions that come into force at 04:00 on Saturday.

Mr Burt said he is "incredibly frustrated" by the decision of the Scottish and Welsh governments, describing it as a "complete shambles".

The decision follows the Welsh government's announcement that travellers to Wales from six Greek islands and mainland Portugal would have to isolate from 04:00 on Friday.

However, arrivals to England and Northern Ireland will not be subject to the same restrictions.

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