COVID-19 and Quarantine

Where can I find out more about the new quarantine measures?

You can read the latest situation and guidance on quarantine arrangements here.

The FCO has updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers.

The full list of countries can be found here. All the advice will be kept under constant review and may change.

What is the advice on self-isolation after transiting through non-travel corridor countries?

Advice from the Department for Transport is as follows:

The circumstances of whether self-isolation would be required is governed by that of the transport operator – so for Eurotunnel this is very straightforward as travellers do not need to exit their vehicle and therefore can avoid mixing with people. Unfortunately this would be more difficult for those travelling by ferry as passengers need to disembark their vehicle and leave the car deck, so would mix with other travellers before arriving back in the UK, and therefore need to self-isolate.

The guidance for quarantining after travelling through transit stops and travelling with private vehicles is as follows:

Transit stops

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off. It can apply to coaches, ferries, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

If your journey involves a transit stop in a country not on the list, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if:

  • New passengers get on
  • You or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again

You don’t need to self-isolate beyond normal timescales if, during your transit stop in a non-exempt country:

  • No new passengers get on
  • No-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
  • Passengers get off but do not get back on

Private vehicles

You don’t need to self-isolate if you travel through a non-exempt country and you don’t stop in the country.

If you do make a stop, you don’t need to self-isolate if:

  • No new people get into the vehicle
  • No-one in the vehicle gets out, mixes with other people, and gets in again

You do need to self-isolate if you make a stop and:

  • New people get into the vehicle, or
  • Someone gets out of the vehicle, mixes with other people and gets in again