From Monday, passengers travelling abroad from England will need to carry a new form setting out why their trip is allowed under current lockdown rules, the Government has announced.
The short ‘Declaration to Travel’ form requires people to fill in their personal details – such as their name, address, passport details and destination – and asks why their international travel is exempt from the current Coronavirus restrictions.
The form must be downloaded from the Government’s website and then carried physically or on the passenger’s mobile phone. The form may be checked by airline staff and police are also to complete spot checks. Individuals who fail to produce a form could face a fine of £200 and be stopped from boarding their flight. Fines for breaking the rules may increase up to a maximum of £6,400.
Under current lockdown restrictions, travelling abroad is illegal without a permitted reason, such as for essential work or volunteering.
As yet, no plans have been announced to introduce the form in the devolved administrations of the UK, though it is still illegal to travel abroad from these countries without an appropriate reason.