Last reviewed 3 June 2020
Reader note — December 2020. This article refers to self-isolation periods of 14 days which was correct at the time it was written. Please note that self-isolation periods have undergone adjustment and may no longer be 14 days.
All people coming into the UK, bar a short list of exemptions, will be required to complete an online locator form to supply contact details, travel details and the address of where they will self-isolate for 14 days with effect from 8 June 2020.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has told Parliament that passengers could be contacted regularly and at random throughout this quarantine period to ensure compliance, with a breach of self-isolation being punishable by a £1000 fixed penalty notice (FPN) in England or potential prosecution and an unlimited fine.
The level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases, she warned. Failure to complete the required form will also be punishable by a £100 FPN.
The new rules do not apply to those travelling from within the common travel area (CTA) in Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, unless they have arrived in the CTA from overseas within the last 14 days.
Ms Patel said: “These measures are informed by science, backed by the public and will keep us all safe.”
They will be subject to review, to ensure they are in line with the latest scientific evidence and remain effective and necessary. The first review will take place by 29 June.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the Government was working with the transport industry to see how it can introduce agreements with other countries when safe to do so, in order to encourage tourism and travel.
These include arrangements, known as “air bridges” or international travel corridors, which would remove self-isolation measures and safely open up routes to and from countries with low transmission rates.
The British Ports Association (BPA) has already warned that the new quarantine measures will stifle the recovery of international maritime passenger travel and called for “transit corridors” recognising that ferry travel to neighbouring countries could be much safer than other transport options.
The list of people exempt from the new requirements can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules.
road haulage and road passenger transport workers
a registered health or care professional travelling to the UK to provide essential healthcare
qualified persons and responsible persons for human medicines, clinical trials and pharmacovigilance
workers engaged in certain essential or emergency works.