Covid-19 health measures at the border and impacts on Defence
On 3 June, the Government announced the detail of new measures at the UK border which will come into effect on 8 June. These have been introduced to manage the risk of transmissions being reintroduced to the UK from abroad to avoid a second wave of infections. In introducing these Regulations, the UK is acting to protect the public by preventing the spread of the virus.
The specific measures are
a. A mandatory requirement for all people arriving in the UK to self-isolate at a location they specify for a period of 14 days.
b. The mandatory collection of data for arriving passengers including, for example, information on location abroad, journey to the UK, location in the UK and details of next of kin. This will support Public Health England’s contact tracing system.
c. All arrivals advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app once it is live. This last measure is not, however, a mandatory requirement.
The mandatory measures will, by default, apply to all Defence personnel and activities, as the Government has determined that they are essential public health measures.
There will be an impact on the UK-based families of MOD personnel returning to the UK from abroad. However, commanders will seek to minimise this where possible and it has been agreed that where possible there should be no detrimental impact on Personnel leave or be any financial penalty due to direct additional costs necessarily incurred. It will be possible to self-isolate with family without the rest of the household having to isolate.
The new measures will not prevent travel for compassionate or medical reasons, but self-isolation would still need to be observed when not engaged in the relevant compassionate or medical activity. Where personnel have a need to commute on a weekly basis, they should speak to their chain of command about whether an exemption may apply.
A list of frequently asked questions has been produced and is attached below. Frequently Asked Questions on new Covid-19 health measures at the border and impacts on Defence:Frequently Asked Questions.pdf