UK travel quarantine ‘important to keep away from second coronavirus wave’


The United Kingdom’s quarantine for travellers arriving from overseas is essential to avoiding a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak within the nation, Home Minister Priti Patel and Transport Minister Grant Shapps have argued in a newspaper column.

Under the plans, all worldwide arrivals, together with returning Britons, must self-isolate for 14 days and supply particulars of the place they are going to be staying, ranging from June 8.


Although criticised by airways, enterprise teams and politicians, Patel and Shapps on Tuesday insisted the travel restrictions have been important in a rustic with the world’s second-highest loss of life toll.

“We will all suffer if we get this wrong,” the ministers wrote within the Telegraph newspaper.

On arrival within the UK, passengers might want to present travel particulars and get in touch with info. “There will be spot checks and fines,” Patel and Shapps wrote, including there was a variety of “misinformed speculation about the introduction of public health measures at the border”.

Regular evaluation

The ministers stated that, as of now, COVID-19 assessments or speedy temperature assessments weren’t efficient, as contaminated passengers may not have any signs and assessments may also not work the place a passenger may need solely simply caught the virus.

“Which is why it is right that we ask those who are travelling to our country to follow the measures that our own citizens are undertaking to continue to stop the spread of the virus,” Patel and Shapps stated.

The authorities will evaluation the measures commonly and is working with the transport business on introducing agreements with different international locations when it’s secure to take action, they added.

Breaches of the rules may very well be punished by a 1,000 pound ($1,250) superb or prosecution. Patel has beforehand stated international nationals may very well be deported “as a last resort” in the event that they broke the quarantine, whereas non-resident international nationals who didn’t comply may very well be refused entry on the border.

Daily COVID-19 News Conference in London

The UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel is predicted to stipulate the quarantine measures in Parliament on Wednesday [File: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via Reuters]

Ireland is reportedly the one nation with an exemption. Truck drivers, law enforcement officials, seasonal farmworkers and healthcare professionals are additionally excluded from the plan. Patel is because of give an announcement in Parliament on the quarantine measures on Wednesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Home Office stated the UK was taking a look at establishing “air bridges” with international locations with low charges of coronavirus.

This “would remove self-isolation measures and safely open up routes to and from countries with low transmission rates”, the ministry stated in an announcement.    

“Agreement would need to be made with individual countries before these measures take effect,” it added.    

A gaggle of companies, together with The Ritz lodge and travel agent Kuoni, have been amongst these demanding air bridges to low-risk international locations.  

Airlines together with EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic additionally stated that they had “serious reservations” a few “blanket approach”.

The UK is among the many international locations worst-hit by the virus with 39,452 deaths from 279,392 circumstances, in response to knowledge from the Johns Hopkins University.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information businesses