Quarantine Measures

Quarantine Measures Policy

The UK Government Policy enforces quarantine rules for residents and visitors entering the UK with the exemption of countries listed on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors.

The COVID-19 emergency requires all of us to work together in the national interest to protect the health and safety of everyone, jobs and our maritime economy. UKSA take safety of our teams, students and customers seriously. COVID-19 pandemic is potentially life threatening, we have therefore put social distancing measures in place inaccordance with COVID-19 government guidelines and requirements. UKSA will continue to follow government guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention. As a result; this policy may be subject to change at short notice. Updates will communicated  by UKSA. It is everyones responsibility to adbide by this policy as well as related Procedures/Risk Assessments. Failure to do will be taken seriously and so may lead to disciplinary action.

As of 15th February 2021 all UK travel corridors have been suspended and people travelling into the UK will have to provide proof of a negative COVID test from their country of departure, as well as having to isolate for 10 days. People travelling from ‘Red Zone’ countries must self isololate in a UK Government COVID sanctioned hotel at their own expense.

1. UKSA Responsibilities

To ensure that all activities are undertaken safely and that this policy is clearly understood throughout UKSA. We will:

  • ensure students and employees entering or returning to UK from another country, will not be permitted on UKSA site for a period of 10 days unless they are exempt such as:
  • key workers employed in the maritime industry including;
    • Seaman and Masters as defined in section 313(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995
    • Maritime Pilots as defined in paragraph 22(1) of schedule 3A of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995
    • Inspectors and surveyors of ships appointed under section 256 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
  • report to the Border Authorities anyone who believe has not satisfied the 14 day quarantine period as required by UK Government policy.
  • review this policy at least annually or more frequently if significant changes occur.

2. Student & Employee Responsibilities

Except where exemptions apply you will:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID test upon entry to the UK.
  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive in England together with the test test ref number.
  • not be permitted to stay at UKSA and must find alternative accommodation for your first 1O days in the country in accordance with UK Government guidance:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england
  • Take a Covid test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine.
  • Follow national lockdown rules.

You can only leave if:

  • you need urgent medical treatment
  • you need support from social services
  • you need food and medicine and cannot get them delivered or get a friend or family member to bring them
  • you’re going to the funeral of a close relative, or for other compassionate reasons
  • there’s an emergency, for example there’s a fire at the place you’re staying

You cannot have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing essential care.

3. After 10 days

If you do not have any coronavirus symptoms after 10 days, you can stop self-isolating. You will then need to follow the same rules as people who live in the UK and UKSA policies for Social Distancing.

Further details can be found at: www.gov.uk/uk-boarder-control

Student Exemptions:

Students who are exempt as described above must provide acceptable evidence of employment such as:

  • A Seafarers Identification Document (SID)
  • Joining papers
  • Seafarers Employment Agreement (SEA)
  • Seafarers discharge book
  • Basic training certificate
  • Declaration from the registered owners of a vessel confirming the individual as a crew member