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re covid restrictions, can i travel to the uk and then leave the uk before 14 days?

after lots of umming and ahing i figured this was the right section for this question.

maybe someone can help me! and just fyi i have tried googling this but im only getting info from June.

so prior to the latest uk covid restrictions announced last week and due to begin on december 2nd, it seemed to be the case that if you travelled into the uk, altho you had to spend 14 days in self-isolation, there were a few caveats. the caveat relevant to this question is the one about if you intended to leave the uk before these 14 days were up. If this were the case then, yes you could leave the Uk before 14 days as long as you social distanced your way to the airport and then continued isolation at your next destination.

however, it seems to me that this caveat no longer applies. at least, i cant find mention of it anywhere. i can find mention of it at a few places but they are all from pages dated July.

does anyone here please know anything about this? basically i want to travel to the uk in a couple of weeks, meet some people to sign something, and then come back to CH within 3 or 4 days ... like, this would be my plan if there was no covid for example. im wondering if it's still possible tho.

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Old 30.11.2020, 00:14
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Re: re covid restrictions, can i travel to the uk and then leave the uk before 14 day

You can travel to the U.K.... and come back in 3 or 4 days, but you canít meet anybody during those 3 or 4 days because you will be in quarantine.
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Re: re covid restrictions, can i travel to the uk and then leave the uk before 14 day

hey thanks for the reply! that would be no problem, it's literally just the signing of the thing that's why im there.

would you mind me asking please how you know this for certain? coz i cant find mention of this caveat at all including on the govt website.
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Re: re covid restrictions, can i travel to the uk and then leave the uk before 14 day

You used to be able to do this but as far as I know there's a UK international travel ban in place for anything other than essential business travel but I heard no-one is policing it and no-one asks any questions.
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Re: re covid restrictions, can i travel to the uk and then leave the uk before 14 day

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You used to be able to do this but as far as I know there's a UK international travel ban in place for anything other than essential business travel but I heard no-one is policing it and no-one asks any questions.
I’m pretty sure that’s for U.K. residents. They can’t stop “foreigners” going home.

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...avel-to-the-uk

Paragraph 3........:
“This is because it can take up to 14 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear. If you’re travelling to the UK for less than 14 days, you will be expected to self-isolate for the length of your stay, but you can travel directly to your place of departure.”

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basically i want to travel to the uk in a couple of weeks, meet some people to sign something, and then come back to CH within 3 or 4 days ... like, this would be my plan if there was no covid for example. im wondering if it's still possible tho.

thanks for any help
The meeting with other people - nope, not allowed. As Island Monkey said you have to go straight into quarantine and that means meeting no one.

Is this something that must be signed in front of witnesses? If so, then no, you can't because that would be breaking quarantine.

If it doesn't have to be signed in front of witnesses can they not just send the papers to you through the post, you sign it here and then post it back?

For the actual travel part, yes, it can be done. We did it in September: drove from here through France to Calais for the ferry, drove straight from Dover to our destination in the UK, stayed there for 4 days and then drove back to Switzerland again. And yes, we did get a phone call to check that we were self-isolating.
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You can travel to the U.K.... and come back in 3 or 4 days, but you canít meet anybody during those 3 or 4 days because you will be in quarantine.
You can travel by public transport, so will 'meet' many people.
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You can travel by public transport, so will 'meet' many people.
"How to travel to the place where you are self-isolating
When you arrive in the UK, go straight to the place youíre staying to self-isolate.

Only use public transport if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres apart from other people unless youíre exempt. Pack a face covering to cover your nose and mouth before you travel. If you have coronavirus symptoms, it is important that you do not travel by public transport."

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...avel-to-the-uk

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https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavi...blic-transport
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Re: re covid restrictions, can i travel to the uk and then leave the uk before 14 day

Not public transport. From the BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-52544307

For 14 days, starting the day after arrival, people quarantining should not:
Use taxis or public transport
Go to work, school, or public areas
Have visitors except for essential support
Go out to buy food, or other essentials, if they can rely on others.

Why not rent a meeting room at an airport hotel (physically connected to the terminal) that can be set up according to the distancing rules. (The airport might offer something on-site) You likely could be in and out in a few hours.
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Not public transport. From the BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-52544307

For 14 days, starting the day after arrival, people quarantining should not:
Use taxis or public transport
Go to work, school, or public areas
Have visitors except for essential support
Go out to buy food, or other essentials, if they can rely on others.

Why not rent a meeting room at an airport hotel that can be set up according to the rules. You likely could be in and out in a few hours.
The Government says you can if no other option.
The BBC does not make the rules
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Not public transport. From the BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-52544307

For 14 days, starting the day after arrival, people quarantining should not:
Use taxis or public transport
Go to work, school, or public areas
Have visitors except for essential support
Go out to buy food, or other essentials, if they can rely on others.

Why not rent a meeting room at an airport hotel (physically connected to the terminal) that can be set up according to the distancing rules. (The airport might offer something on-site) You likely could be in and out in a few hours.
That says day after arrival, nothing about not using public transport to get to your destination - which is perfectly fine on your arrival day.
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Re: re covid restrictions, can i travel to the uk and then leave the uk before 14 day

I won't debate the rights and wrongs of this, but I know several people from the Zurich area who have flown to London, gone to their respective office / client while maintaining social distances, masks etc, and then flown straight back out same day.


If it is just to sign documents in front of a solicitor, then you can go to an English solicitor in Switzerland. Withers in Geneva and Zurich and Howard Rosen in Zug are two that come to mind. the documents can be couriered direct there and then sent direct back.


Alternatively get a Swiss Notary to legalise the signature, and have an Apostille fixed. That will be valid in the UK as well.
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does anyone here please know anything about this? basically i want to travel to the uk in a couple of weeks, meet some people to sign something, and then come back to CH within 3 or 4 days ... like, this would be my plan if there was no covid for example. im wondering if it's still possible tho.

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Send them the thing to sign in the post, save you and the rest of us the trouble.
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Re: re covid restrictions, can i travel to the uk and then leave the uk before 14 day

thanks very much everybody for the great information and advice, really helpful. Island Monkey you found the part in the govt website! i dont know how i missed it tbh, thanks very much!

yeh everybody i know what you mean tho. its likely not the best idea youve ever heard, going to the uk to do this. thanks for the work around ideas.

btw Medea Fleecestealer, when you went over in Sept did they ask you why you were coming?
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thanks very much everybody for the great information and advice, really helpful. Island Monkey you found the part in the govt website! i dont know how i missed it tbh, thanks very much!

yeh everybody i know what you mean tho. its likely not the best idea youve ever heard, going to the uk to do this. thanks for the work around ideas.

btw Medea Fleecestealer, when you went over in Sept did they ask you why you were coming?
Not that I know of. No one at Dover wanted to talk to us, they weren't checking anyone for the necessary paperwork as far as I know though they did ask if we'd filled it in at Passport Control in Calais. I didn't take the call when they rang to check on us.
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Not public transport. From the BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-52544307

For 14 days, starting the day after arrival, people quarantining should not:
Use taxis or public transport
Go to work, school, or public areas
Have visitors except for essential support
Go out to buy food, or other essentials, if they can rely on others.

Why not rent a meeting room at an airport hotel (physically connected to the terminal) that can be set up according to the distancing rules. (The airport might offer something on-site) You likely could be in and out in a few hours.
Just for your info from what I've heard from people who have been to the UK and back including myself
- those responsible for enforcing the visitor quarantine rules in England are absolute rubbish,
no one comes round to check whether yourself-isolating or not in Engand and frankly it's a joke.

In fact the only quanrantine enforcer in the UK is Scotland where Nicola Sturgeon vowed that
every arrival to Scotland from countries not on the safe corridor list will be checked during
their 14 days self-isolation.

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