Home Secretary Announces New Rules For All UK Arrivals

Home Secretary Announces New Rules For All UK Arrivals

24/05/2020 0 By M Zaman

The Home Secretary announces stricter rules for all new arrivals in the UK in order to prevent COVID-19.

Since introduction of new rules, all passengers arriving via fights will need to go for a mandatory self-isolation for 14 days. Home Secretary Priti Patel states in a statement.

Currently, transmission rates in the UK is falling. But there are large numbers of travellers will arrive into the country during upcoming months.

As a result, there are threats of new imported cases from overseas and it will once again increase the spread of the disease.

UK Border zone at Heathrow Airport

UK Border zone at Heathrow Airport (Image: Heathrow)

However, the stricter measure include all passengers will need to:

  1. Fill a contact form and provide their personal information including whether they have been contact with someone who develops the disease or symptoms.
  2. Stay in a self-isolation for 14 days and contacted regularly through this period to ensure compliance.
  3. Any one breaching self-isolation rules will face a £1,000 or may face enforcement action this including potential prosecution and unlimited fine.
  4. Must comply with border screening at the border. Failure to do so will have a £100 fixed penalty notice for non-British citizens and non-residents in the UK.
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Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.”

“We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.”

“I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures. But we will take enforcement action against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others.”

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These arrangements will become effective from 8 June, 2020.

Immigration control in different airports across the globe are stricter than before

Immigration control in different airports across the globe are stricter than before (Image: Heathrow)

Previously, government’s 14 days quarantine rules were highly criticised as it doesn’t provide any adequate directions.

Meanwhile, EU issues coronavirus air safety guidelines to protect its citizens.

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