quarantine

How the UK’s current quarantine policy works and who calls the shots

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Airport measures
LOGO: Test4Travel
LOGO: Test4Travel

YesterdayThe Telegraph launched its Test4Travel campaign for accessible airport testing at all airports and ports in time for Christmas. The aim is to get business and leisure travel moving again safely by removing the 14-day quarantine. But it doesn’t come without its challenges. If testing was to be implemented on a national, or even bi-lateral scale, how would it work?

As with all things Covid-19 related, the response has been a cross-government effort

On March 17, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) advised against all non-essential international travel due to the pandemic and border restrictions put in place by other countries. This was lifted on June 8 but all travellers to the UK were required to self-isolate for 14 days and fill out a passenger locator form. Border Force carried out, and continue to carry out, spot checks at

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The Telegraph campaign to scrap quarantine through airport testing

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travel lead image
LOGO: Test4Travel
LOGO: Test4Travel

In the last six months we have seen unprecedented disruption to international travel. Yet this week, as the Government approaches yet another chaotic episode in its increasingly unpopular quarantine policy, there is an alternative way forward.

Today, as a result of what you have told us, Telegraph Travel launches Test4Travel – a campaign urging the Government to roll out affordable Covid-19 tests on arrivals at all UK airports and ports, by Christmas.

Exclusive survey data compiled for Telegraph Travel by travel consultancy The PC Agency and independent market research company AudienceNet, polling 2,139 respondents, shows that 62 per cent of the population supports a test on arrivals in the UK over a 14-day quarantine, and more than half would be willing to cover the costs of a test.

Of those who have an opinion, nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) would prefer a two-part test (with

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Can I go on holiday this summer and will I have to quarantine?

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EPA

For many, it felt like summer was cancelled as soon as Matt Hancock said as much on ITV’s This Morning back in early May.

“I think that’s likely to be the case,” the health secretary answered when asked if summer would be effectively “cancelled” for the first time since the Second World War.

But there are now glimmers of hope that something could be salvaged as Britain’s lockdown restrictions continue to ease. Here are your questions answered.

Will I be able to go on holiday this summer?

This is contingent on several factors: the current Foreign Office blanket ban on all international travel being lifted; the host country being willing to accept tourists from the UK; no quarantine being imposed upon arrival or return to the UK; the ability to get to the airport; and the ability to fly or otherwise travel to your chosen destination.

While the FCO

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