New measures and enforcement rules for international travel to the UK

10 February 2021

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This week, the UK Government announced new measures and tougher enforcement for passengers in quarantine – from fixed penalty notices of up to £10,000 to imprisonment. The measures will come into force on Monday 15 February.

Under the changes announced, from Monday all arrivals at English ports will be required to undertake two mandatory Covid-19 tests – on day two and day eight of their 10-day quarantine.

All passengers, no matter which country they have travelled from, are already required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before departure and must self-isolate on arrival.

The new measures build on those already in place, which include refusing entry to non-UK residents from ‘red list’ countries.

All passengers, no matter which country they have travelled from, are already required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before departure and must self-isolate on arrival. A passenger locator form must also be completed with fines for those who fail to comply.

From Monday, anyone arriving who has been in a country on the UK’s ‘red list’ in the previous 10 days will also be required to purchase a quarantine package. Bookings will be made through a dedicated online portal and will include:

  • assigned government transportation
  • food and drinks
  • accommodation in a government-approved facility
  • security
  • welfare
  • testing

Passenger locator forms will now not only detail their travel journey but also their quarantine and testing package.

For students arriving from countries which are not on the ‘red list’, the University continues to provide quarantine accommodation.

More information about the University’s quarantine service can be found on our Covid-19 webpages. Further detail from the University on travelling to the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic is also available on our website.

Further information on the Government’s new measures can be found online - if you have any further questions on how this might affect you please email covid-19@brookes.ac.uk.