United Kingdom to introduce COVID Passports

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announces the new rules

In addition to Britain, travellers arriving in Ireland from next week will also be legally required to inform the government where they will quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Minister for Health Simon Harris said on Friday.

We need to take action to manage the risk of transmission from this group.

The Home Office said the new policy will be in place across the United Kingdom, although how it is enforced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be determined by the devolved administrations.

Spot checks - The Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and is not resident in the UK. Failure to do so is punishable by a £100 fine.

The UK government is set to unveil tough new procedures later on Friday for worldwide travellers coming into the country as the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is gradually eased, including 14-day mandatory quarantines and possible fines for a breach.

This comes just hours after British authorities announced exactly the same measure in a bid to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.

I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures.

Lawbreakers caught "endangering the safety of others" by flouting the rule could be hit with a £1,000 on-the-spot penalty or an even bigger fine imposed by the courts.

The arrangements are due to come into effect on 8 June.

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Information will be available to incoming travellers, including on the government's social distancing guidelines, through messaging and announcements in-flight and leaflets and posters on arrival. Materials will be available in English and 9 other languages.

Arriving passengers will have to provide contact details and will be checked on regularly during the two weeks, the government said.

The Home Office said the proposed accommodation will need to meet necessary requirements, such as a hotel or a private address with friends or family.

Arrivals will be advised to use personal transport to head to their accommodation and once there not leave for 14 days.

They will be told to avoid public transport and travel to their accommodation by vehicle "where possible", and not to go out to buy food or other essentials "where they can rely on others".

Once self-isolation is complete people should follow the current government guidelines on social distancing measures. The government confirmed there will be exemptions for freight drivers; doctors and scientists working on the pandemic; and fruit pickers, who will be expected to confine themselves to the farms where they work.

"The reality is we are saying to people if you are going to go overseas you need to look at the fact you may well need to do quarantine when you come back", UK Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told the BBC, in reference to the expected announcement.

However, some lawmakers said quarantine should not be used to "punish" countries who 'have handled the coronavirus better than us'.

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