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UK announces new quarantine restrictions for visitors, returning residents

May 10, 2020
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UK announces new quarantine restrictions for visitors, returning residents
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During a May 10 press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that all travelers arriving in the U.K. by air will "soon" be subject to a mandatory quarantine period. No hard date has been set as of the time of publishing this article.

"I am serving notice that it will soon be the time – with transmission significantly lower – to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air," Johnson said the about the travel quarantine.

Johnson also discussed a plan to lift certain restrictions over the coming weeks and months, including reopening shops, schools, restaurants and other establishments. All reopening is subject to the number of coronavirus-related infections and deaths decreasing.

While not yet confirmed, The Guardian has reported that the impending U.K. travel quarantine will go into effect by the end of the month or early June and require both visitors and Britons alike to self-isolate for 14 days at a private residence.

"We will be asking for assurances that this decision has been led by the science and that government has a credible exit plan, with weekly reviews to ensure the restrictions are working and still required,” said Airlines UK, which represents British Airways, EasyJet and other UK-based airlines.

The Airport Operators Association's chief executive, Karen Dee, is worried that the 14-day quarantine mandate would devastate the aviation industry and the overall economy. "If quarantine is a necessary tool for fighting Covid-19, then the government should act decisively to protect the hundreds of thousands of airport-related and travel-related jobs across the UK," said Dee.

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Most UK-based airlines have implemented travel waiver policies, allowing passengers to change the date of their flight or to retain the value as a credit to use later. Similar to the US, UK airports have never been emptier. Some have turned into plane parks while others are eerily vacant, with passenger demand at an all-time low.

Britain now has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Europe, surpassing Italy on May 5 with over 31,000 deaths. However, the government says that the UK is heading toward "phase two" of its coronavirus response, which involves partially lifting lockdown.

Additional reporting by Andrew Kunesh

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  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
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  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more