Holidays: These people are exempt from the UK’s 14-day quarantine rules – here’s who

The Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday left the travel sector reeling as the new rules left many unsure about the future of airlines who have already been hit hard by the coronavirus. The new rules set out by Mr Johnson last night, suggest that all international arrivals coming into the UK from abroad will have to be put in quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the UK. The Government’s 50-page document which was published today said that “the Government will require all international arrivals to supply their contact and accommodation information.”


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It continues: “They will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app.

“The Government will require all international arrivals not on a short list of exemptions to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK.

“Where international travellers are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they will be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.

“The Government is working closely with the devolved administrations to coordinate implementation across the UK.”

However, it has now been revealed that some people are exempt from the measures that have been put in place.

The document titled, ‘OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’ reads: “Small exemptions to these measures will be in place to provide for continued security of supply into the UK and so as not to impede work supporting national security or critical infrastructure and to meet the UK’s international obligations.

“All journeys within the Common Travel Area will also be exempt from these measures.

“These international travel measures will not come into force on May 13 but will be introduced as soon as possible. Further details, and guidance, will be set out shortly, and the measures and list of exemptions will be kept under regular review.”

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As well as people arriving from France and Ireland, there is another group of people who will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule.

According to The Sun, top sportsmen who are set to compete in competitions such as the Premier League will not have to quarantine for two weeks.

Football and motor racing chiefs are currently in talks with Government ministers to allow the sportsmen to leave and enter the country freely from abroad.

The reason for this is because if they had to isolate for two weeks then Formula One and football would not be able to take place.

Senior government figures have allegedly agreed that sportsmen can be exempt from the rule.

A senior Government source said: “There will be exemptions for sports”.

Instead, the top sportsmen will have to be tested regularly and put in quarantine if they test positive.

This does mean that major international sporting competitions are more likely to go ahead in the future.

However, this does bring into question whether sporting stars will therefore be allowed to go on holidays but Britons will not.

Other exceptions to the rules include travellers from the Republic of Ireland and France.

Mr Johnson and President of France, Emmanuel Macron came to an agreement last night which means that British travellers will not have to quarantine if they return from France.

This also means that French tourists coming to the UK will not have to face quarantine, and Britons arriving in France will not face quarantine there either.

It is looking likely that crew members on board flights will be exempt along with international transit passengers.

However, Twitter users are not happy about the new sportsmen rules.

One user said: “Special arrangements for sport would send the wrong message about govt priorities and lead to more lax behaviour ‘if it doesn’t apply to them why should it apply to me…’”

Another questioned: “Ok, why a two week quarantine for air travel when travel via ferry or the tunnel is allowed.

“Why are people from France and sportsmen exempt from this quarantine?”

Another said: “What an absolute joke, one rule for one, one rule for another.”

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