People who are returning to Wolverhampton from a holiday or other trip abroad are being reminded that they may be required to self isolate for 14 days to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

All travellers will need to self isolate for the first 14 days after they arrive, unless they are in countries that form part of the 'travel corridor' with the UK. 

Key holiday destinations such as Spain and France were removed from the travel corridor in recent weeks due to increasing levels of Covid-19 infections in the 2 countries, meaning holidaymakers were required to self isolate on their return. Yesterday, Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic became the latest countries to be taken off the list.

In addition, residents or visitors travelling to the UK from any country, regardless of whether they are on the travel corridor or not, must provide their journey and contact details.

For full details of coronavirus regulations regarding travel, and a list of countries which are currently on the travel corridor, please visit Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Corridors. 

Anyone not self isolating where required could be fined £1,000. People who don't provide accurate contact information face a fine of up to £3,200.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "It's important that people are aware of the regulations regarding travel into the UK, and that they self isolate for 14 days if required; this is because it can take up to 14 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear.

"So if you are planning on going away, or you are due to return to the UK shortly, please check the latest travel guidance and help prevent the spread of Covid-19."

Latest data shows there were 12.18 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the 7 days up to 24 August, compared to 17.92 per 100,000 in the 7 days up to 17 August.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. People with symptoms, no matter how mild, should immediately self-isolate and book a test by visiting Coronavirus (COVID-19) or calling 119.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about people that have been close contacts recently.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit Stay Safe, Be Kind