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Countries taken off the red list

Mon 11 Oct 21

International travel red list and vaccine certification

South Africa, Mexico and Thailand are among 47 countries coming off the international travel red list from 11 October

The changes - agreed on a four nation basis – leave a smaller red list consisting of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Venezuela in place to protect public health.

This is the first review of countries since the traffic light system ended on 4 October.

In addition, vaccine certificates from more countries will be recognised to allow quarantine-free travel to Scotland.

Certificates from a further 37 countries will be recognised, as well as those issued under the United Nations vaccination programme.

An ongoing four nations process will expand the policy to additional countries over coming weeks, where approved vaccines are administered and certificates meet the required standards.


Countries are now either classified as red or not – with the previous amber level restrictions the default for non-red territories and destinations.

Pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated travellers from non-red countries have been removed.

Travellers from non-red list countries who have been fully vaccinated in a country that meets recognised standards of certifications will no longer be required to provide evidence of a negative test result before they can travel to Scotland, and do not have to isolate on arrival. 

For practical purposes, Scotland will also align with the UK post-arrival testing regime for eligible vaccinated travellers. Details for the UK are still being finalised and we will continue to engage with the UK Government ahead of confirmation as soon as possible.

Read the COVID-19 international travel and managed isolation (quarantine) guidance on the Scottish Government website.  You can check which countries are on the red list.

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