How will new quarantine measures affect travellers to UK?

SAGE member pours cold water on government plans to quarantine people coming to UK

Worldwide travellers could face fines of £1,000 if they break the UK's planned new coronavirus rules to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the country.

Ms Patel said she was imposing quarantine plans for new arrivals at the time "it will be the most effective". The Devolved Administrations will set out their own enforcement approaches.

Much of the population, especially the members of the education workers union and the parents of students, are opposed to reopening schools, fearing that a second peak of the epidemic will occur.

Britain did not close its borders during the worst of the country's coronavirus outbreak, which has been linked to more than 36,000 deaths in the U.K. It is introducing its quarantine just as many other European countries are starting to open up again.

These new rules will be reviewed by the government every three weeks going forward and adjusted in line with how the situation is progressing in the country.

If this does not meet the necessary requirements - such as hotels, or with friends or family - they will be required to self-isolate in facilities arranged by the government.

The move will anger some sectors, with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary earlier this week branding the plan "idiotic" and "unimplementable", while trade body Airlines UK has previously said a quarantine "would effectively kill" global travel to and from Britain.

A "Contact locator form" - All arriving passengers will be required to fill in an online form to provide information on their travel plans, contact details and the address where they will stay. "We are not closing our borders", she said.


There will be certain exemptions - trucks drivers and medical professionals will not have to self-quarantine on arrival into the United Kingdom, and nor will those arriving from the Common Travel Area (Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands).

The quarantine plan has sparked confusion and criticism from airlines, airports and lockdown-weary Britons wondering whether they will get to take a vacation overseas this summer.

Border Force will be able to refuse entry to visitors, and the Home Office added that deportations could be used as a last resort.

Those exempt from the 14-day self-isolation include road haulage and freight workers, medical workers and foreign officials, said Lincoln.

France says it may quarantine people arriving from an area "where the virus is circulating", but it has not published a list of targeted areas.

Transport minister Grant Shapps has also suggested the government would seek to negotiate "air bridges" for travelers coming from countries with low virus infection rates.

The arrangements are due to come into effect on 8 June.

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