UK government looks into reducing 14-day quarantine for arrivals

The UK government has launched a “global travel taskforce” to explore ways of reducing the current 14-day quarantine for people arriving in the UK from abroad. The cross-government panel will assess single and double testing regimes in an effort to restore consumer confidence and boost international travel.

a group of people standing around a bag of luggage: Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

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Led by transport secretary Grant Shapps and health secretary Matt Hancock, the new taskforce will work with travel industry experts, private sector testing firms, healthcare leaders and scientists. Recommendations will be put forward to the prime minister “no later than early November”. The group will also seek to achieve a an agreement covering all four UK nations.

Unless travelling from a small number of exempt destinations (currently only six), travellers arriving in the UK face 14 days of self-isolation. The taskforce will look at reducing this quarantine time with testing: it will assess both a

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Judge orders transfer of dozens out of government quarantine facility


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A Superior Court judge has determined that the Department of Public Health and Social Services did not follow the law when quarantining travelers, and appointed the Public Defender Service Corporation to represent all incoming passengers.

Multiple passengers have filed legal action against the government’s quarantine policy, which Superior Court of Guam Judge Elyze Iriarte found was not voluntary. 

After hearing from people held in the government quarantine facility, Iriarte determined some passengers did not quarantine voluntarily, and the department held one woman against her will.

‘Trying to make sure their rights are preserved’

The violations prompted Iriarte to transfer passengers out of the government quarantine facility.  

“We’ve heard testimony after testimony of people that you claim are voluntarily quarantined saying that they haven’t,” Iriarte said on

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