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FAQs on the UK Government’s coronavirus quarantine rules


All content on this page is correct as of May 27, 2020

The Government has announced that people arriving in the UK on or after 8 June 2020 will need to self-isolate for the first 14 days of their entry to the UK.

Who does it apply to?

The rules apply to all UK residents and visitors travelling to the UK, unless they are travelling from Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. This would include holiday makers returning from a short trip overseas. There are limited exemptions to these requirements, such as for road haulage/transport workers, transit passengers, certain urgent emergency workers and those arriving to attend pre-arranged medical treatment.

What do I need to do?

From 8 June 2020, travellers to the UK will need to provide their journey and contact details before they travel via an online form. This form may be checked at the UK border. Those who fail to complete the form risk being fined £100. Non-UK residents may also be refused entry to the UK.

Once in the UK, the individual will not be able to leave the place they are staying for the first 14 days without having visitors unless:

  • they need urgent medical treatment
  • they need support from social services
  • they need food and medicine and cannot get them delivered or get a friend or family member to bring them
  • they’re going to the funeral of a close relative, or for other compassionate reasons
  • there is an emergency, for example a fire.

Those staying at home or with friends or family, should avoid contact with others in the property and minimise the time spent in shared areas.

What if I am not staying in a private residence?

Those staying in a hotel or guest house must not use shared areas such as bars, restaurants, health clubs and sports facilities. They should also stay two metres away from all other guests and staff.

Those who are not able to safely self-isolate at the place they were planning to stay, should inform UK Border Force officers when they arrive in the UK. They’ll then be given a choice of government arranged accommodation in which to stay at.

How will my details be used?

The government will use the journey and contact information provided to contact the individual if someone they’ve travelled with develops coronavirus symptoms,

The information will also be used to check compliance with the quarantine restrictions.

Individuals found to be breaching the quarantine restrictions can be fined £1,000.

What are the exemptions?

Details of those who are exempted from these provisions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules

When will this be reviewed?

The quarantine rules are reviewed every three weeks, so the earliest that it will be changed is 29 June 2020.

If you need any help or advice on any of the following, then please do get in touch with our immigration department who would be happy to help.


This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of May 27, 2020.

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