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Travel Arrangements and Dealing with the Self-Isolating Requirements – Update July 2020

On 8th June 2020, the government enforced a two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK. This included people who were traveling broad on holiday or for other purposes.

Upon return to the UK people were required to self-isolate for 14 days and should:

  • head straight home or to accommodation;
  • self-isolate in one place for 14 days;
  • not have any visitors to their place of isolation unless for essential support;
  • not go to work, school, use taxis, or visit public areas;
  • only use public transport if no other option, but if using public transport wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth and adhere to the 2-metre rule.

From 10th July 2020 passengers will be able to travel to several countries without having to self-isolate when they return to the UK.

Passengers returning or visiting from certain countries that pose a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens, will no longer need to self-isolate when they arrive in England.

You do not have to self-isolate on arrival in England if the only places you have been to or stopped in during the previous 14 days are listed in the table below.

The exempted countries and territories will be kept under constant review, so that if the risk increases, self-isolating measures will be re-introduced to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in England.

Ireland is already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

When planning holidays or any overseas travel, people should check the latest FCO Travel Advice on www.gov.uk. This travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to the country or territory. These can include requirements to self-isolate, quarantine, or undergo testing for coronavirus or restrictions on entry.

Passengers also should stay alert to any changes to local public health measures while traveling by subscribing to FCO travel advice updates on www.gov.uk.

All passengers will still be required to provide contact information on their arrival to the UK, including details of countries or territories they have been to or through, during the previous 14 days. Public health advice on hand hygiene, face coverings and social distancing also must be adhered to.

If you would like further guidance on the above please contact Clover HR on 0121 516 0299 or email us at info@cloverhr.co.uk

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