Speaking in the House of Commons today, Boris Johnson said British nationals and residents arriving from South Africa, Portugal and countries in South America would be affected (other travel from those countries are already banned), although a full list of all 22 countries has yet to be revealed.
Accommodation arrangements should be put in place “as quickly as possible” with more details from the Health and Social Affairs ministry expected next week. See our Travel against the coronavirus guide to find out more about your rights to travel abroad and to the UK.
Travelers will be met at airports and escorted to hotels for quarantine
Travel from countries with feared variants of the coronavirus has already been banned, but the “managed isolation process” defined by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary today will apply to nationals and UK residents, who cannot be refused entry to the UK.
Under the new system, travelers from affected countries will be met at the airport and transferred to hotels where they can self-quarantine for 10 days. Interior Minister Priti Patel said there would be no exceptions to this rule. We’ve asked the government if travelers will have to pay for their stay in quarantine hotels themselves, and we’ll update this story when we have a response.
The Prime Minister added that the government would work with decentralized administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure a UK-wide approach.
Arrivals to England must already take a pre-departure coronavirus test and self-isolate for 10 days when entering the country, no matter where they have traveled from – but travelers can usually quarantine themselves at home or where you are staying rather than official accommodation.
You can also cut this quarantine period if you are tested for coronavirus five days after arrival, but you cannot do so if you have traveled to or through a travel-banned country in the past 10 days.