UK Entry Regulations Update (Seafarers exempt from mandatory UK return testing)

The UK Government have now confirmed that the proposed mandatory COVID-19 testing for international arrivals into the both England and Scotland will come into effect from 15th January at 4am.  It has also been confirmed that maritime crew will be exempt from mandatory test requirements.

To recap on the new entry requirements:

  1. All international arrivals, including UK nationals, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure for entry into the UK
  2. This rule will not apply to arrivals from the Common Travel Area (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man & Ireland) but will apply to overseas territories.
  3. Exemption applies to maritime crew & hauliers to allow the free flow of freight and air, international rail and children under 11 years old.
  4. Passengers will be required to show their negative test result before boarding and transport operators will deny boarding if necessary.
  5. Passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing
  6. All passengers arriving from countries not on the Government’s Travel Corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for ten days, regardless of test result
  7. Passengers will still be required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions

The UK Government has also updated their list of countries that require mandatory quarantine for arriving passengers.

Effective immediately, passengers arriving from UAE to any UK airport must now self isolate on arrival.

Travellers are required to self isolate if you have visited or made a transit stop in the previous 10 days in any country which is not on the travel corridor list.

An updated list of counties that are currently exempt from the 10 day quarantine requirement can be found on the link below.  Please note that countries and territories can be taken off or added to this exempt list at any time.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

Travellers to the UK must complete the passenger locator form online before arriving in the UK from any country and if the form is not completed, it will take longer to enter the UK.  You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive.  Further information can be found using the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Although there are exemptions for some travellers who do not have to self-isolate, which includes Seamen and Masters, however they will still have to complete the passenger locator form.  For ease, the below link details who are exempted from quarantine rules.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules