No follow-up checks on travellers returning to Scotland from abroad have been carried out due to officials lacking the correct clearance, the Health Secretary has said.
Jeane Freeman said Public Health Scotland officials had been unable to access the Home Office system to check on people who had flown into airports north of the border, but the issue was now being resolved.
Those returning from abroad are currently required to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
The Sunday Post reported that no follow-up checks were carried out north of the border, despite Public Health England calling a random sample of arrivals to ensure they were sticking to the rules.
The Health Secretary said these calls would begin in Scotland in the coming days.
Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland show, she said: “We had to have our Public Health Scotland officials security cleared in order to access the Home Office systems.
“That’s the system you need to access to get passenger data – in order to protect people’s data.
“That has been resolved and those follow-up calls will begin this week.”
She said Public Health England was already a part of the Home Office system while the equivalent agency in Scotland was not.
Separately, the Scottish Government is due to announce its decision on “air bridges” with other countries in the coming days.
This would allow holidaymakers returning from certain countries to avoid the 14-day quarantine period.
The Scottish and UK governments have been at odds over the issue, with the First Minister accusing officials of “shambolic” decision-making.