Quarantine upon arrival in England
An important announcement made today (24th November 2020) by the Transport Secretary is that from 15th December 2020, passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the government’s travel corridor list will have the option to take a test after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate.
Under the ‘Test to release for international travel’ strategy, passengers arriving into England by plane, ferry or train should book their test before they travel from a provider approved by the government. If they choose to book a test, they will need to state this on their passenger locator form prior to arriving and then go straight into self-isolation at home as usual. Passengers can also opt in for this test after arrival, in which case they will need to resubmit their passenger locator form.
The test can then be taken on or after day 5 of the isolation period either at home or at a private provider’s testing site, and on receipt of a negative result, can immediately finish self-isolating and return to following domestic rules.
Those passengers choosing not to take a test when arriving from a non-exempt country must continue to follow the current self-isolation requirements of 2 weeks.
The testing strategy is one outcome of the government’s Global Travel Taskforce report recently presented to the Prime Minister, which also sets out a pathway to restarting the cruise sector.
Article courtesy of Gary Lewis, CEO of the Travel Network Group
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