'Tougher' border controls introduced to protect public health amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

'Tougher' border controls introduced to protect public health amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has announced 'tougher' border controls for outbound and inbound passengers to reduce travel across international borders and reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. These new measures will also help reduce the risk of a new variant of coronavirus being transmitted from passengers entering the UK. The government will continue to review all the measures and further action will be taken to protect the public, if required.

The measures include:

For those travelling out of the UK:

• declaring reason for travel—passengers must have a valid reason for travel. Those without a valid reason will be directed to return home and may face a fine

• increased police enforcement—police presence will increase at ports and airports. Those in breach of the stay at home regulations and anyone without a valid reason for travel will be directed to return home and may face a fine

• reviewing travel exemptions—the list of travel exemptions will be reviewed so that only the most important and exceptional reasons are listed

For those entering the UK:

• managed isolation in hotels—those arriving from countries where the UK have imposed international travel bans and who cannot be refused entry, will be required to isolate for 10 days without exception

• police checks—police will be carrying out more physical checks at addresses to ensure individuals are self-isolating

Source: Tougher border controls to protect public health

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