Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th March 2021.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that private plane owners comply with international travel restrictions.

Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plan to review the use of private planes during the covid-19 pandemic; and whether users of such aircraft have operated within international travel restrictions when compared to compliance across commercial airlines.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The international travel regulations apply to all individuals and operators, including those that use private planes. As such, they are subject to the same requirements and enforcement, including by the Border Force and Civil Aviation Authority.

In addition, my Department has issued guidance for the General Aviation (GA) sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidance makes clear that international GA flying should follow the wider rules regarding international travel. This includes the requirement for anyone who has been in a travel ban red list country in the previous 10 days to arrive in England via an approved entry point. The enforcement of the entry ban on non-resident nationals from red list countries is managed by Border Force.

My Department is working across government to continuously review the effectiveness of international travel regulations to best protect public health and ensure they are working effectively. This includes considering health evidence and information on compliance from the Border Force and Civil Aviation Authority.

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