More detail on UK quarantine scheme

Date : 04 June 2020

The UK government has released further details of the planned quarantine scheme for international travellers, which will come into force from 08 June.

These rules will apply to all international travellers arriving in the UK, except where specified exemptions apply (exemptions include drivers of goods vehicles and seasonal agricultural workers).

Travelers must complete a form, giving details of where they intend to self-isolate and then remain at that address for 14 days after arrival. This rule will be enforced via random spot-checks by Public Health England (PHE).

In England, those in breach will be liable to a fixed penalty notice of £1,000 or, if prosecuted, with an unlimited fine. Failure to comply with border checks or to complete the form will also be offences. Different, but similar laws will apply in other UK countries.

Travelers from within the Common Travel Area (CTA) – the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Ireland - will not be affected by quarantine, unless they have arrived in the CTA from the outside within the last 14 days.

Quarantine rules will be reviewed for the first time on 29 June.

Development of safe “air-bridge” arrangements is ongoing.