UK to introduce quarantine for international arrivals from June 8

A sign reminding travelers about social distancing at Nice International Airport in France

Image: Passengers arrive from worldwide flights at Heathrow Airport, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, May 10, 2020.

All arriving passengers will also be required to fill in a contact form to provide details so they can be found if they, or someone they may have been in contact with, develops the disease. Anyone caught breaking the rules could be fined up to £1,000 or face deportation. Devolved nations can set out their own enforcement approaches.

The UK border force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with the regulations.

Answering why Britain was not introducing temperature screening at the border like other countries had, the Home Office added: "Temperature testing will not identify everyone who is infected with coronavirus when they enter the United Kingdom - especially people who have not yet developed symptoms or for who raised temperature is not a symptom".

Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to outline the plans, which will be introduced early next month, at the daily Downing Street briefing today, a senior Government official confirmed.

"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 global air travel for passengers and businesses".

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Ms Patel said the new measures aim to "keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave". "It is something we will be reviewing every three weeks or so". If this does not meet the necessary requirements - such as hotels, or with friends or family - they will be required to self-isolate in facilities arranged by the government.

The government argues that it simply wouldn't have made enough of a difference while the virus was spreading widely within the UK.

"As we are able to gather more data and have better surveillance of a rate of infection in different parts of the country then we will be able to lift measures quicker in some parts of the country than in others", the prime minister's official spokesman was quoted as saying.

I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures. Sardinia's governor has suggested he might require visitors to the island to certify they had tested negative for the virus within the past week, or submit to a test on arrival. Once they arrive there, they should not leave their accommodation for 14 days. The UK would seek to strike bilateral agreements with countries with low incidence of Covid-19 under which quarantine restrictions could be waived.

There will be limited exemptions and a full list will be published on gov.uk.

The Cabinet minister claimed a "high proportion" of migrants had been taken back to France and more than 100 people were stopped from making the journey to Britain last weekend.

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