The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Sunday evening in a Ministerial Broadcast that the UK may seek to introduce a two-week quarantine measure for all passengers entering the UK, including British citizens. The measure is set to be introduced in June 2020 although this has not been confirmed, and it follows the UK’s somewhat liberal approach to migration during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other European countries. The proposed measures reflect those which have already been introduced by other countries including Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.
Airlines UK, the trade body for UK registered airlines, has reported that any person who seeks to enter the UK will have to provide a nominated address where they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. It is reported that any disregard for these rules may result in a fine or, in the worst case, deportation.
Details about these measures have not yet been confirmed by the Prime Minister, who stated that further information will be provided in the days to come.
Migrants who wish to enter the UK as visitors will also be subject to the quarantine measures, regardless of the length of time for which they intend to stay. Gherson has extensive experience with visit visa applications and we would be happy to provide further advice on the processes and requirements of applying under this route, or any other immigration route, to enter the UK.
Please note that the information in this blog is current at the date and time of posting. The situation regarding policy and guidance based on the COVID-19 pandemic is subject to change at short notice. We shall be monitoring all aspects of UK immigration which may be impacted by the coronavirus closely, so please do keep updated with further blogs and articles which we will be posting on this site.
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Immigration Consultant and Trainee Solicitor in our Private Client department