The rules covering new measures to be imposed at the UK border from next week to protect against coronavirus have been revealed by the Home Secretary and Transport Secretary.
The self-isolation measures being introduced from Monday 8 June are designed to prevent new cases being brought in from abroad and to prevent a second wave of the virus.
Key measures being introduced include:
The rules do not apply those travelling from within the Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, the Ciommon Travel Area (CTA), unless they have arrived in the CTA from overseas within the last 14 days, in which case they will have to provide locator details and self-isolate on arrival here. This provision is designed to ensure that those who could have come into contact with the virus overseas cannot bypass the self-isolation measures.
Those who have arrived in the CTA longer than 14 days ago will not have to provide locator details or self-isolate if they travel to the UK.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Protecting the public’s health and avoiding a second peak that overwhelms the NHS will always be our top priority. As we get the virus under control here, we must manage the risk of cases being imported from abroad. We owe it to the thousands who’ve lost their lives not to throw away our progress.
“These measures are informed by science, backed by the public and will keep us all safe.”
The new measures will be in place across the United Kingdom from 8 June, although enforcement measures will be set individually by the devolved administrations. The measures will be subject to review, to ensure they are in line with the latest scientific evidence and remain effective and necessary. The first review will take place by 29 June.
Patel said the Government will take a number of factors into account within the reviews to satisfy that, in line with scientific advice, the risk of imported cases is suitably low.
The factors will include:
The Government will also continue to take account of the impact on the economy and industry.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “To get the country and our economy back up and running, we must do everything to avoid a second wave of the virus, because if we get this wrong we will all suffer, and that’s why introducing these measures now is so important.
“These measures will be reviewed every few weeks, and we are working with the transport industry to see how we can introduce agreements with other countries when safe to do so, so we can go abroad and tourists can come here.”
The Government will also continue to look at options to increase travel when it is deemed safe to do so. These include arrangements, known as “air bridges” or international travel corridors, would remove self-isolation measures and safely open up routes to and from countries with low transmission rates.
Agreement would need to be made with individual countries before these measures take effect and the UK would seek assurances that any safe corridors met the needs of both countries.
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