UK government confirms 14-day quarantine plan

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The UK will implement a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from June 8, the Home Secretary has confirmed.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday, June 3), Priti Patel stated that arrivals to the UK must self-isolate for 14 days to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Arrivals will be required fill in a form including details of where they will isolate and how they can be contacted.

The form must be completed in advance of travel, and those who do not comply may be refused entry to the UK.

The Home Secretary told the House that those who breach self-isolation face a £1,000 (US$1,250) fine or prosecution.

Low cost airline Ryanair has slammed the move, calling it “ineffective and useless”, adding most other European countries have suffered lower death and infection rates than the UK.

A Ryanair spokesperson said, “At a time when the medical science across Europe, in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy and Germany, have safely removed all inbound visitor restrictions, the imposition of this completely defective quarantine in the UK is utterly useless and a total waste of time.”

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