If I travel to the UK by ferry do I need to self-quarantine?
No, anyone arriving in the UK from outside the Common Travel Area, which covers Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as of the 15th August, in accordance with the latest UK government guidelines are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14 days. This is only valid if arriving from one of the approved countries listed on the UK government website.
You may have to self-isolate when you arrive in the Common Travel Area, if you are travelling from a country that has not been covered by the travel corridor exemption. You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country that is not on the list in the 14 days before you arrive in England.
Currently, those arriving from France and the Netherlands are excluded from the travel corridor and will be required to self-quarantine as per the latest guidelines. For more information click here.
This applies to all travel by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route. People should use personal transport, such as a car, to travel to their accommodation where possible. Once they arrive there, they should not leave their accommodation for 14 days. This means that they should not go to work, school, or public areas, or use public transport or taxis. They should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing essential support. Failure to comply with the self-isolation conditions may result in a fine. Those entering the UK will also be encouraged to download the NHS Covid-19 app at the border and use it for the duration of their stay in the UK.
Everyone travelling are still required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form so that they can be contacted if they, or someone they may have been in contact with, develops or displays symptoms of the virus.
The following exemptions to self-isolation apply:
road haulage and freight workers, to ensure the supply of goods is not impacted
medical professionals who are travelling to help with the fight against coronavirus
seasonal agricultural workers who will self-isolate on the property where they are working