Immigration Update: Home Secretary announces 14 day quarantine for international passengers arriving in the UK

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, today announced that a 14 day quarantine regime for international passengers arriving in the UK will come into force on 8 June 2020. What will international passengers need to do? Under the new regime all those travelling to the UK will be required to

  • Complete an online locator form providing their contact details, travel itinerary, and accommodation details
  • Face spot checks at the UK border on arrival to ensure that they have completed the form and provide the required details if they have not done so
  • Self-isolate at a specified address for 14 days after arrival
  • Face additional spot visits by police at their specified address to ensure that they are complying with their self-isolation

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

A new penalty regime will be put in place. This will include GBP100 fixed penalty notices for those who fail to comply with a request to complete the required form and provide the required details, to a GBP1000 fine for those who fail to self- isolate. Further criminal prosecution including unlimited fines may also be imposed for those who continue to fail to comply.

Are there any exemptions from the 14 day quarantine? A full list of exempted passengers will be published. At present, this involves in the following activities will be exempted

  • Those involved in ensuring the security of supply of key goods to the UK, including road hauliers , lorry drivers etc
  • Those who are involved in supporting and maintain critical infrastructure
  • Medical professionals who are assisting with the UK's response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Foreign officials working with their UK counterparts on UK border security
  • Seasonal agricultural workers who self-isolate at the place where they work
  • Those travelling within the Common Travel Area arriving from The Republic of Ireland, , the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Will the new regime be reviewed?

The Home Secretary stated that the new provisions would be reviewed every three weeks.

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