View from the Chamber – Thursday September 30

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Scottish businesses welcome easing of international travel restrictions

It’s good news for Scottish businesses that fully vaccinated people travelling to Scotland from overseas will no longer have to take pre-departure Covid tests.

Testing for inbound international travel is to be eased and will align on a four-nation basis. For practical purposes, Scotland will also align with the UK post-arrival testing regime.

Last week, the Scottish Government announced how restrictions put in place to protect public health have been substantially revised to make travel simpler, with green and amber classifications merged, while the red list is retained for those countries deemed to have high Covid 19 case rates or variants of concern.

Commenting on the confirmation that the Scottish Government is to ease testing for inbound international travel and will align with the UK, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said: ‘This will come as a huge relief for Scotland’s aviation sector and the wider Scottish economy. For weeks, businesses have been in negotiations with the Scottish Government, highlighting the importance of maintaining a four nations approach to ensure the sector remains competitive and well placed to recover sustainably.

‘This sends a clear signal to the world that Scotland is open for business. This decision was always more than just about international travel and tourism. It’s about securing business investment, international trade and exports and supporting the many thousands of jobs that are supported by Scotland’s connectivity with the world.’

With Scottish businesses being encouraged to think globally to explore international markets, this is welcome news for our economy.

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