WITH British travellers facing quarantine measures when arriving from countries like Spain, France and the Netherlands due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases in these places, who is really monitoring they are adhering to the rules.
So, what are the actual quarantine guidelines in the UK?
On arrival, all those coming in from countries that are not on the exemption list must self-isolate for 14 days.
Also, if you travel from an exempt country but have travelled through a non-exempt country in the past 14 days you will need to self-isolate. In this case, travellers need to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days since they visited the non-exempt country.
Upon arrival you should be asked to fill out an online locator contact form, giving details of where you will spend the next two weeks.
This should be your own home unless you are staying with friends or family or at a hotel.
You should also make your way straight to that place, only using public transport if there is no other option.
You should not change the address given unless there is a legal obligation to do so, you need to stay somewhere overnight before travelling to your accommodation, you are a child whose parents have a shared custody agreement, or there is an emergency.
Quarantine measures may be different according to where in the UK you are, as Scotland England, Wales and Northern Ireland all have different restrictions.
How does the government actually keep an eye on those sticking to self-isolation to make sure it is enforced?
Checks are carried out at random and those agreeing to quarantine measures are told that they may be visited by health officials at any time to make sure the isolation is adhered to.
Anybody refusing to fill in the online locator contact form will be subject to a £100 fine.
Border Forces are also able to refuse entry to those from other countries who refuse to comply with any regulations.
Anyone caught not following quarantine measures is liable to face a fine of up to £1,000. Those who have given false contact details could be fined up to £3,200.
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