THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
As part of the UK Government's plans to re-open elements of the country during the Coronavirus epidemic, it has announced plans for international travelers arriving in the country to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.
In the Government's recently published plans, it argues that as "the level of infection in the UK reduces, and the Government prepares for social contact to increase, it will be important to manage the risk of transmissions being reintroduced from abroad." The plans go on to say that: "First, alongside increased information about the UK's social distancing regime at the border, the Government will require all international arrivals to supply their contact and accomodation information. They will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app ... Second, the Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accomodation for fourteen days on arrival in the UK. Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accomodation arranged by the Government."
The plans do include some exemptions, for example "to provide for continued security of supply into the UK and so as not to impede work supporting national security or critical infrastructure and to meet the UK's international obligations." The plans will also not apply to those traveling within the "Common Travel Area", incorporating the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the UK. There has been speculation on other exemptions, and industry organizations have also been requesting further exemptions, so this policy could change.
The Government has explained that the measures "will be introduced as soon as possible. Further details, and guidance, will be set out shortly, and the measures and list of exemptions will be kept under regular review."
If you're planning to travel out of the UK, or to the UK, over the coming weeks, be prepared and keep up to date with the 14 day self isolation plans as it could affect your arrangements.