In June 2020, the government of the United Kingdom added some rules to how a foreign traveler can enter its borders. These rules are still in force today and one of the many that they decided to implement is the rule that requires travelers to keep themselves away from others on the first 14 days of their stay in the country. Plus, there are some other things that travelers need to be aware of when they are going to the UK so continue reading as we examine these details.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do Australian citizens have to know when traveling to the United Kingdom?
As stated, a lot of travelers who are going to the United Kingdom for whatever reason will be obliged to go on quarantine as soon as they enter the country. However, not all of them will be required to do so. The first thing that they should do is find out if they are required to self-isolate for the first 14 days upon entering the country. Australia may be in the list of countries exempt from self-isolation requirements but that doesn’t mean that all of their citizens are free to enter the United Kingdom without the benefit of self-isolation. There are exceptions to the self-isolation rule but they apply only to people who stayed in exempt countries for 14 days or more and then traveled to the UK, regardless of citizenship.
The traveler is not exempted from the rule if he went to a non-exempt country within the previous 14 days, even if it is just for transit. Even if a traveler;s exempted from the rule they may still have to show a Health Declaration Form to gain entry into the country.
What is the UK Passenger Locator Form for?
The UK Passenger Locator Form is documentation that the authorities at the port of entry are requiring from all travelers arriving in the UK from outside the Common Travel Area (CTA). If a traveler comes in from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands, they will not be required to fill out a UK Passenger Locator Form. If the travelers are inbound from anywhere other than these places, the UK Passenger Locator Form is a necessary form for them to enter the country.
The form contains information like the traveler’s contact details, as well as the address where he will be completing his self-isolation, if applicable. The information will be used by the British government to keep an eye on the traveler if he is adhering to self-isolation rules. The government will also be able to get in touch with the traveler or a person traveling with him if one or both of them begin showing symptoms of COVID-19 while they are inside the country.
You should not forget that the form is to be filled out online. Do not print the form out and fill it in by hand. It should be completed within 48 hours of arrival into the UK. It will be invalid if completed earlier, and it can cause delays in entry if completed upon arrival.
What will Australian citizens have to do when they arrive?
Probably the first thing that you will be asked for is a printed copy of the UK Passenger Locator Form confirmation email. If you don’t want to carry a printed piece of paper, you can just show the confirmation email using your phone. Many may be required to provide a Health Declaration Form as well.
If you are to self-isolate, you should proceed to the location where you will fulfill the requirement immediately. Do not use public transport unless you have absolutely no other option. If you are forced to use public transportation, make sure that there is a distance of 6 feet between you and the nearest passenger.
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