United Kingdom to announce quarantines for global travellers

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announces the new rules

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announces the new rules

The government is expected to announce that all global arrivals, including returning Britons, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying to the authorities. A breach of self-isolation would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England, though in some cases it could involve potential prosecution and an unlimited fine.

All worldwide arrivals, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying under the plans, which were criticised by airlines, business groups and politicians alike.

Certain workers, such as medical staff, road haulage and freight workers, will be exempt, as will people travelling into the United Kingdom from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Britons returning from overseas will also have to self-isolate for 14 days under the measures, which will be reviewed every three weeks.

Paul Lincoln, Director General Border Force, said elite sports including Formula One were not exempt but the Government was keeping it under review "to see if there is a way in which sports events can be done safely with right measures in place".

As part of the plans, which are aimed at guarding against a second wave of coronavirus infections, all arrivals would be asked to fill in a form with their contact information. "Therefore, we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of worldwide air travel for passengers and businesses". They may also leave it in "an emergency", a spokeswoman added.

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Removal from the country could be used as a last resort, it said.

"Public Health England will set up an assurance service to contact people at random to ensure that they understand the requirements, and to also ensure that they are self-isolating".

Greece's long-awaited tourist season will begin on June 15 with the opening of seasonal hotels and the arrival of the first foreign visitors, while global flights will begin heading directly for holiday destinations from July 1.

A full list of exemptions to the rule will be published on Friday on gov.uk.

You will be expected to comply with Ireland's self-isolation policy before making onward travel to the rest of the UK.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for asymptomatic frontline workers, such as surveillance workers deployed in containment zones and paramilitary/police personnel involved in COVID-19-related activities, in its revised guideline for the use of prophylaxis released on Friday evening.

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