News | Published July 11 2020

Covid-19: UK quarantine exemptions list now live

From Friday this week, travellers entering the UK from countries on the quarantine exemptions list are not required to self-isolate for 14 days.

75 countries and British Overseas Territories are included in the exemptions, with the new addition of Serbia added to the list on Friday.

However, the Scottish government will still require individuals travelling from Spain to undergo quarantine if they plan on visiting Scotland. Individuals arriving anywhere else in the UK from Spain do not need to self-isolate.

Furthermore, if individuals coming from exempt nations had visited a country not on the exemptions list in the 14 days before coming to the UK, they will still be required to quarantine.

The Foreign Office’s advice against taking a cruise holiday also remains unchanged.

Clarifying its decision on Spain, the Scottish government had said that it plans to keep quarantine measures in place for individuals entering the country from nations with a higher Covid-19 presence than is the case in Scotland.

In the case of Spain, Holyrood said that figures indicated the prevalence of the virus in Spain was 330 people in every 100,000, compared to just 28 of every 100,000 in Scotland.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the decision on the quarantine measures would protect Scotland from a second wave of cases.

Those who must abide by the quarantine must fill out a passenger locator form prior to arriving and disclose the address where they will be self-isolating.

Any individuals caught breaking the quarantine in England will be liable to a £1,000 fine. The devolved administrations are responsible for enforcing quarantine with penal measures in their own regions.

Meanwhile, a Foreign Office spokesman clarified that its decision to continue to advise against going on cruises was “based on medical advice from Public Health England”.

The Foreign Office first advised people over the age of 70 not to go on cruises in March, before lockdown meant that its advice changed to all but essential international travel.

With the rate of infection falling in the UK, Westminster and the devolved governments have continued to relax restrictions, but the World Health Organization has warned that coronavirus is “not under control” in other countries.

WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "The pandemic is still accelerating. The total number of cases has doubled in the last six weeks."

He added that countries have now reported over 11.8 million cases of Covid-19 overall and 544,000 fatalities as of Friday morning.

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Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson
Junior Editor
July 11 2020

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