United Kingdom government set to announce 14-day quarantine on arrivals

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No, only a "very limited" group of people are exempt including freight drivers, seasonal vegetable and fruit pickers, medical specialists and others listed by the Home Office.

The rule, which will apply to airline passengers, but also people arriving by train, road, and ship, has been roundly criticized by the country's air transport lobby, with the Airlines UK saying that it will "effectively kill" worldwide travel to and from the country.

From June 8th, anybody entering the country will be expected to self-isolation for two weeks, or face the threat of a £1,000 fine. The devolved authorities in the other parts of the United Kingdom will set out their own enforcement approaches though the general rules will apply everywhere.

Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and isn't resident in the UK.

Arrivals will be advised to use personal transport to head to their accommodation and once there not leave for 14 days.

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They should not go out to buy food or other essentials where they can rely on others.

If their planned accommodation does not satisfy the authorities, arrivals will be put up in facilities arranged by the government, the Home Office says.

Arrivals will also be strongly advised to download the NHS contact tracing app at the border "once rolled out nationally".

The measures, expected to be outlined by the home secretary, Priti Patel, are aimed at preventing a second wave of infections in the UK.

"However, given the high levels of compliance we have seen to date, we expect that the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures". It has taken his government another 12 days to confirm details of the requirements, which Airlines UK complained on May 11 rendered the industry unable to compete and "effectively grounded for the foreseeable future".

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"Therefore, we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of worldwide air travel for passengers and businesses".

Fresh questions will also be asked why the measure was not imposed early on in the pandemic.

The government argues that it simply wouldn't have made enough of a difference while the virus was spreading widely within the UK. We have been successful in getting the reproduction number R - the average number of new people infected by one infected person - below 1.

You risk a £100 fine, multiplied up to £3,200 for failure to pay.

Asked during the government's daily news conference about the prospect of Britons being able to go on a summer holiday overseas this year and whether air bridges could be part of the solution, Patel said: "The foreign office advice is very clear, nothing but essential travel".

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