Travelling to UK? Here's what you need to know

If you arrive in England from Singapore from 4am on Sept 19, you will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. PHOTO: AFP

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday that Singapore and Thailand have been removed from the list of countries from which travellers must quarantine when entering England. The same applies for travellers entering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The quarantines are in place to curb the spread of Covid-19. Here are some things you need to know about travelling to England.

I am arriving in England soon. When will the quarantine measures be lifted?

If you arrive in England from Singapore on or after 4am today, you will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. Those who arrived before 4am today would have to undergo quarantine for two weeks.

Are there any conditions?

You would have had to be in Singapore - and any other territory on the British government's list of travel corridor countries - for at least 14 days before arriving in England. The list can be viewed on the British government's website.

Are there any other measures in place that I have to comply with?

All passengers arriving in the United Kingdom - except those who travelled from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and stayed in those places for at least 14 days - will have to complete a passenger locator form.

The form can be filled in up to 48 hours before arrival in the UK here.

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There is currently no requirement for travellers entering England to be tested for Covid-19.

If I start my journey from Singapore but spend time elsewhere before arriving in England, will I need to be quarantined?

You will have to self-isolate upon arrival in England if you leave Singapore but stay in or transit through a territory not on the UK travel corridor list before your arrival in England. You will not have to self-isolate if you spent the 14 days prior to your arrival in England in places that are included on the list.

Can I go to England for a holiday?

With the removal of the quarantine requirement and having met the aforementioned conditions, you will be able to begin your holiday immediately upon arrival from Singapore. However, any travel will be at your own risk. Experts have warned that a second wave of Covid-19 infections could break across Europe in the coming months. In Britain, more than 3,000 new cases were reported in 24 hours for the second day in a row last Saturday.

If I return to Singapore from England, do I need to be quarantined?

Yes. According to the Singapore Government's advisory, all travellers returning from places other than Australia (except Victoria state), Macau, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and New Zealand will have to serve 14-day stay-home notices at dedicated facilities.

In addition, if you left Singapore from March 27 and return here, you will have to bear the costs of Covid-19 tests and staying at a dedicated quarantine facility, which are about $200 and $2,000, respectively.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2020, with the headline Travelling to UK? Here's what you need to know. Subscribe