I’m booked to travel back to the UK for 5 days in September. I’m not worried about being in quarantine there as I am only visiting my parents and if I need to leave the building for essential shopping so be it…
Equally I am now working from home so being in quarantine on my return is doable.
But I am concerned that just possibly some jobs worth at Border control might stop me on the way back and say ‘Oi you haven’t done 14 days in the UK - you need to stay for the full two weeks’ - is this remotely likely does anyone know / think? How would I find out what the actual official policy is? Answers on a postcard please…
Well “the length of your stay” is not specified as being a minimum of 14 days? And since you can travel the length and breadth of the UK to get to your self isolation, then a little bit of a nonsense if they don’t let you travel the length and breadth of the UK to get out?
“Just 10 fines have been issued to people who broke coronavirus travel quarantine rules after arriving in the UK from abroad.
Nine of the fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were handed out by Border Force officials at the border since the restrictions were introduced, the Home Office said.
It had previously been revealed police had fined only one person between 8 June, when the rules came in, and 27 July.
The Border Force can issue FPNs of between £100 and £1,000 to those who break government rules around the completion of passenger locator
The form, which people arriving in the country are told to fill in online at least 48 hours before entering, allows arrivals from countries deemed high-risk - including Spain, France and the US - to tell authorities where they will be isolating for two weeks and provide contact details.
It is unclear how many people have had their passenger locator forms checked upon entering the UK, but many travellers are believed to have done so without being questioned by officials.
A government spokesperson, however, insisted the low number of fines was due to a high level of compliance among those arriving in the UK.
I’ve just read it and no they don’t - which is equally stupid. Because if I have it and if I transmit it to my dad and if he were stupid enough to walk round Sainsbury’s during peak hours, he could then pass it on before we even knew I was contagious…
Don’t worry, they have an oven-ready quarantine-adjustment algorithm suited to the Higginson Dilemma straight from the warehouse where they prepare and pack munch-ready M&S egg’n’cress sandwiches, same OVCOV set-up, AFAIK,
Unless things change I will almost certainly go - the point of the exercise isn’t shopping (that was a tongue in cheek comment ) but providing moral support for my dad. When I went a month ago the tube / trains were deserted so as long as I stay uninfected en route, all should be fine…