UK quarantine ‘not being enforced’

Holidaymakers returning to the UK are currently required to quarantine for 14 days - Getty
Holidaymakers returning to the UK are currently required to quarantine for 14 days – Getty

Britain’s travel quarantine is not being enforced, according to new research, with no police fines issued since the rules came in on June 8. 

The BBC contacted all 43 police forces in England and Wales to ask how many fines had been issued. 

Of the 12 forces that replied, including Greater Manchester, West Midlands and Kent – where there are major ports and airports – none had given out fines. Some added that there had been no enforcement at all. 

There have also been no fines issued under international quarantine law by the police in Scotland or Northern Ireland. 

The UK Border Force issued its first two fines under the regulations last weekend at the Eurotunnel terminal in France.

The news comes as the UK prepares to lift quarantine rules for 75 countries. 

The exemption list, due to be published on Friday, will lift the Foreign Office ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

All 75 destinations have been judged as sufficiently low-risk for British holidaymakers based on Covid-19 infection rates. 

This will mean that from Monday travellers to the 75 countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK although some like Australia and New Zealand are expected to retain border controls and quarantine for the rest of 2020. 

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