Coronavirus: What are the UK travel quarantine rules?
We are now in the midst of the holiday season and families are either going on holiday or coming back. However, there are a few places on the government list that require you to quarantine when you arrive back in the Uk.
First here’s a list of countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel:
France (overseas territories of France are listed separately, where included in the exemption)
The Netherlands (constituent countries and special municipalities located in the Dutch Caribbean are listed separately)
Portugal (only The Azores and Madeira)
Antigua & Barbuda
South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin and St Barthélemy
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and The Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
British Indian Ocean Territory
Wallis and Futuna
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
British Antarctic Territory
Countries or territories removed from the exempt list
The following countries were removed from the travel corridor list 4am, Saturday 8 August 2020:
- The Bahamas
If you arrive in England from Andorra, The Bahamas or Belgium on or after 4am, 8th August you will need to self-isolate.
As you may or may not know, People arriving in the UK from Spain and Luxembourg were recently told they also have to self-isolate. This is because virus levels have spiked quite considerably in certain pockets of each country.
What are the quarantine rules?
Since the start of June, the government ruled that anyone entering the UK were to self-isolate for 14 days to help contain any coronavirus cases from overseas. A month later the published a report outlining a list of “low risk countries”.
If people are returning for high risk countries, then then they are required to fill out a form a self-isolate for 14 days. If they fail to comply and don’t fill this form in, then they a liable of a fine of £100. Those that fail to comply with the quarantine will be fined up to £1000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and £480 in Scotland. There are fines up to £5,000 for persistent offenders.
So, if you’re planning on going away, please make sure you follow the rules to the letter. Otherwise you risk quite a heavy fine.
Apparently, it’s recommended that passengers should drive their own car to their destinations where possible. But, if they fail to provide an address, then the government may arrange accommodation at the travellers expense.
Once you have arrived at your destination, they recommend not using public transport like buses and taxis during the quarantine period.
Passengers should drive their own car to their destination if possible. If they don't provide an address, the government will arrange accommodation at the traveller's expense.
If you are returning back from overseas just remember that you won’t automatically be eligible for statutory sick pay during this period, unless they meet the required conditions.
Which workers are exempt from quarantine?
I bet you didn’t know that there were some workers who are exempt from quarantine?
* Haulers or those working in trucking and also freight workers.
* Those who are healthcare workers or providing essential care services
* Seasonal or agricultural workers, but only if they self-isolate where they working
* UK residents that regularly travel overseas at least once a week for work.
Do other countries have quarantine rules?
Of course, we’ve spoken about people entering and returning to the UK. What about other countries? You may even have to quarantine depending on which country you are visiting.
* New Zealeand isn’t messing around. Their borders are closed to all foreign travellers.
* Australia requires a separate visa and you will be in quarantine for 14 days.
* South Korea requires both testing and isolation for 14 days.
* Iceland require you to either pay for a test or quarantine
* UK travellers have been barred from entering Japan if you were previously here 14 days ago.