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Travel: Quarantine

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 166572, tabled on 10 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend the list of travellers exempt from covid-19-related travel quarantine restrictions to include those children whose custody is shared between one parent in the UK and another abroad, subject to a negative covid-19 test result.

Answered on

15 March 2021

The decision to implement additional border measures is in direct response to scientific and medical data, which represents an increased risk to UK public health and an increased risk of community transmission of COVID-19 variants of concern identified in those countries. These are intended to be temporary measures and the government keeps data for countries and territories under constant review.

The government has put in place measures to reduce the impact of border measures on families. For arrivals who have not been in a red-list country in the previous 10 days children are required to self-isolate, however they can do so in the family home and may also move between family homes during that period of isolation.

For managed quarantine facilities, family groups will be able to quarantine together as long as the hotel is able to accommodate them. This includes couples and parents with children.

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