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COVID-19 Quarantine on Return to UK

The Home Secretary has announced that from 8 June, all residents and visitors who are intending to travel to the United Kingdom are required to self-isolate for 14 days. This can be at their residence or pre-arranged accommodation e.g. a booked hotel, or at a Government provided quarantine facility.

Prior to arriving to the United Kingdom, residents and visitors must complete the online locator form on the gov.uk website. Individuals will be sent an electronic receipt, confirming they have completed the declaration and the specific details entered, which they may need to show a Border Force officer upon arrival to the United Kingdom. Individuals do not need to complete the form or self-isolate for 14 days if they are travelling to the UK from within the Common Travel Area.

The Department for Transport (DfT) have advised the type of aircraft, AOC or IFR/VFR does not impact whether an individual must adhere to the self-isolation rules.  Pilots and Crew members who have travelled to the UK in the course of their work are exempt from the 14 day self-isolation, as defined in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Air Navigation order 2016. GA pilots who fly to the UK for leisure purposes do not qualify for the quarantine exemption.

The government has published advice on Private "recreational" GA flying from airfields or flying sites in England, providing social distancing measures are strictly observed https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation . Further advice from the CAA can be found within the document.

These measures and exemptions will be kept under regular review and updates will be available on the gov.uk website.

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