Visitors and residents entering the UK beginning today (June 8) will need to quarantine for 14 days, according to new rules to stem the spread of coronavirus.
All passengers – bar a handful of exemptions – will have to fill out a form with their contact and travel details, as well as the address of where they will isolate.
However, there are a number of caveats to the new rules.
Here’s everything you need to know:
What do the new rules say?
Before departing for the UK, travellers are expected to provide their journey, contact details and the address where they will self-isolate via something called a Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
You will be able to complete the form 48 hours before arriving and must present these details on your arrival.
Then, after arriving, travellers will not be allowed to leave the place they are staying for the first 14 days they are in the UK.
This is because it can take up to 14 days for symptoms of the virus to appear.
What happens if you break the rules?
In Wales, anyone who refuses to provide the required information or fails to self-isolate in accordance with the regulations will be liable for criminal conviction.
Any breaches of the self-isolation requirement in England or Wales can see travellers faced with a fixed penalty of £1,000.
But the penalty for failing to provide information differs in the two countries.
In Wales, the fixed penalty for failing to provide information is £60, rising on each subsequent failure to provide information up to a maximum of £1,920.
In England, the fine is heftier. If you do not provide an accurate contact detail declaration – or do not update your contact detail form in the limited circumstances where you need to move to another place to self-isolate – you can be fined up to £3,200.
Who is exempt?
Most people who are arriving in the UK will have to self isolate, but there are exemptions for those travelling from a few locations. Known as Common Travel Areas, these include:
- the Republic of Ireland
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
A small proportion of people travelling to the UK to maintain essential supply chains, critical national infrastructure or to contribute to crisis response or other essential government work will also not need to self-isolate or complete contact detail declarations.
You can find the full list of exemptions here.
How long will the quarantine rule be in effect?
There is no set date for when the quarantine requirement will end in the UK.
-- to www.walesonline.co.uk