Restrictions to be introduced at UK borders in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Restrictions to be introduced at UK borders in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has released its strategy for the country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Included in this plan are new measures for international travel, which are designed to minimise the risk of transmission from abroad. In addition to increased information on the social distancing regime at all UK borders, anyone entering the country will be required to provide their accommodation and contact information, and to self-isolate for 14 days. Arrivals who are unable to provide an address at which they will self-isolate will be provided with government-arranged accommodation. The use of the NHS contact tracing app will also be strongly encouraged. The measures will not come into force on 13 May 2020, but will be implemented ‘as soon as possible’, with new guidance and further detail to be issued by the government ‘shortly’. Journeys taking place within the Common Travel Area are exempt from these measures.

A full list of all those exempt from the 14-day self-isolation period is expected to be published, and, alongside the new measures, kept under regular review. Further small exemptions will be made to ensure supplies can be brought into the UK and international obligations are fulfilled.

The strategy document is available in full here.

Further to the strategy document, the Home Affairs Committee has sent a letter to the Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor John Aston, asking for clarification and scientific evidence for the measures taken regarding international arrivals.

Source: Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

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