UK to introduce ‘14-day quarantine’ for international arrivals

LONDON (AFP) – Britain is to introduce a quarantine period of 14 days for those arriving in the United Kingdom (UK), Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed yesterday and said ministers would give details later.

“People who are coming to the UK will have to do quarantine,” Lewis told Sky News, saying the new rules would cover British citizens and those from elsewhere.

“We’re saying to people you’ve got to make your own arrangements, if you’re coming to the UK then you need to make those arrangements.

“Obviously for the UK citizens coming back they’ll be able to quarantine at home, for visitors they will need to make arrangements for the quarantine.”

The plans are expected to come into force next month and further details were outlined yesterday by Home Secretary Priti Patel at the daily Downing Street briefing.

Lewis said the policy would be reviewed every three weeks.

There are expected to be exemptions for road hauliers and medical officials, while the common travel area with Ireland will be unaffected.

But it is thought that arrivals from France will have to quarantine, despite claims earlier this month there would be an exemption.

The Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, west of London. Britain is to introduce 14 days quarantine for international arrivals, Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed. PHOTO: AFP