The decision has been made in close “consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer” and will apply to a list of countries deemed to present a “lower risk” to the British public.
MP Grant Shapps announced the plans in a written statement to parliament, and said the changes will apply to all visitors, including rail and maritime, as well as aviation.
MP Grant Shapps confirmed government plans to scrap the UK’s current 14-day quarantine period for all overseas visitors, including rail and maritime as well as aviation
Coronavirus restrictions at the UK border will be scrapped, allowing overseas visitors to travel into the country without a 14-day quarantine period, the Government has confirmed.
In the statement, posted to the Government website, Mr Shapps said: “I can confirm that the government will shortly begin to ease the health measures at the UK border, allowing passengers to be exempted from self-isolation requirements in certain circumstances on arrival in the UK.
He also said the change has been made with “informed factors” including the “prevalence of coronavirus within the country and, crucially, the numbers of new cases and potential trajectory.
“This has been informed by factors including the prevalence of coronavirus within the country and, crucially, the numbers of new cases and potential trajectory in the coming weeks of the disease in the country.
“The Joint Biosecurity Centre, in close consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer, has developed a categorisation of countries and territories from which it is considered to present a lower risk from a public health perspective for passengers to enter the UK, without a requirement for 14 days’ self-isolation.
“This will apply to international rail, maritime, and aviation.
“This categorisation will inform ministerial decisions about the easing of the current border measures.”
He added: “I will announce further details including a full list of the countries and territories from which arriving passengers will be exempted from self-isolation requirements later this week.
The FCO currently advises against all but essential travel to anywhere in the world, an alert which has been in place since March.
Shapps also said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be reviewing its travel advice later this week.
“Although people will not need to self-isolate after entering the UK from these countries, they must not be complacent about following the public health advice on hand hygiene and social distancing.
“Throughout this process public safety has been at the heart of our decision making.
“Separately, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is reviewing its travel advice. Further details will be announced later this week.
“We have been guided by the science and worked closely with health and policy experts from across government to ensure the steps we are taking are gradual and will minimise the risk of new COVID-19 cases while helping to open our travel and tourism sector.”