No mandatory quarantine for seafarers in UK

Seafarers will be exempted from planned travel restrictions that could include a mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors and residents returning to the UK, seafarers union Nautilus has said.

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed that seafarers would be exempt from the quarantine measures announced on May 10th.

Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson welcomed the move and said ministers were listening to the Union’s concerns. ‘It is good to see government supporting its key workers and sticking to its commitment to keep crew changes moving. Seafarers ensure that global trade can continue, putting food on our tables and bringing much-needed medical supplies, at a time when many countries are keeping their borders closed and restricting movement due to containment strategies”, he said.