Do UK arrivals have to quarantine for 14 days after travel and how does it work?


HOME Secretary Priti Patel announced on May 22 that anyone arriving into the UK would need to self-isolate for 14 days.

The rule was introduced on June 8 by the government. But do travellers still have to safe isolate and how does it work? Here is everything we know.

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Visitors from countries that pose a reduced risk of spreading the virus may not need to quarantine for 14 days

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Visitors from countries that pose a reduced risk of spreading the virus may not need to quarantine for 14 daysCredit: Dan Charity – The Sun

Do visitors arriving in the UK have to quarantine for 14 days

It depends on what country you arrive in from.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, is expected to scrap the 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving in from countries that pose a reduced risk.

These countries could include Spain and Italy.

The changes are to be implemented from July 10 meaning that people who travel to the UK from countries who are exempt will not have to self-isolate.

Restrictions are to be reviewed every three weeks after a risk assessment has been conducted by the joint Biosecurity Centre in close consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer.

The assessment will include a range of factors such as the number of new cases and the prevalence of the virus in a country.

The government will release a full list of “sage” countries on July 3.

Temperatures may or may not be checked as travellers enter the UK

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Temperatures may or may not be checked as travellers enter the UKCredit: Reuters

What happens when you arrive at the UK border?

Airport and aircraft operators should encourage passengers to consider the relevant guidance on border requirements, self-isolation and immigration.

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Passengers entering the UK from non-exempt countries will be required to complete a passenger locator form, providing various personal and contact details.

Depending on the airport, you may or may not get your temperature checked.

SAGE advice is that there should be no requirement for temperature screening before passengers fly to, enter, depart from, or fly within the UK.

Passengers will be asked to follow social distancing guidelines and keep a distance from others at baggage reclaim.

Arriving passengers will be asked to leave the baggage reclaim area as soon as possible after collecting their baggage to minimise the possibility of transmission.

Can I leave the house for any reason while in quarantine?

If a traveller has to self-quarantine they will not be allowed to leave their home for any reason.

A person may only leave the house if they have run out of supplies and nobody is able them food or other necessities.

This is to stop the spread of the virus and a potential second outbreak.

Is there a fine if I breach quarantine rules?

Yes, there will be a fixed penalty notice of £100 for failure to complete the relevant forms and £1,000 for breaking the 14-day self-isolation rule.

Magistrates will also have the power to issue unlimited fines and the power to prosecute for persistent breaches of the self-isolation rule or for the refusal to pay a fine that has already been issued.

What are the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

In Scotland residents and visitors will have to self-isolate for 14-days or they will be issued with a £480 fine.

Some people do not have to self-isolate when coming into the country, including people arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.

People doing some jobs, like road haulage and medical and care professionals will also be exempt.

Wales and Northern Ireland share the same self-isolation rules.

If you are travelling within the Common Travel Area you will not need to self-isolate.

Countries in the Common Travel Area are England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

However, if you arrive in Northern Ireland or Wales and have been outside the CTA within the last 14 days, then you will need to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14-day period.

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