The new Border rules

From today, anyone arriving into the UK from a ‘red list’ country will have to stay at a Managed Quarantine Facility upon arrival – adding another layer of security to our national defences against new strains of Covid-19.

  • The UK has one of the toughest border regimes in the world, however in the face of new variants it is important that we take extra precautionary measures to further minimise the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the risk of the arrival of new variants into the UK. 
  • That is why from today tighter quarantine requirements come into effect for UK nationals arriving from the 33 red list countries, requiring them to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days, as well as introducing heavier fines and penalties for those who do not stick to the rules. 
  • Currently, anyone entering the UK must have a negative test taken before entering, they must quarantine for ten days - and take a test on day 2 and day 8 - and they must fill in a passenger locator form. This together with managed quarantine represents one of the toughest border regimes in the world.
  • These increased levels of protections at our borders will provide an extra level of insurance against new strains entering the UK, making sure we do not endanger the progress being made on our fight to save lives and protect the NHS.


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