From the 8th June mandatory 14-day quarantine rules will come into force. This means that passengers arriving in the UK at airports, ferry ports and rail terminals will be required to self isolate for two weeks. How will the new system work and what are the do’s and don’ts for travellers?
Why are the new quarantine rules being introduced?
The rules are being brought in as being ‘essential to save lives’ and to protect against imported cases of the virus which could potentially lead to a second peak of Covid-19 in the UK.
How will the new quarantine system work?
All passengers (bar a few exceptions) will be treated as if they have the Coronavirus when they arrive in the UK and will need to self isolate for 14 days from their arrival date. All passengers will be required to fill in a public health Passenger Locator form.
What information will be required on the Passenger Locator form?
Passengers will need to enter their trip details and contact information. An address must be specified for the quarantine period that is either their own home or that of a relative of friend or family member. It can also be a hotel, B & B or another ‘suitable place.’
Who does not need to fill in this form and self-isolate for 14 days?
There are some travel exceptions to the new rules for certain professions. You also do not need to self-isolate if you have travelled from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man if you were there for 14 days or more.
What happens if passengers don’t have a suitable place where they can self-isolate?
If passengers do not have somewhere suitable to self-isolate then they should inform Border Control on arrival. Officers will then be able to offer alternate accommodation.
How will the quarantine rules be enforced?
There will be no formal examination at UK borders but there will be spot checks. Non-compliance may result in refusal to allow entry. A Public Health England assurance service will enable people to be contacted at random and officials may visit named residences at any time.
How should passengers travel to their suitable place of self-isolation?
Travellers should make their own arrangements for onward travel to their self-isolation destination and should travel directly to it following their arrival. This journey should preferably not be by public transport.
Under what circumstances are travellers able to leave their place of self-isolation?
Travellers are only permitted to leave the property for the following reasons:
To seek medical assistance if necessary
To attend a family funeral
To purchase essential items but only if no other support is available for this purpose
To access any critical public services
To relocate to another place of self-isolation for a valid reason
To avoid harm or personal injury
Are there any other rules?
Yes, travellers must have no visitors unless providing support. Members of the same household do not need to self-isolate but must minimise time spent together. In hotels and B & Bs there must be no use of any shared areas.
I hope that the above helps to explain the new quarantine rules but if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. More information about what you need to know about travel this summer can be found here and the latest official quarantine guidance is available on the official gov.uk website.