The government has unveiled a major shift in border policy to be introduced next month in a bid to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 in the UK.
What has been announced?
All arrivals into the UK, apart from a short list of exemptions, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from 8 June.
How will it work?
All arriving passengers will be required to fill in a contact locator form with contact and travel information so they can be reached if they, or someone they may have been in contact with, develops the disease.
Is it being enforced?
Yes. Anyone failing to comply 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 unlimited fine. The level of fine could increase if the risk of infection from abroad increases. The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will set out their own enforcement approaches.
Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with the regulations and is not resident in the UK.
Failure to complete the contact locator form will be 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.
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