Travelers to the UK should probably spend two weeks in self-isolation from the end of this month after arrival. The measures should prevent a so-called second wave of infections.
In addition to travellers, British nationals returning from abroad to the UK must also be quarantined for two weeks, the UK government reportedly told airlines. British media expect Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce the new measures, which should take effect from the end of May, on Sunday. People entering Britain must complete a form upon arrival and provide an address where they will be separated for two weeks. An exception would apply to people arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Nor would the measures apply to truck drivers entering the country to bring goods.
The measures have been speculated in the UK for several weeks. The UK aviation sector warned in late April that such measures would have a “devastating effect” on the sector itself and the rest of the UK economy. Airlines wrote that the proposal would effectively end international travel to and from the UK. Moreover, people wonder how useful the measures would still be, now that the country has overcome the peak of the corona crisis, according to Prime Minister Johnson.
The UK’s borders have been closed to non-British people since late March unless they have urgent reasons to enter the country. In recent weeks, however, the British government has been criticized for the fact that travelers were allowed to enter the country without additional measures, such as a temperature check or mandatory self-insulation, while more than 30,000 people in the country have now died of the corona virus. In Great Britain, 211,000 people are currently infected with the virus, with the country having the highest number of infections in Europe after Italy and Spain.