Thursday, 9 Jul 2020

Coronavirus quarantine for UK arrivals delayed until June

The UK’s travel industry – and millions of frustrated holidaymakers – have been told that the government’s long-trailed quarantine plan will not take effect this month.

On 10 May the prime minister said that travellers arriving in the UK by air will be required to self-isolate in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The following day the government clarified the planned quarantine and said sea and rail arrivals would be affected too.

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Ministers said the policy would come in as soon as possible, and guided that it would be before the end of May.

But during Transport Questions in the House of Commons, Grant Shapps said: “The final details of the quarantine scheme will be released soon and come in early next month.”

The transport secretary’s revelation will appal airlines, ferry firms and train operators because it moves the date when the 14-day lockdown rule might possibly be lifted closer to the summer peak, which begins in July.

Airlines and holiday companies, including Ryanair and Tui, have announced they will re-start operations at scale in July.

Earlier the prime minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing that work on the scheme is continuing, but confirmed: “Any changes brought in will be subject to a rolling review every three weeks to ensure they are in line with the latest scientific advice and that they remain effective and necessary.”

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