The decision to allow Scots to enjoy quarantine-free trips to Spain was not made as a result of pressure from the travel industry, Nicola Sturgeon has insisted.
Regulations to allow for this will be laid this week, she said, and will come into force after that.
People travelling to Spain from Scotland had faced two weeks in self-isolation on their return until the Scottish Government reversed an earlier decision on air bridges.
Ms Sturgeon said the situation could change again if the number of cases becomes too high.
Speaking at her coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, the First Minister said: “We keep this under very, very close review, so if some of the outbreaks we are seeking in Catalonia feed in over the next week or so to higher prevalence rates, then that may lead to us a different decision.”
The original decision to exclude Spain from the list of destinations travellers could visit without having to quarantine caused some disappointment from the travel industry, with the country a popular destination for Scots in search of a sunshine break.
But Ms Sturgeon insisted it was a fall in the prevalence rates for coronavirus that led to the change of heart.
Asked directly if she had bowed to pressure from the travel industry in adding Spain to the list of countries without quarantine requirements, the First Minister said: “No, that’s not the case.”
Decisions on such issues are “never easy”, she said, adding the Scottish Government makes an assessment of countries based on the prevalence data for Covid-19.
Consideration is also given to the effectiveness of outbreak control measures she added.
Ms Sturgeon said: “The latest information is that the prevalence has dropped quite considerably in Spain, that is the basis for the decision we have taken.”
She added: “It is not just outbreaks that we look at, it is the effectiveness of the control measures that appear to be in place.
“But none of these decisions I am afraid to say are cast in stone because we have to be very vigilant about the situation in other parts of the world.”
The First Minister said: “I guess my advice to people in Scotland is still if you are able to take a holiday this summer, stay in Scotland to take that holiday, support the tourist industry.”