THE Scottish Government says it’s “disappointing” that the UK’s decision to announce relaxed overseas travel rules is to come before a four-nations agreement could be made.

People arriving in England from countries like France, Spain, Germany and Italy will not need to quarantine from July 10, the Department for Transport confirmed.

A full list of countries which the UK Government says pose a “reduced risk” of Covid-19 will be published later today, and could feature as many as 60 nations. However, it is not guaranteed that travellers from the UK would not have to self-isolate on arrival into some of the other states.

The blanket guide against all but essential travel will also be changed tomorrow.

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The quarantine rule, which sees most of those entering the UK made to self-isolate for two weeks, has only been in place since the beginning of June.

The UK Government has planned a traffic light system, which classifies countries as green, amber or red depending on the prevalence of the coronavirus there.

The Department for Transport says the devolved governments will set out their own approach to changing overseas travel guidance and added that passengers returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland “should ensure they follow the laws and guidance which applies there”.

The Welsh government has said it is yet to decide whether it will follow England’s lead and relax rules, while in Northern Ireland quarantine rules remain in place for travels from outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

And the Scottish Government says ministers are considering the public health impact of the changes, and will make decisions “based on scientific advice to protect communities in Scotland”.

A spokesman said: "The UK Government's latest plans for air bridges, released overnight, include countries which present differing levels of risk.

"Scottish ministers are actively considering the public health impact of these proposals, as well as the data and evidence underpinning them. Once they have done that they will announce any changes in relation to Scotland.

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"The public health measures relating to international travel are an important part of the wider response to this pandemic - to protect people and ensure that we limit the introduction of new chains of transmission of the virus when our own infection rates are falling.

"We will take decisions based on scientific advice to protect communities in Scotland. Of course the prospect of cases coming in from elsewhere poses a risk, not just to health but also to our economy.

"It is important to stress that, at any point, changing prevalence of the virus could lead to quarantine requirements on travel from different countries being put in place.

"It is disappointing that the UK Government have chosen to make an announcement on the countries they intend to exempt before a four-nations agreement has been reached.

"We would still like to reach a four-nations approach if possible but that is difficult when the UK Government change proposals and give us last-minute sight of them."