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Travel Restrictions

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 180907, tabled on 14 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide exemptions to covid-19 travel restrictions to permit family reunifications in circumstances where a family relationship can be established notwithstanding there being no marriage or civil partnership.

Answered on

19 April 2021

The decision to introduce enhanced 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 the new COVID-19 variants identified in other countries. These are intended to be temporary measures and the government keeps data for countries and territories under constant review.

The government has made it consistently clear that it will take decisive action to contain the virus, including adding further countries to the red list if the public health risk of people returning from a particular country without self-isolating becomes too high.

There are an extremely limited number of exemptions from enhanced border measures, and only introduced where absolutely necessary for reasons of national importance. Exemptions from enhanced border measures are set out on and are kept under regular review.

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