Britain to Quarantine Most Travelers Arriving by Plane to Combat the Coronavirus

By Kurt Stolz on 11 May 2020
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London’s Heathrow Airport

Following his evening address to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a document outlining specifics of a new plan to tackle the novel coronavirus.

In addition to advising those who cannot work from home to return to work if possible and to wear face coverings in public, the prime minister introduced a self-quarantine requirement for most visitors.

“The government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the U.K.”

Those arriving from Ireland or France would be exempt from the new rules, and the quarantine requirement is apparently only for air travelers, not those arriving by rail or ship. The government has yet to clarify how it might preclude travelers from transiting to the United Kingdom through Ireland or France in order to circumvent the quarantine.

In addition, if travelers cannot provide firm details on where they would remain for the 14-day period, “they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the government.”

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