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14-day isolation period planned for arrivals at UK airports

14-day isolation period planned for arrivals at UK airports

People arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland will face 14-day quarantine measures, it has been widely reported.

Many countries have been telling people to self-isolate after arriving through their borders due to the Coronavirus, some of which have been doing so since March. No such policy has been in place the UK up until now, but it is understood that such a policy could begin to be implemented from later this month, with people arriving in the UK having to self-isolate at a private residence.

It is currently unclear how long the new restrictions may be in effect. 

Airlines and airports have warned that international travel could be heavily damaged under the plans, in what is already an extremely challenging climate for the aviation industry.

On Thursday, Willie Walsh, the chief executive of IAG which owns British Airways said: “If there is a 14-day quarantine, I wouldn’t expect us to be doing any flying in that situation, or very little flying". Meanwhile, Airlines UK have said that the government would have to introduce financial support measures if the quarantine measures went ahead.

More details regarding the new restrictions are expected to be announced this weekend. It comes during a time in which the aviation sector continues to struggle amid the Coronavirus pandemic, with many airlines announcing job cuts and likely reductions to their operations after the lockdown. 

 

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