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Nurses travelling to the UK from high-risk countries will now have to self-isolate for 14 days the government has confirmed, after a review ruled health and care professionals should no longer be exempt from the national requirement.
At the beginning of June, an exemption was put in place that meant registered health and care professionals did not have to self-isolate when travelling to England from overseas.
The government implemented this to ensure staff could return to the country to provide vital care and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, as signs of second waves of the novel virus begin to emerge in other countries, the government has now confirmed that as of today all registered health and care professionals travelling to England are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days.
The announcement follows a review, which found the staff exemption must be removed to minimise the risk of transmission that might infect the wider workforce.
The government said the move brings health and care professionals in line with the general public and further protects the NHS and social care from the spread of coronavirus from overseas.
A current list of countries exempt from self-isolation measures is available here and is under constant review and updated regularly.
Health and care professionals returning from a country which has a travel corridor to the UK will not be required to self-isolate on return.