Industry urges PM to reconsider Quarantine Measures

BETA joined forces with fellow industry bodies urgently asking for the Government to set out how it will move to a more targeted approach to the 14 day quarantine for air passengers arriving into the UK

Read the joint letter to Boris Johnson here

WTTC president and chief executive Gloria Guevara was quoted on the subject also saying “quarantine would have a significant and long-lasting negative effect on the country’s travel and tourism sector by deterring leisure and business travellers”.

The topic was discussed in parliament on 3rd June and the Home Secretary gave an oral statement to the House.

The new quarantining legislation that was introduced today and will come into effect on 8th June and the key details of the new legislation are: 

  • In advance of travel to the UK, both UK and overseas nationals will be required to fill-in a Contact Locator Form which includes details as to where they will isolate for two weeks and how they can be contacted. Proof of completing this form has to be carried by the passenger and is subject to checks by Border Force on arrival.
  • PHE will undertake spot checks to make sure that people are self-isolating for the two weeks at the address provided on the form
  • There is a £100 if you don’t complete the form and a £1000 if you don’t undertake self-isolation
  • The Home Secretary must review the need for the information requirement at least once every 21 days, with the first review being carried out by 29th June 2020

The oral statement by the Home Secretary is here

The legislation can also be viewed here