The UK Government has updated it’s guidelines for arrivals from foreign countries and the associated 14 day self isolation requirement based on the current health situation in these countries.
Being required to self isolate for two weeks following a trip can make or break the decision of undergoing travel and this has created lots of problems for short term holidaymakers like those who went on a quick holiday to Greece and suddenly have to stay at home when then arrived past September 9th.
The entire list can be found here on the Travel Corridors page of the Department for Transport.
You may not have to self-isolate if you are travelling from one of the countries, territories or regions listed below. You will still need to complete the passenger locator form before you enter the UK.
You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country, territory or region that is not on the list in the 14 days before you arrive in England.
The following countries received updates:
- Guadeloupe (will be removed from this list at 4am Saturday 19 September 2020)
- Singapore (will be added to this list at 4am Saturday 19 September 2020 – if you arrive in England from Singapore before 4am 19 September you will need to self-isolate)
- Slovenia (will be removed from this list at 4am Saturday 19 September 2020)
- Sweden (if you arrived in England from Sweden before 4am 12 September 2020 you will need to self-isolate)
- Thailand (will be added to this list at 4am Saturday 19 September 2020 – if you arrive in England from Thailand before 4am 19 September you will need to self-isolate)
Keep in mind that the “list” is a listing of exemptions which means if you’re on the list you will not need to self isolate.
It’s important to note (because we often get this question) that just because you have a stop in a country that doesn’t require isolation it won’t mean you don’t have to go into isolation as mentioned on the website.
I believe that this will help airlines to consider flying more to these exempt countries again as passenger traffic might pick up.
This is big news for those currently in Singapore, Sweden and Thailand as they can finally return to the UK without the self isolation requirement. Especially since the frequently talked about visa amnesty for tourists in Thailand will officially run out on September 26th 2020 and remaining foreigners with expired tourist visas have been urged to return home. Brits can now do so without fearing the isolation requirement.
At the same time those currently in countries that have been removed from the isolation exempt list might want to consider trying to find a way back to the UK today, September 18th before the new requirement kicks in after 4am tomorrow.