The UK kept its border open during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe but has from today implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals (there are some exceptions).
Many European countries have or are in the process of relaxing entry requirements first from arrivals within the block and later from outside (more of this on a later post later today).
You can access UK’s information page for Covid-19 arrivals here.
Here’s the information:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering or returning to the UK
If you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK on or after 8 June, you must:
- provide your journey and contact details
- not leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
You do not need to do these things if you’re travelling to the UK before 8 June. But you should check the latest public health advice on coronavirus before you travel, or if you’ve just arrived in the UK.
Once the rules come into place you may be fined £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details in England (or £60 in Northern Ireland). You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once. You may be also fined £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate in England or Northern Ireland, or you could face further action. You’ll be able to find more information on enforcement measures in Wales and Scotland on this page soon.
Who does not need to provide their details or self-isolate for 14 days
You do not need to complete the form or self-isolate if you’re travelling from one of the following places, and you were there for 14 days or more:
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
There are other reasons why you might not need to complete the form or self-isolate. Read the list of who does not need to complete the form or self-isolate.
This mandatory quarantine requirement is likely to be in place until the beginning of July, although BA is already fighting it at court.
Ir is just weird that the UK is now making entering the country more cumbersome (mandatory unsupervised quarantine) while other countries in Europe have or are opening up.
Not sure if this quarantine is done more due to political rather than scientific reasons?