Some people believe that relocating to the UK is not possible! Thankfully this is not true, you can relocate to the UK.
Throughout the pandemic, it has been possible to transport people’s possessions so that they can be moved to their new home. During the UK lockdown we have been very busy conducting virtual video pre-move surveys as well as some desktop home search services.
However, there have been a few restrictions which have slowed any things down. It now looks like things will start to become easier in June and July, with some countries looking to open up to international visitors and some airlines broadly selling tickets from the UK from June.
The UK government has clarified its guidelines for people arriving in the UK as of 8 June, the EU has set out guidelines for appropriate airport operations to prevent Coronavirus contagion, countries such as Greece and Spain have also said that they expect to open for tourism and it is now possible to book fights on some airlines as things look to become easier in June and July.
What you need to know about travelling to the UK
Firstly, anyone with potential signs of Coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms should not travel.
The UK Government advise that from 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules are for residents and visitors.
When these rules are in place, you will:
- need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK
- not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
- You should also download the NHS contact tracing app.
- Provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK
- If you are travelling to the UK, you’ll need to fill in an online form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel.
- You might need to show that you’ve completed the form when you arrive at the UK border.
- If you refuse to fill in the form, you may be fined. You also may not be allowed to enter the UK (unless you’re either British or a UK resident).
The government will use this information to contact you if you or someone you’ve travelled with develops Coronavirus symptoms, and to check that you’re self-isolating for the first 14 days after you arrive in the UK.
Currently if you refuse to provide your contact details you may be fined £100 or £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate. You could also face further action.
The advice and guidance is subject to change without notice
How a 14 day quarantine period could work as part of an international relocation
Unlike going on a foreign holiday, a family relocating to a new home in the UK or overseas is less affected by the 14 day quarantine requirement. In the course of a relocation, 14 days is a very short amount of time.
The household goods move
We already have a number of solutions for managing an international move in a COVID safe manner. These cover everything from the virtual survey, procedures for packing your home, transportation, storage and delivery.
As noted earlier, airlines are opening bookings based on strict guidelines around your time in the airport and when you arrive.
Temporary accommodation for isolation
Providing you have a place to stay and isolate, then you will be able to progress with your relocation to the UK. We are able to arrange serviced accommodation which accommodates single family units which will make it possible to isolate for the quarantine period.
The Government has also indicated that they are likely to open hotels in time, which will also increase the range of options available.
During the isolation period, there is the possibility to work from your temporary accommodation.
Finding a home
Once out of isolation, you will be able to undertake home finding in the UK utilising the government safety guidelines.
Once you have found your new home, we can arrange for the lease and everything you need to secure your home in the UK.
This will enable you to find a property where you can move in and enjoy your time in the UK.
When you already have a home
If you already have a home, you can have your items delivered and move in directly. You can then isolate for the quarantine period in your home. If you wish to work from home during this period, we can provide office equipment and set up a home working environment.