Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services
Members will be aware that the Welsh Government made provision in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the International Travel Regulations”) to ensure that travellers entering Wales from overseas countries and territories must isolate for 10 days and provide passenger information, to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. These restrictions came into force on 8 June 2020.
The International Travel Regulations are kept under review, and on 18 January the travel corridors were suspended. The current arrangements for travel within the Common Travel Area (CTA) (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) are unchanged so travel without isolation is still permitted.
The Regulations being made today extend the expiry date of the International Travel Regulations, the Operator Liability Regulations and the Passenger Information Regulations to 31 May 2022. They also amend the exemption from the prohibition on entry for red list travellers for masters and seamen and inspectors and surveyors of ships arriving in Wales from red list countries. The amendment excludes from the exemption, such persons arriving in Wales to work on, or having worked on cruise vessels.
The changes being made by these Regulations come into force from 04:00 hours Saturday 29 May.