United Kingdom to impose 14-day quarantine for global arrivals

United Kingdom to impose 14-day quarantine for global arrivals

But she singled out the planned test, track and trace strategy as key to lifting quarantine.

From June 8, folks arriving in the United Kingdom will have to self-isolate for 14 days, the government said Friday.

Failure to complete the contact locator form will be punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice.

Fines of £1,000 (1,100 euros) would be handed out to those breaking the restrictions.

Where accommodation at hotels or with friends and family is deemed unsuitable, travellers will have to self-isolate at "facilities arranged by the government", the Home Office said.

The regulations, introduced as part of the health protection act, will be laid before Parliament with a 28-day window MPs can object to force a vote on the proposals.

Exemptions for road hauliers and medical officials will apply, while the common travel area with Ireland will be unaffected.

All worldwide arrivals, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying under the plans, which were criticised by airlines, business groups and politicians alike.

Arriving passengers will have to provide contact details and will be checked on regularly during the two weeks, the government said. But they should avoid contact with anyone they are staying with and minimise time spent in shared areas and use separate bathrooms if possible. The British authorities would be carrying out spot-checks and those refusing to comply with the measures would be refused entry to the UK.

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Speaking at Friday's coronavirus briefing, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that the quarantine will not apply to medics tackling Covid-19, seasonal agricultural workers and people travelling from Ireland.

The amount of fine could be increased at a later date.

Under the plans, health officials would be able to carry out spot checks to check whether people were complying, the BBC reported.

How do I get from the airport to my accommodation? People need to recognise that.

What happens if I don't self-isolate?

Those who flout the new rules will face a fine of $2000.

The big question being asked about quarantine is: why now? If their suspicions are raised, police will be sent to your address to investigate.

That is bad news for those hoping for a foreign summer holiday.

The new rules will apply to all worldwide arrivals except Ireland from June 8 and come after weeks of calls for tougher restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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

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