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Airports: Coronavirus

Question for Home Office

UIN HL14971, tabled on 15 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent significant delays for returning travellers arriving at airports in the UK.

Answered on

28 April 2021

We are in a global health pandemic, and people should not be travelling unless absolutely necessary.

To protect the public and our vaccine rollout from new variants, Border Force checks every passenger has complied with current health measures when arriving at the border.

We are not going to abandon or compromise these vital public health measures and put the public at risk, and as long as these checks are necessary passengers should expect longer queues when arriving into the UK.

Queues and wait times will be longer if passengers have not completed the necessary requirements to enter the UK, and airlines are responsible for making sure that their passengers have completed all the necessary requirements.

We are, however, working hard to avoid extensive wait times, and every airport, has a responsibility to comply with social distancing and Covid measures on site

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