No need to quarantine when travelling to UK
Bermuda residents flying to England will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.
The exemption, which was announced today and applies to all 14 British Overseas Territories, will take effect from July 10.
As long as travellers have spent the past 14 days in Bermuda, or any other place on the British Government’s “travel corridor” list of about 90 countries and territories, then there is no requirement to self-isolate.
The rules are set out on the British Government’s website.
Government House also announced that Bermuda will be removed tomorrow from the list of countries the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against all but essential travel.
John Rankin, the Governor said: “I am delighted that Bermuda has been included in both lists. Government House has kept the UK Authorities fully informed of Bermuda’s Covid-19 status.
“The decisions to exempt Bermuda from the requirement to self-isolate on arrival in England and to remove the advice against all but essential travel to Bermuda are testament to the island’s success in tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.”
British Airways resumes its London Gatwick service to Bermuda on July 17, twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
While the new rules apply to air arrivals in England, the website adds: “Information for travel into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be published in due course by the devolved administrations.”
Commercial flights to and from the island started yesterday, but travel restrictions remain in place at Bermuda’s gateway destinations.
Restrictions are particularly tough for those seeking to fly to Canada.
A spokeswoman for the Consulate General of Canada said non-Canadians must prove to the Canadian Border Services Agency that they are exempt from travel restrictions and are travelling for an essential purpose in order to enter the country.
Travellers must also not have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 and show they have a plan to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
The spokeswoman added that the restrictions will remain in place until at least July 31, but could be extended.
Bermudians who wish to travel to the United States when Delta service to Atlanta begins on July 6 will face comparatively fewer restrictions.
A spokeswoman for the US Consulate General said Bermuda residents will not be required to be tested for Covid-19 to enter the US.
She added: “Procedures for inspection at the United States Customs Border Protection pre-clearance facility at the airport have not changed however, passengers must adhere to enhanced safety measures including physical distancing protocols, wearing a face covering and following hand sanitising requirements.
“There have been several presidential proclamations suspending entry into the United States which apply to individuals who have been physically present in China, Iran, the Schengen Zone, the UK, Ireland and Brazil.
“These presidential proclamations do not apply to those who have been in Bermuda for the last 14 days.”
Questions also remain for those who hope to travel from the UK into the EU.
The UK has been included in a “safe travel destinations” list by the European Council, but it will be up to individual EU nations when and how they open their borders.
Bermuda is not included in the safe destination list, and it is unclear if the UK’s designation will extend to Bermuda or other British Overseas Territories.
• For more details on the UK Government’s rules for arriving travellers, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors
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