International Travel Regulations
||9 July 2020
||The First Minister
Llywydd, at the request of the UK Government the Welsh Government has agreed to amend The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020 to exempt travellers from a list of countries from the quarantine requirements put in place by the regulations. The original regulations were made on 5 June and came into force on 8 June; the amended regulations will come into force on 10 July. As a result of the amended regulations travellers arriving in Wales from countries listed below will no longer be required to isolate for a quarantine period.
The travel regulations require passengers arriving in Wales from outside of the Common Travel Area, or where they have been outside of the Common Travel Area in the past 14 days, to provide their contact details and travel information and to isolate themselves for a period of 14 days. The Regulations contain a number of exemptions for specified categories of people – such as air flight crew, for example. The amendments agreed now exempt travellers from the countries listed.
We are also taking the opportunity to amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Information for Persons Travelling to Wales etc.) Regulations 2020 to provide flexibility in how the public health statement delivered to passengers on-board aircraft may be delivered. We are harmonising this statement with that given on behalf of the other UK countries.
Llywydd, responsibility for managing UK borders rests with the UK Government. The Welsh Government has, throughout this process, aimed to be constructive in enabling the UK Government achieve its policy objective. The UK Government has shared its methodology with us and this has been reviewed by the Chief Medical Officer.
Below is the list of exempt countries included in the Regulations.
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
The Republic of Korea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom Overseas Territories
The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in the Island of Cyprus
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands