Self-isolation Lifted for ‘Lower Risk’ Countries

Self-isolation Lifted for ‘Lower Risk’ Countries

From 10 July 2020 you will be able to travel to many countries without having to self-isolate on return to England.

Passengers returning or visiting from certain destinations which pose a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will set out today (3 July 2020).

The new measures will come into force from 10 July 2020, meaning that people arriving from selected destinations will be able to enter England without needing to self-isolate, unless they have been in or transited through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days.

A risk assessment has been conducted by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, in close consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer. The assessment draws on a range of factors including the prevalence of coronavirus, the numbers of new cases and potential trajectory of the disease in that destination.

The list of countries can be found here.

These countries will be exempted from the requirement for passengers arriving into England to self-isolate for 14 days. All passengers, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.

Commenting on the government’s announcement of quarantine-free travel with a specified list of ‘low-risk’ countries, British Chambers of Commerce Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: 

“Businesses will be pleased to see the back of the UK government’s damaging blanket quarantine policy, but they will also be asking a lot of questions about its replacement.

“It’s taken far too long for the exemption list to appear, and the fact that it does not initially apply to all four nations of the UK will put regional connectivity and regional economies at risk. Neither the process nor the outcome inspire confidence, either here at home or with our partners globally.

“While these changes will give some businesses a fighting chance to make up for months of lost income, the job is not yet done. This isn’t just about summer holidays. Ministers need to focus on restoring connections and confidence with key trading partners all across the world.”

"This isn’t just about summer holidays. Ministers need to focus on restoring connections and confidence all across the world.”  

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