UK issues new travel rules to prevent second wave of coronavirus infections

• Travellers will be required to provide their journey and contact details and self-quarantine for 14 days.

•They’ll fill in an online form to provide their details before they travel.


Passengers wearing protective face masks are seen at Heathrow Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in London, Britain, May 22, 2020/REUTERS


The UK has effected new travel rules for residents and visitors that take effect from June 8 to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Travellers will be required to provide their journey and contact details and self-quarantine for 14 days.

The travellers will fill in an online form to provide their details before they travel.

Once the rules come into place, travellers may be fined £100 if they refuse to provide their contact details, £1,000 if they refuse to self-isolate in England and Wales, or face further action

If one refuses to fill in the form, they will be fined and denied entry into the UK (unless you’re either British or a UK resident).

“The government will use this information to contact you if you or someone you’ve travelled with develops coronavirus symptoms, and to check that you’re self-isolating for the first 14 days after you arrive in the UK,” the UK government says.

“If you develop coronavirus symptoms when you’re travelling to the UK, tell the crew or driver on your plane, ferry, train or bus. They’ll let staff in the airport, port or station know, so they can tell you what you should do next when you arrive.”

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN THE UK

Once you arrive in the UK, you should go straight to the place where you will self-isolate.

Your friends or family can collect you from the airport, port or station. Only use public transport if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, wear a facemask and stay two meters apart from other people.

You must not leave the place you’re staying for 14 days.

You can only leave if:

  • you need urgent medical treatment
  • you need support from social services
  • you need food and medicine and cannot get them delivered or get a friend or family member to bring them
  • you’re going to the funeral of a close relative, or for other compassionate reasons
  • there’s an emergency, for example there’s a fire at the place you’re staying

You cannot have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing essential care.

If you’re at home or staying with friends or family, avoid contact with the people you’re staying with and minimise the time you spend in shared areas.

If you’re staying in a hotel or guesthouse, you cannot use shared areas such as bars, restaurants, health clubs and sports facilities. Stay 2 metres away from all other guests and staff.

If you will not be able to safely self-isolate at the place you’re planning to stay, tell Border Force officers when you arrive in the UK. They’ll give you a choice of accommodation to stay at.

After 14 days

If you do not have any coronavirus symptoms after 14 days, you can stop self-isolating. You will then need to follow the same rules as people who live in the UK.

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