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International Travel - COVID-19

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Foreign holidays are currently banned, however, a traffic light system of rules is going to be introduced later this month with countries classed as green, amber or red. The new rules provide that travellers to green countries will not need to isolate on their return, but they will need to take a COVID-19 test. Arrivals from amber countries will need to self-isolate for 10 days (this can be reduced to 5 days using the test to release scheme, however, please be advised SCC will not fund this test), while red-list countries have the strictest rules, with only UK or Irish nationals allowed to return and they must pay to stay in a government approved managed quarantine hotel for 10 days.

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Staff intending to travel abroad who are not exempt from the quarantine period upon their return to the UK will be required to work from home for the quarantine period either in their substantive role or redeployed to reasonable alternative duties to enable them to work from home, providing they are well enough to do so.
 
A sympathetic approach should be taken for those staff who had pre-booked holidays abroad that cannot be cancelled without incurring financial cost (i.e. insurers will not reimburse cost) that were arranged prior to 15th January 2021 when all travel corridors were closed and all arrivals to the UK were required to quarantine for up to 10 days.
 
We will be reviewing and updating our FAQ document as further details emerge and Government guidance is produced in relation to foreign travel and so you are advised to regularly check the dedicated COVID-19 SSE webpage for updated information.

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Created at 06/05/2021 09:02 by Jemma.Gillard
Last modified at 06/05/2021 09:02 by Jemma.Gillard