People planning to travel abroad required to declare a 'valid reason'

People wishing to travel outside of England are required to provide a valid reason for their travel, it has been announced.

In the lower house, Interior Minister Priti Patel explained the new quarantine rules.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said “going on vacation is not a valid reason” for ignoring the rules of staying at home.

She told Commons: “For those traveling from the UK, we will also improve and tighten enforcement rules.

“Because despite the rules for staying at home, we still see people who don’t obey these rules. The rules are clear, people should stay home unless they have a valid reason to go.

“Going on vacation is not a valid reason, so we’re going to introduce a new requirement so that people who want to travel have to explain why they need to travel first.

“This reason for travel is verified by the airlines prior to departure, and this approach effectively mirrors the arrivals checks already in place with the Passenger Location Form.”

Priti Patel outlined the new rules for the border as he spoke in the House of Commons.

She said, “First, the police have stepped up controls and are doing more physical controls at addresses to make sure people are complying with self-isolation rules.

“Second, we will continue to deny entry to residents outside the UK from Red List countries that are already under UK travel bans.

Thirdly, as the Prime Minister said, we will introduce a new process of managed isolation in hotels for those who cannot be refused entry, including those returning from countries where we have already imposed international travel bans.

“They all have to isolate for 10 days and the Department of Health and Welfare will be finalizing more details on this approach next week.”

The Home Secretary also criticized social media influencers for “showing off” online while on vacation on board, even though England is under a national ban.


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