UK effects travel quarantine rules, makes exemptions

by Muizat Hameed

The United Kingdom has put into effect the new rules requiring all people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days.

While disclosing this in UK, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the laws were designed “to prevent a second wave” of coronavirus.

According to him, the rules mandated those arriving by plane, ferry or train – including UK nationals – to provide an address where they will self-isolate or face fines of up to £1,000 if they ignore the rules.

The rules also stated that the travellers should drive their own car to their destination, where possible, and once at their destination they must not use public transport or taxis.

It also enforced them not go to work, school, or public areas, or have visitors – except for essential support.

The travel industry has been vocal in its criticism of the government’s quarantine rules, warning that the isolation period will deter visitors and put jobs at risk.

There are however exemptions for travelers arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel or the Isle of Man.

The exemptions also included workers in some industries such as road haulage and medical professionals who are providing essential care.

All other travellers have to fill in a “public health passenger locator” form on arrival. Failure to do so could lead to a penalty of £100, or travellers may be refused entry.

Travellers unable to provide an address, would use an already made available accommodation by the government, but at the traveller’s expense.

Frequent checks will be done to ensure rules are strictly followed.

The aviation industry and some Tory MPs have criticized the government’s measures, however Ms Patel said the measures were “proportionate” and being implemented “at the right time”.

“The science is clear that if we limit the risk of new cases being brought in from abroad, we can help stop a devastating second wave,” Ms Patel said.

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