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New 14 day quarantine from 8th June advice pls

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 21:31

I am a British citizen travelling to Heathrow on 17th June. I then need to catch another flight to Bulgaria 2 hours later from the same terminal but it's not a connecting flight. These are 2 separate tickets. I have to pass border control to collect my bags and then go to catch another flight. But if I pass border control it is as if I have entered the country. So I am considered a landside transit passenger. Will I be quarantined?

I read all government advice online and there is no such information anywhere. It is not clear!

Please advise

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Ginfordinner · 23/05/2020 21:33

Where are you flying from?

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 21:35

I am flying from Sao Paulo (Brazil) to London Heathrow T2. Then I have another flight with another airline to Bulgaria 2 hrs later. But I made the mistake to buy 2 separate tickets and so I must pass border control to get my suitcases :(

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ToffeeYoghurt · 23/05/2020 21:41

I hate to be negative and this isn't intended personally but I really hope you are. Hasn't Brazil got a very high number of cases at present? You'd be mingling with all the other passengers and staff. Who will then head off home on public transport...
Nevertheless despite my wishes I'm confident the government won't make you quarantine. Given they're planning to allow anybody doing so to travel to their UK destination by public transport before starting self isolation.

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Carolamc · 23/05/2020 21:43

Why on earth ask Mumsnet? Ask the UK
embassy, they may have the answers. Or perhaps the 'home department' ie the one run by Pritti useless

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inwood · 23/05/2020 21:45

Why are you travelling? Not being sarky

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 21:47

ToffeeYoghurt you are 100% right in thinking this way.

I posted a few months ago on here about my situation. I moved to Brazil with Brazilian husband and things were not going great. He kicked me and my daughter out and I am currently renting a flat near the airport and have been saving money to leave the country.

I must fly home

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 21:48

This is what I found on the gov webiste and in no way explains anything:

www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/layovers-and-transiting

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 21:50

I have emailed the British embassy here and they have just posted the same links that are in no way helpful.

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titchy · 23/05/2020 21:52

Tbh even without CV only 2 hours between long haul flights is far too short. You only need an hour delay into Heathrow and you won't have time to get landslide, then queue up at security to go through again.

If you're British do you have friends or family here you could stay with?

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ToffeeYoghurt · 23/05/2020 21:58

I'm sorry @justme36. What an awful situation for you. Sorry you're dealing with this. I hope you and your daughter make it home safely without too much difficulty.

You're a far lower risk than all the passengers who'll be heading off unchecked or quarantined onto London's public transport and beyond.

I hope somebody who knows can answer your question. I doubt you'll have to but can't say for certain.

I understand people have to get home in certain circumstances. I just wish the UK was doing the same as some other countries. Quarantining new arrivals at hotels (paid for by the state) and transported there by coach.

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 21:59

Yes I know it's a short connection but either way I could catch another flight 5 hrs later if I miss this one.

I have a sister in UK but can't stay there as she is worried about me passing the virus to her and her kids in case I catch it on the way. My parents live in Bulgaria so I was planning to go there for the summer.

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 22:02

Thank you ToffeeYoghurt and really I don't know why I am posting on here. I guess because you all are in the UK and might know more than me

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ToffeeYoghurt · 23/05/2020 22:04

Thinking about it. Unless the UK policy changes again you won't have to quarantine. From 8 June the government is going to ask all new arrivals to self isolate only once they get to their destination (home, hotel, etc).

I see what you mean by unhelpful btw. There's no information at all on that link!

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 22:09

Exactly ToffeeYoghurt! And if I don't give them an address as I won't be staying then what? It's so unclear

I even tweeted The home office, Heathrow airport and BBC news
no reply!

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ToffeeYoghurt · 23/05/2020 22:13

I assume you give the Bulgarian address?
It's a bit shit the lack of clear information.

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 22:14

Good point ToffeeYoghurt...I didn't think of that. I will give the Bulgarian address and see what they say!

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ToffeeYoghurt · 23/05/2020 22:17

Good luck with it all. I wish you and your daughter a safe journey.

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 22:18

Thank you ToffeeYoghurt. If you hear anything feel free to pm me too :)

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justme36 · 23/05/2020 23:42

Someone just gave me an idea. I leave suitacases behind and travel just with hand luggage. 2 small suitacases and 2 racksacks that go in the airplane with us. That way we go straight to connections and we don't pass border control.

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TheHighestSardine · 24/05/2020 00:04

Always a good idea if you can manage it! Best of luck with everything.

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justme36 · 24/05/2020 01:10

Thank you !

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notimagain · 25/05/2020 15:14

I'll risk stating the blindingly obvious: make sure you have your Boarding passes for the second sector before arriving at Heathrow...

Good Luck.

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justme36 · 25/05/2020 18:15

I received a response from the British embassy today:

Thank you for your contact.



Given that your final destination is Bulgaria and need to transit the UK boarder to return home, you may do so without self-isolating. You should avoid using public transportation to travel between ports. Please make sure to have all your flight reservation and documentation to show during your entering in the country.



Best regards,

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Ginfordinner · 25/05/2020 18:16

Brilliant news

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ToffeeYoghurt · 25/05/2020 19:21

That's good news. I'm glad they got back to you to clarify.
Wishing you luck with everything.

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