New rules have been introduced for entry into the UK due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). These rules apply to residents and visitors, i.e., “all arriving passengers.
Under these rules, you must:
1. Fill out a special Public Health Passenger Locator Form, in which you must provide your travel information and contact information for the duration of your stay in the UK;
Beginning June 8, when traveling to the U.K., you will need to complete an online form to provide your travel and contact information prior to traveling.
When you cross the UK border, you may need to confirm that you have completed the form.
If you refuse to fill in the form, you could be fined up to £100. You may also be banned from entering the country (with the exception of UK citizens and/or residents).
The government will use information from the Public Health Passenger Locator Form to contact you if you or the person/people you are travelling with have symptoms of coronavirus, and to check that you have self-isolated within the first 14 days of arriving in the UK.
2. Download the NHS Covid-19 location tracking app (NHS Covid-19 app).
3. Self-isolate for 14 days (from the time you arrive in the UK).
When you arrive in the UK, go immediately to a place of self-isolation. Your friends or family can pick you up from the airport, port or train station. Use public transport only if there is no other choice. If you use public transport, wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 meters away from other people.
Basic principles of self-isolation in the UK according to COVID-19
You should not leave your place of residence during the first 14 days.
You may only leave it in the following cases:
– You have a medical emergency
– You need help from social services
– You need food or medicine and cannot get it to you, or ask a friend or family member to bring it to you
– You need to attend a funeral of a close family member or other personal reasons
– There is an emergency, such as a fire in your home.
You cannot have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing life-saving assistance.
If you are at home or visiting friends and family, avoid contact with the people you are staying with and minimize your time in common areas.
If you are staying in a hotel or guesthouse, do not stay in common areas, such as bars, restaurants, fitness centers, and athletic fields. Stay 2 meters away from guests and staff.
If you are unable to safely self-isolate where you are going to stay, tell Border Agency staff when you arrive in the UK. They will provide you with rented accommodation where you can stay.
If you have no symptoms of coronavirus after 14 days, you can stop self-isolating. After that, you will need to follow the same rules as those living in the UK.
Who does not need to provide information or self-isolate for 14 days
You do not need to fill in an application form or self-isolate within 14 days if you are coming to the UK from:
– Channel Islands
– Isle of Man
There are other reasons why you do not need to fill in an application form and/or self-isolate.