NITA Engages on Quarantine

Posted 23 May, 2020

Over the weekend, the UK Government announced, from 8th June, there will be a two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK. Passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train - including UK nationals - will have to provide an address where they will remain for 14 days.

This was announced by the Home Secretary Priti Patel and in her statement, she specifically recognised the impact on the tourism industry and would engage the industry on this measure.

Dr Joanne Stuart OBE, Chief Executive of NITA commented, “At NITA, we welcome the UK government’s commitment to work with industry to 'find new ways to reopen international travel & tourism', which is a vital part of Northern Ireland’s economy as well as its commitment to protect the Common Travel Area. The three week review period is of vital importance and through our membership of TIER (Tourism Industry Emergency Response) and Visitor Economy Group, which was recently set up for feed into the UK Ministerial Taskforce to shape tourism reopening and recovery from COVID-19, we will ensure the voice of Northern Ireland tourism is heard nationally.”

Key points from the announcement are as follows

The requirement for 14 day quarantining will come into force on 8th June

It will be reviewed every 21 days – so it will be in operation at least until 29th June

Anyone moving from within the Common Travel Area, covering Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man will be exempted.

There will be exemptions for freight haulers and other critical workers

People travelling into the UK will have to complete an online form with where they are staying before travelling

There will be spot checks on compliance with self-isolating after travel and a £1000 fine for non-compliance

Further information on the announcement is available here