June 26th, 2020
Currently, people arriving in the UK from outside the Common Travel Area (the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Any person arriving into the UK must fill out an online locator contact form – providing details of where they will spend their 14 days in self-isolation.
The Home Office said the proposed accommodation will need to meet necessary requirements, such as a hotel or a private address with friends or family.
There will be a fine of £100 for failure to complete the form, and the Border Force will have the power to refuse entry to non-UK citizens who do not comply with the new regulations.A breach of self-isolation would be punishable by a £1,000 fixed penalty notice, or prosecution and an unlimited fine for persistent offenders.
Lorry drivers, seasonal farm workers, and coronavirus medics will be exempt.
At present, there is no obligation for incoming travelers to the UK to take antibody tests or to prove through any official medical test that they are COVID-19 negative. The policy simply requires that any person who has Coronavirus symptoms must continue to isolate beyond the 14-day period until they are treated or no longer show symptoms.