QUARANTINE RULES AND OVERSEAS TRAVEL
Planning to go abroad
If you are planning to go abroad please advise your Branch Consultant as early as possible, stating both the dates and destination. This will help us not only track your availability but also allow for any possible self-isolation requirements. As you are probably aware the holiday destination and quarantine rules can change overnight, so make sure you check the latest guidance.
What are the quarantine rules?
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) continues to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries, territories and regions exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel. Coronavirus regulations mean that you must self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in the UK, if you have travelled to a country or region which is not on the current travel corridor exemption list. It applies to UK residents and visitors to the UK.
Remember you will have to comply with coronavirus requirements in the country you travel to and may include self-isolating whilst you are on holiday or providing your details to local authorities.
Passenger Locator Form
Remember all passengers whether you are a UK resident or not, must show proof of a completed passenger locator form at the UK border; it is an online form so you will need an internet connection to complete it. This applies to people entering the UK from all countries, territories and regions. You should complete the form before you enter the UK in the 48-hour period before you are due to arrive in the UK. If you do not complete the form before you arrive in the UK, it might take you longer to enter the UK. Failure to complete the form is a criminal offence.
A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off. It can apply to coaches, ferries, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop. If your journey involves a transit stop in a country, territory or region not on the travel corridor list, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if:
- New passengers get on
- You or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again
You don’t need to self-isolate beyond normal timescales if, during your transit stop in a non-exempt country, territory or region:
- No new passengers get on
- No-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
- Passengers get off but do not get back on
If you travel by car through a country which is not on the exemption list and you do not get out and no-one else gets in, you will not have to self-isolate.
Please note that the information contained in this document is subject to local and national Covid-19 guidelines and advice which can quickly change due to the nature of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. It is therefore advised that you check local and national guidance frequently for latest updates.