New form requirement for UK travellers
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Starting today UK travellers must bring with them a new form indicating that their trip is permitted during the UK’s lockdown measures.
UK travellers must bring with them a new form indicating that their trip is permitted during the UK’s lockdown measures.
“Carriers will be checking the forms have been completed before boarding, either at check-in (online or at the check-in desk) or the departure gate. Passengers who do not have a valid form may be denied access to their booked service. Carriers will also be legally obliged to set out on their website that the form must be completed before travelling,” according to the UK.gov site.
With stay-at-home rules still in place, it is currently illegal for UK residents to travel internationally, with some exceptions.
With stay-at-home rules still in place, it is currently illegal for UK residents to travel internationally, with some exceptions.
The site notes that police have been stepping up their presence at ports and airports in recent weeks. “Officers will be conducting spot checks and have the power to ask travellers to produce a completed form. It will be an offence to fail to produce a completed form and individuals could face a £200 fine.”
The form, available here, has check-boxes with permitted reasons for international travel: Work, Volunteering; Education: Medical / Compassionate Reasons; or Wedding, Funeral or related event. Travellers can also provide details if their reason for travel doesn’t fall under one of those categories.
The signed declaration indicates that anyone providing false or misleading information may be issued a fine, instructions to return home or arrested.
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