How will the 14-day UK travel quarantine work?
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The Government has announced details of its travel quarantine arrangements this afternoon.
As had been trailed, virtually all arrivals into the UK will need to enter into quarantine for 14 days on arrival. For non-UK citizens / residents, Border Force will be allowed to refuse entry if they believe that the visitor will not abide by these arrangements.
The exact details will not be known until full written Government guidance is published. This is what was announced:
When does the new quarantine system begin?
Who is covered by the quarantine ruling?
Everyone entering the United Kingdom from anywhere except Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland, except for freight drivers, doctors and scientists entering for coronavirus-related work and fruit pickers.
How does it work?
Arrivals will need to have filled in an ‘online contact locator’ form before arriving in the country. It will not be a Government requirement to have completed the form but airlines may at their discretion refuse to carry passengers who have not done so. This will be used for quarantine enforcement and for contacting travellers if any fellow passengers on their flight, boat or train falls ill.
Arrivals must leave the port or airport by car, wherever possible, and head to a location where they will quarantine for 14 days. Travellers should not receive visitors and should not leave their quarantine to buy food or other supplies if possible.
Hotel accommodation will be provided for arrivals who do not have accommodation arranged.
Other people who are staying in the same house as someone who is quarantining do not have to enter quarantine.
What is the fine for breaking quarantine?
The police will not be directly involved in enforcing quarantine.
Public health officials and ‘private contractors’ will be responsible for visiting arriving travellers. (It is unclear how this will work as I doubt either of these groups has the legal right to enter your property.) In theory, these contractors will supply the police with details of those who were not at their stated address so that the police can issue a fixed penalty of £1,000. Other parts of the UK can set their own arrangements.
When will these measure be reviewed?
The measures will be reviewed every three weeks.
The official guidance should be available on this page of the Government website very soon.