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8 June 2020

Priti Patel introduces new measures at the UK border including 14 days’ self-isolation for anyone entering the UK, bar a short list of exemptions

Introduced by

Home Office, Border Force, the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

Targeted at

Anyone entering the UK

Timings

Announced on 22 May 2020. Applies to arrivals in the UK on or after 8 June

Stated aims

To manage the risk of transmission from travellers arriving in the UK

Summary

The guidance stated that people arriving in the UK must provide their contact information and self-isolate for 14 days following their arrival. The rules have since been updated in line with the easing of travel restrictions. The new measures introduced by Home Secretary Priti Patel include:

  • A contact locator form: all arriving passengers are required to provide contact and travel information so they can be contacted if they, or someone they may have been in contact with develops the disease.
  • Self isolation: passengers arriving in the UK are required to self-isolate for 14 days and could be contacted regularly throughout this period to ensure compliance.
  • Enforcement: failure to comply with the mandatory conditions may face enforcement action; a breach of self-isolation would be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England or potential prosecution and an unlimited fine (the level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases). The devolved administrations will set out their own enforcement approaches.
  • Spot checks: Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and is not resident in the UK.

Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice. Public health authorities will conduct random checks in England to ensure compliance with self-isolation requirements. Removal from the country would be considered as a last resort for foreign nationals who refuse to comply with these public health measures.

Source(s)

Gov.uk guidance

Gov.uk news story