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Travel to Wales from South African countries / South America

There are no longer any categories of person who are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate when travelling from these countries.

January 22nd, 2021

Regulation 12E(6) of the International Travel Regulations confirms that where a person has arrived in Wales from a country or territory subject to additional isolation measures (which includes South Africa), or, has within the period of 10 days ending with the day of their Plane in the airarrival in Wales been in such a country or territory, they, nor any member of their household, are to be treated as a person who is exempt from the requirement to self-isolate upon their return to Wales.

There are, however, excepted reasons for which these arrivals can leave the premises in Wales in which they are self-isolating. These are:

a) For as long as necessary:

  • to seek medical assistance, where this is required urgently or on the advice of a registered medical practitioner;
  • to avoid serious illness, injury or other risk of serious harm;
  • to fulfil a legal obligation, including attending court or satisfying bail conditions, or to participate in legal proceedings;

b) If required to do so by a constable; and

c) To travel to for the purpose of leaving Wales.

It must be noted that other countries are also on this list and guidance should be checked.