To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure EU nationals are not unnecessarily delayed or detained by the UK Border Force when travelling to the UK as a result of changes to the immigration system following the UK’s departure from the EU.
23 June 2021
The risks posed by the global pandemic remain significant, hence there are restrictions for inbound passengers, such as 10-day managed quarantine, self-isolation at home, and stringent testing will apply to people differently dependent on the country destination list. EU nationals are not exempt from these requirements and they operate in addition to the requirements of the Immigration Rules.
We are maintaining 100% Border Health Measures checks, carried out to keep the public safe, while maintaining an efficient border. However, with additional checks to keep the country safe, some delays are to be expected. EU nationals (or any visitors) coming to the UK, without a visa, would not realistically be able to undertake any of the activities listed as a “short trip” which would normally be permitted under the visitor route, while also complying with the requirement for a 10-day self-isolation requirement.
Those who are considering moving here for work or study should check the requirements for entry. We have worked incredibly closely with EU partners to make sure people are aware of these new requirements, including a multi-million-pound awareness campaign across the EU.
EU nationals coming to work, or study must prove they meet our entry requirements. We urge people to check the requirements before travelling, as they may be refused permission to enter at the border.
All Border Force Officers have a duty to act professionally. Border Force staff receive a comprehensive package of training prior to operational deployment. Comprehensive guidance and training plans have been developed and adapted to upskill BF frontline officers in new policy, process, and system changes.