United Kingdom clarifies 14-day quarantine rules

United Kingdom clarifies 14-day quarantine rules

Global travellers could face fines of £1,000 if they break the UK's planned new coronavirus rules to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the country.

Under the rules, announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, all worldwide arrivals - including British citizens - will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying to the authorities.

Any other passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train would need to provide UK Border Force officials with an address where they will self-isolate, otherwise accommodation will be arranged by the government.

All worldwide arrivals, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate and provide details of where they will be staying under the plans, which were criticised by airlines, business groups and politicians alike.

The government said there would be some exemptions, including road haulage and freight workers, medical professionals travelling to help with the fight against the coronavirus and those coming from Ireland.

Lewis continued that the quarantine period would be reviewed every three weeks - much like all of the government's legislation to find coronavirus.

Britain did not close its borders during the worst of the country's coronavirus outbreak, which has been linked to more than 36,000 deaths in the U.K. It is introducing its quarantine just as many other European countries are starting to open up again.

One travel agent said he is likely to shut shop for good.

He said: "As more details emerge on government plans to quarantine people flying into the United Kingdom, it adds even more pressure to the already struggling airline and holiday industry".

Since the start of lockdown, air travel has been off the table unless it's essential travel.

EasyJet has said it will offer limited domestic flights, and one global flight to Nice, France, from the middle of June.

Spot checks - The Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and is not resident in the UK. They may also leave it in "an emergency", a spokeswoman added.

Labour's shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said the party supported the new measures "but is clear they are no substitute for a long-term, well thought through approach". The Home Office said this will be at a hotel. People from Common Travel area countries including Ireland are exempt.

A full list of exemptions to the new requirements will be published in due course, the Home Office said.

"Our data revealed that a third of British holiday makers have existing trips booked overseas in 2020, so now is the time to look at their operators' cancellation and date change policies".

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