PASSENGERS arriving from France — including returning UK holidaymakers — are to be exempt from 14-day quarantine measures.
But a ban on visiting UK second homes or a location other than the place you live ‘for a holiday or another purpose’ raises the prospect of travellers being able to go on vacation in France but not in this country.
Boris Johnson said on Sunday that ‘it will soon be the time… to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air’ to prevent infection rates rising. The PM and French president Emmanuel Macron had previously agreed quarantine rules would not apply between France and the UK ‘at this stage’, according to a joint statement issued after the address.
The document also said that all journeys within the common travel area — which covers the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Ireland — will be exempt from the measures.
The international travel regulations will not come into force tomorrow, but will be introduced as soon as possible.
A document published by the Cabinet Office stated that staying overnight at a location other than the place you live ‘for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed’. This includes ‘visiting second homes’.
The Cabinet Office said ‘premises such as hotels and bed and breakfasts will remain closed’, unless they are being used for special circumstances such as accommodating key workers.
Places of accommodation will reopen as part of ‘step three’ of England’s recovery strategy, which will not begin earlier than July 4.
Guidance released yesterday said all international arrivals not on a ‘short list’ of exemptions will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. They will be required to supply contact and accommodation information and will be ‘strongly advised’ to use the NHS contact-tracing app.
It added the government was working closely with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to coordinate UK policy.