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Friday, May 29, 2020 

The UK Chamber of Shipping has succeeded in securing exemptions for seafarers and offshore workers from the UK government requirement that persons arriving in the UK from 8 June 2020 self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

UK Chamber of Shipping Chief Executive Bob Sanguinetti said: “We welcome the decision by the government to exempt seafarers, offshore and maritime workers from the 14-day quarantine rules. This will allow these key workers to join and leave their ships to enable trade to continue to flow in support of the world’s economies. We will continue to engage with officials to ensure the quarantine rules do not stay in place any longer than necessary.”

The exemption includes essential workers but not tourist and other passengers. The Chamber is in close contact with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Home Office regarding international passenger travel.

The UK Government announced on 22 May that quarantine restrictions would be applied on persons entering the UK with effect from 8 June 2020. The measures will apply to arrivals from anywhere outside the UK with the exception of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. They will be reviewed at three-week intervals.

In addition to seafarers and offshore workers, there are exemptions for inspectors or surveyors of ships and workers with specialist technical skills, where those skills are required for essential or emergency works or services (including commissioning, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks) to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods. Those exempted from quarantining will still be required to provide journey and contact details when travelling to the UK, via an online form.

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