UK 14-day arrivals quarantine begins

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The British Government’s new quarantine rules requiring most people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days, are now in place.

Travellers arriving by aircraft, boat or train must give an address where they will self-isolate. The government has said the laws were introduced to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus hitting the UK, however, anyone arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man does will not have to enter quarantine, providing they have spent at least last 14 days in those locations.

There are also exemptions for workers in specific industries such as medical professionals.

The new legislation requires people arriving in the UK to drive their own car to their destination; they must not use taxis or public transport. They are also banned from going to work, school, public areas, and must not have visitors, except for providing essential help.

Many travel industry representatives have criticised the quarantine saying that it will prevent the vast majority of potential visitors travelling to the UK, thereby adding further damage to a sector that is already suffering badly.

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair have written to the government seeking a judicial review of the rules.