Today the Home Secretary announced new measures to protect the country from a second wave of coronavirus infections at the UK borders starting on June 8.
Contact locator form
Now arriving travelers will fill in the special form to provide their personal and travel details. This measure will enable to contact them and to trace their contacts should they or someone they may have been in contact develops the Covid-19.
Passengers arriving in the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. During this time period they could be regularly contacted by the UK public health authorities.
If an individual breaks the installed self-isolation conditions, there will be certain enforcement action taken against them. A fixed penalty notice of £1,000 or a potential prosecution and unlimited fine will be set in place for such cases. The amount of fine could become even bigger if the risk of infection from abroad increases. The UK Devolved Administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) could set out their own enforcement approaches and penalties.
The UK Border Force will conduct border checks. They may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to abide by these rules and is not resident in the UK. If a newcomer fails to complete the form, there is a fixed fine of £100 set in the new regulations. UK public health authorities will conduct spot checks in England to ensure compliance with self-isolation requirements. Deportation is considered to be the extreme and last resort to enforce foreign nationals who refuse to comply with the new government measures.
The UK Home Office worked closely with industry partners before announcing the changes. After coming into force they will be reviewed every three weeks, to ensure that they are up to date with the latest scientific provisions and recommendations.
The government claims there will be other measures developed. For instance, there are talks going on about “air bridge” agreements between countries that have low transmission rates to establish measures to control passenger flow and gradually removing quarantine measures for arriving passengers.